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IndyStar about Jazz Pianist Keelan Dimick

He practices Transcendental Meditation …
Before Dimick moved to Idaho and studied with Nielsen, he lived in Fairfield, Iowa. Thanks to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — known for bringing the Beatles and Mia Farrow to higher spiritual planes — the city is an enlightenment capital where residents are known to sit without moving for 20 minutes twice a day or so.

In the still moments, Transcendental Meditation quiets the mind to bring forth “a peaceful level of your own awareness,” according to the technique’s website, tm.org.

“I come from that tradition and that town where that’s just what you do,” Dimick said. “My mom taught me when I was 10 years old, and I started getting really into it when I was about 16, with high school starting (to be) a little bit tedious. And I noticed right even from that age that it had a huge impact on the way that I went along with my day.”

He continues to practice the technique.

Read the whole article here:
https://eu.indystar.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/11/30/keelan-dimick-american-pianists-awards-finalist-talks-performing/2101632002/


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What we see depends on how we see

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." 
--Dorothea Lange
 
The artist and the photographer are in the habit of noticing, in detail, 
their environment. 
They observe with intent. They remember details and record them. 
The colours, shapes, textures, compositions--they notice the contrasts of light 
and shade and the infinite number of colours and combinations of colours. 
When these colours and combinations are 'just so' they trigger a blissful response 
in the brain chemistry. I can remember being very moved by the colours 
in my Mother's silk scarves and the jumpers she knitted--beautiful earthy tones 
to sooth the savage beast..
 
Its all too beautiful--the plain grey background showing off a flashy feature, 
an autumn leaf, the feel of a thing, the happy sky above..
 
Because of this practiced observation the artist's perception becomes refined and, 
with the addition of TM to their tool-kit, perception becomes more celestial.
 
They fall in love with the delights nature offers up and they want to re-create them 
in order to own them, immortalise them, and share them.
 
They pour all their attention, in the form of love and joy, into their re-production--
and this love, once it goes into the work, stays there forever--it is locked away.
 
Their fascination with that little law of nature, once recorded on canvas or film, 
fades somewhat, and they move on to other loves. They keep painting picture 
after picture--one fancy after another. Its a trip. Nevertheless yesterday's 
painting remains as full as it was in the freshness of the artist's conception 
and is always ready to welcome new eyes to appreciate it--that same love 
that went into it initially now inspires and uplifts whoever sees it 
(to the extent that it can--it enlivens that level from whence it came).
 
Thus the artist practices and, in the natural tendency of more and more, 
his standards rise and reflect more of the divinity he wants to express. 
He pictures reality, makes a little imitation of reality and reminds us of the 
subtleties of life--it is the lie that tells the truth. He is packaging God 
and making it available to others. All he has done is to draw attention 
to something he has noticed--he has framed it, published it, and says,
'this is to be looked at'.
 
A guitarist makes music out of noise and brings harmony and joy to others. 
A wordsmith writes to entertain and to educate. Parents raise children on 
a diet of love and affection and these divine qualities multiply and expand 
generation after generation.
 
Whatever we do in life it is therefore necessary to first contact the home of 
unbounded love and bliss so that we have it to give in the first place. 
The artist can only express what is inside--if he tries to fake it, makes something 
beautiful when he is not feeling beautiful, it does not ring true. 
Some intangible X-factor is missing.
 
The artist is saying, by his many works, 'God is here', 'God is there', and 
'God is also there'. God is everywhere if you look well. 
So his is a life of celebration of the highest order. 
We can all get high doing things we love. 
The Vedic artist is a yogi first and an artist second--therefore he seeks 
God twenty four hours a day.
 
He sees a tree with a regard for its aesthetic beauty. When he looks at the old oak tree 
he transcends and worships it. He then paints it in such a way that others can see what 
he has seen--he creates some sublime feeling of awe and grace to fulfil his purpose.
 
When a carpenter or a wood merchant sees the same tree he looks at it in a different 
way according to his calling. A hungry man is looking for fruit, another man wants 
shelter from the elements--we see it differently. We can see it in any way we want.
 
Jai Guru Dev
Richard Barnes
Australia
https://richardbarnesart.wordpress.com


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Exhibit by Hong Kong Portrait Artist Raises Funds for MUM

Michael Andrew Law (Law Cheuk Yui), a Hong Kong contemporary artist, is exhibiting paintings in Gate Ridge Court, suite 205, through March 30. Admission is free, and funds from the sale of paintings will go to MUM and the David Lynch Foundation.
The 11 oil paintings, which range in size from 36 x 36 inches to 51 x 71 inches, include portraits of Maharishi, President John Hagelin, Filmmaker David Lynch, Professor Fred Travis, and Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation.
Purchases will be possible after March 30 and all proceeds will go directly to either of the two beneficiaries.
The exhibit is titled “From Unmanifest to Manifest in the Art of Hyper Pop Surrealism.”
Mr. Law, 35, studied with top artists and had a career as a commercial artist, including designing many cover spreads for Hong Kong press and working as a comic artist, illustrator, and film producer.
He then left commercial work to focus on his fine art practice and founded his own gallery in Central District, Hong Kong. His work has been shown at top venues, including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in The Avenue of Stars.
His work has received wide attention, with three dozen popular artist books having been published that present his work. He has written essays on contemporary art and films, and also teaches workshops on classical and contemporary art for schools, organizations, and corporations.
His first completed painting in the group of paintings that have been donated was a birthday gift to his mother, PhD student Janet Ho, who had encouraged him to resume the regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique during a difficult time in his life.
After becoming regular in his practice again, he experienced profound changes within himself and decided to help others have the same experience by donating to MUM and the David Lynch Foundation.
The suite in Gate Ridge Court, playfully titled Cutie Showroom Fine Art ZOOMED!!!, is open from 3:00–4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 3:00–4:00 p.m. by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more about the artist, visit his website at michaelandrewlaw.com
Source: The Review, Vol. 33, #10, February 28, 2018, Maharishi University of Management


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ALEX AND ANI is donating 20% of the purchase price of each Meditating Eye sold to DLF

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We would like to thank ALEX AND ANI for their collaboration with the David Lynch Foundation on the NEW Meditating Eye Collection! Close your eyes and settle deep into stillness—into the field of limitless possibilities within you. Open your eyes and your mind is clear, creative, focused.

ALEX AND ANI is donating 20% of the purchase price of each Meditating Eye sold to DLF. This support helps DLF address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations. With the holiday season approaching, the Meditating Eye will make the perfect gift for your loved ones. Give the gift of peace this season.

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