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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Jade Leone Blackwater’s Interview with Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Jade Leone Blackwater is a writer, artist, and brand consultant from the Pacific Northwest. She's the owner of the Brainripples studio, specializing in branding, marketing, and content strategy for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Her writing appears in Wild River Review, Line Zero, The Monongahela Review, as well as technical, trade, and scientific resources for popular audiences. https://www.brainripples.com/2017/01/feature-writer-interview-journeying-with-madhu-bazaz-wangu/  ...

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Meditations for Mindful Writers II: Sensations, Feelings, Thoughts

    I am raising money to make my second CD, Meditations for Mindful Writers II: Sensations, Feelings, Thoughts. Please see the testimonials of the people whose creative life has been transformed by using my first CD, Meditations for Mindful Writers: Body, Heart, Mind. If you would like to donate here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/meditations-for-mindful-writers-ii “Madhu Wangu is a patient, clear and creative teacher. She simplified meditation for me she said, ‘To meditate is to breathe. Just pay attention to your breath and feel your inner body.’ Too simple, surely; but not too easy.”  –Maryalice Meli  Not only have my meditations and mindful writing practice changed my own craft and enriched my work, they’ve influenced many writers across the world. Here’s one glimpse into the meditations I’ve created and want to bring to market through this campaign: On...

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Happy New Year, 2017!

Wishing the Mindful Writers, Facebook friends and family members a year filled with health, inner happiness and gratitude. May you take an inward journey in 2017 that reveals your deepest desire, helps you discover your authentic self and indestructible inner treasures. Here are photos of this year’s Navreh Thals, New Year Plates. They include our Thal and our daughters’ Thals. A cornucopia of symbolic items, the plate is placed in the kitchen to be carefully looked at the first thing in the morning of January 1 and internalize its message. Each plate is filled with grains of uncooked rice symbolizing sustenance and abundance. Two small bowls, nestled in the rice, are filled with milk and yogurt. The transformation from milk to yogurt symbolizes technique, time and patience it takes, like making yogurt,...

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Alleviating Holiday Stress

The most enjoyable time, as well as the most stressful time, of the year is almost here. Let’s have lots of fun and stress less. At a recent gathering while enjoying an after dinner tête-à-tête, one person blurted out ‘Mindfulness, shindefulness! As if I don’t have enough stress, now you expect me to add mindfulness to the heap of tasks I must do!’ Most of you know the practice of meditation that results in mindfulness is exact opposed of stress. It alleviates stress. Here is a tip for bringing peace and joy into your days of shopping, cooking, entertaining, warmth and what not. Just for five minutes (time yourself) sit comfortably at a place where you can be alone, (even if it is in the bathroom). Use earplugs to decrease noise. Focus on...

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An Evening with Art and Inspiration International

A few weeks ego, William Rock organized an evening of creativity and ideas at the Shaler North Hills Library. William is a prolific painter and sculptor who presided at the event. Known as Art and Inspiration International the Thursday evening’s affair is attended by interested and articulate audience. Musicians, artists and writers offer imaginative and creative presentations. On November 3, Kathryn Bashaar (The Saint’s Mistress) and I were the presenters. Kathryn discussed her debut novel, The Saint’s Mistress, the story that breathes life into the previously untold story of Saint Augustine’s beloved mistress Leona, a North African peasant. I talked about my debut novel The Immigrant Wife: Her spiritual Journey, the story of Shanti Bamzai, a young woman who dares to follow her heart and fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. Here...

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SHANGRI LA: THE REMOTEST VALLEY ON EARTH

Our plane landed in Lhasa, Tibet, the “roof of the world.” Kelsang our guide, and Tensing the driver drove us to Hotel Shangri La; the name James Hilton gave Tibet in his 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. We drove over Lhasa River, through the heart of the capital city as sky-touching-mountain-peaks came to sight. Tibet shares Mt. Everest and the towering peaks with Nepal. Below, Lhasa River was flowing lazily under late morning sun. Over the bridge, rainbow-colored flags fluttered in the breeze. Kelsang suggested we take it easy on the first day lest we suffer altitude sickness. (Altitude of Lhasa 11, 450’) We had planned to walk through the town! Once in our hotel room we became aware of slight dizziness, heart thumping and trouble breathing. Each time we stood up or...

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Shanghai: 21st Century Metropolis

Our hotel in Shanghai faced the Bund overlooking Yang Tse River and the mesmerizing mega tall skyscrapers of its famous skyline. What a view! Many of these structures rank among the tallest in the world: Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center (with an observation deck 1,555 feet above ground level), The Shanghai Tower (second tallest in the world at 2, 073 ft. like tail of a dragon touching the sky) and Jin Mao Tower (literally ‘Golden Prosperity Building)’ with its tiered pagoda like structure. Our guide, Tao Lin (Tracey) said Shanghai was the most populous city in the world but it didn’t feel that crowded. It was hard to believe that some fifty years ego the Pudong area, on which the city is build, was mostly populated...

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Chengdu: Home of Panda Bears

Xiaoli Wan (Kitty), our guide in Chengdu, checked us in to St. Regis Hotel. From the expansive window in our room we had a view of the recently constructed skyscrapers. She waited for us in the lobby to freshen up and drove us for a hot-pot dinner. At the restaurant, a waiter brought a container with two gravy sections, one pepper hot the other milky. She lit the lights underneath the rectangular cooker/server. When the liquids started to boil Xiaoli dropped vegetables and meats in batches. It took just a few minutes for slices of lotus root, mushrooms, and pieces of beef, chicken, and shrimps to cook. The Sichuan gravy was flaming hot but the milder gravy complemented it. Our next stop was Chengdu Opera. The time was dusk. From the...

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