Mindfulness embraces…

August 18, 2015

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Yellows by Lisa Rivas

Looking at “Yellows” by Lisa Rivas
Being present through painting is a wonderful moment of mindfulness.

A Dream of Mother…

June 29, 2015

A few years ago I had an astonishing dream of my deceased mother.
She was this amazing TORTOISE in this very exotic room.

Mom leads me to The Tortoise : : Guidance — Lisa Rivas


Since then I started finding small Turtles and Tortoises here and there.
I would bring them to her as offerings asking: “What does this mean? — tell me.”

Through the years I always wondered about that dream. 
This is what I have found so far:

“Guidance” is the special gift of the TORTOISE.

The Tortoise carries “the map of our treasure” within the markings of it’s shell.
It requires deep patience and inner peace to be able to decipher it’s magical code,
this is achieved only through meditation.

Your own treasure will then be revealed.


…going to Gray Beach

June 17, 2015

I created 12 mini booklets (with writings) from folded sheets of paper.
(a beautiful way to follow a stream of consciousness)


There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. ~ Maurice Sendak

I then selected the “Gray Beach” booklet to fledge out.
It became a poem… more next post.

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.
One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

…more to Moore

May 28, 2015

The more we do, the more we can do. ~William Hazlitt

More to Moore by Lisa Rivas

“More to Moore” © Lisa Rivas

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
~Oprah Winfrey

…some Rolling Colors!

April 5, 2015

 First I had some toast, bacon and eggs…
 Then I went outside to enjoy the garden and…
 Look what I found in the nooks and crannies outside…
 A beautiful array of eggs perfectly outfitted! 


easter-eggs by Lisa Rivas

Reason enough for me to call them “Rolling Colors”
Easter Eggs handcrafted by Lisa Rivas © 2015 (inquiries are welcomed)

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty,
musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.
It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope,
a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising,
to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and,
the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.
~Author unknown