Emerging Lotus flowers

Hello friends,

The magical season of spring is upon us and mother nature is celebrating her flowers all over the Northern Hemisphere. In honor of the glorious color green, I am extending my green sale until April 11.

Use the new coupon code green when checking out to receive 25% off on my green Lotus flower t-shirts, Kimono wrap, Waterfall vest and Tube scarf. 


I was in Los Angeles last week and while I was there, I made my pilgrimage to Echo Park Lake to pay homage to the special Lotus flowers that have given and continue to give so much to me. 


In March, the flowers first leaves appear above the water and then over the course of a couple of days they slowly roll open on the of the waters surface.

               While they are unfolding they look like little boats on the water.

               While they are unfolding they look like little boats on the water.

I imagine the boat has travels from the mud to deliver a message from the heavens. When it is ready, it scrolls open on the water announcing the birth of the new flower. 

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                                                               Thank you for being a part of my journey
                                                         
                                                                                                xo
                                                                                                 jq
 

Why I meditate

Hello Friends

I am continuing with this month's "love your selfie" theme and want to share a little about my meditation practice because it has changed my life for the better.                                       

It wasn't easy for me when I started. Actually, it felt more like torture but I continued to practice because in between my anxiousness and restlessness I experienced little tiny moments of peace and I wanted to feel more of that. Over time, I learned how to let the restlessness fade away and started to see and feel changes in myself and my life. 

 I noticed I was able to remain calm during life's mini crisis. (Nothing like be able to take a deep breathe instead of reacting). I also became more accepting and forgiving of others and myself and overall kinder and more patient. All of this has made me a happier person. I could write a novel about my journey and maybe one day I will. For now, I just want to share this simple meditation for you to try. 



                
Sit comfortably in easy pose with your legs crossed on the floor or in a chair whichever is more comfortable.

EYE POSITION: Focus your lightly closed eyes at the third eye point (between the eyebrows)

MANTRA: SAT NAAM (means truth is my identity)

MUDRA: (Hand position) With the four fingers of the right hand feel the pulse on the left wrist. Place the fingers in a straight line lightly so you can feel the pulse in each fingertip. On each beat of the heart mentally repeat Sat Naam.

TIME: Set a timer for 7 minutes and then work it up to 11. If 7 feels impossible start with 3 minutes. 

COMMENTS: This a good meditation for someone who doesn't know how to meditate. It allows you to control reaction to any situation and can bring sweetness to the most scattered minds.


If you live in New York and would like to join one of my meditation classes, I teach every Wednesday at Stein Senior Center on 23rd Street and 3 Ave. (2nd floor) The class is from 1-2 pm. Technically the class is for people 62 and older but I think they will be okay if you drop in for my meditation class. 

This article outlines the many benefits of meditation. You will be amazed. http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/


I almost forgot to let you know that there are three new colored Lotus flower cap sleeve shirts on the sale page on my website.



      

Please feel free to comment and share your experience with your meditation practice in the comments on the blog. I would love to read about them. 

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's day
xo
jq

Love your selfie

Dear Friends

Valentine's Day is around the corner and I thought I would share some of the tools I use that help me connect with self-love. One of the practices I recently incorporated into my daily routine is doing mirror work. I'll admit it was difficult. Over time, it has been a fun intimate way for me to connect with myself each day.

                                                                              "Love is the great miracle cure.
                                                                   Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives."
                                                                                                                         Louise Hay


If you haven't already seen this video please take a second and watch it. It is precious. Click on the image and it will take you to her video on You Tube. I promise it will bring a smile to your face.    
                                                                  

                                                    Jessica loving her selfie

                                                    Jessica loving her selfie

If you haven't already seen this video please take a second and watch it. It is precious. Click on the image and it will take you to her video on You Tube. I promise it will bring a smile to your face.  

 

                                          "You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked
                                                            Try approving of yourself and see what happens."
                                                                                         Louise Hay

 

 

                                                                        Have a wonderful day

                                                                                      xo jq

 

            


 

Walking meditation with the giant tree

           “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” - John Muir

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Dear Friends,

I just got back from my trip to California. I was focusing on  production work for jqlovesu. Gratefully, I managed some time outside the city to go camping in the Sequoia National Park. I had the incredible experience of walking among the world's largest living trees. The General Sherman Sequoia tree is the world's largest living tree and believe it or not it is the same height as the statue of liberty!

I love to meditate when I am walking because I notice that I am not always experiencing the moment. My mind is busy and working over time about all the other details. One of my favorite walking meditations is one that I learned from one of my Kundalini yoga teachers. I love it because it can  keep you in the present moment.

Instructions:

1. Press your thumb to your index finger and say "Sat" = Birth

2. Next press your middle finger to your thumb and say "Ta" = Life

3. Press ringer finger and thumb "Na" = Death

4. Press pinky finger and thumb "Ma" = Rebirth

I did this meditation when I was in the park. It helped distract me from what I would naturally do. Otherwise, I would have been worrying about the fabric, the sewing, money and all the other details my mind likes to torture me with when it is idling. I am glad I did. I might not have seen this smiling sleeping rock.

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 I encourage all of you take a few minutes and try this walking meditation. The beautiful trees and leaves will rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit and bring you peace. I have to go Brooklyn on Saturday and just writing this has inspired me to make a point and schedule a walk through Prospect Park before I go to a friend's house. 

Please feel free share how this meditation made you feel.

I am excited to share that I have new colors and designs coming soon.

Until next time, 

xo

jq

Emerging Lotus

Dear Friends,

Hello and welcome to my new jq loves u blog.  So many new things are going on that I can’t wait to share with you.  A new jq loves u website is coming soon and new fabric is c for a new dress and shrug.  I am so excited.  I am also so excited to start blogging and particularly to start with this series about the Lotus flower and I hope you enjoy receiving them.  I will be sending a little newsletter to your in box that will let you know to come over to the blog. 

As many of you know, I am passionate about the Lotus flowers. The series that I worked on when I lived in Echo Park, Los Angeles, changed my life and ultimately is what lead me to start my company.  I photographed the flowers that grow in the Lake from the year 2000 until I moved to New York in 2003.  Being in the presence of the flowers brought peace and joy back into my heart and I will forever be grateful to them for being my friends and teachers.  For the next few months I will be sharing the images I took during that time along with stories and insights I have about the flowers.  I hope that you enjoy them.

The Lotus flower in Echo Park Lake start to emerge in early March and that is when I would start to visit the lake with my camera.  I wanted to be there when the flowers first leaves appeared above the water.  I took these images to show what the lake looks like during the winter months.  The palm trees reflection on the moving water looked like abstract paintings to me.    

                                                                                  "Mermaid"

                                                                                  "Mermaid"


This is one of my favorite photos.  I like it because it shows the infamous mud that all spiritual teachings refer when talking about the Lotus flowers message.  What you see here in this picture are the flowers first leaves.  They are not the huge leaves that you often see next to the flower blooms.  These leaves stay on the water for the flowers entire life.  More on this subject in the next post.

 This past fall, the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh came to New York on his world Tour.  He created beautiful meditative calligraphies at ABC Carpet that were then exhibited in the store.  I bought this card and keep it on my desk.

 

 Please feel free to share any insights or comments you have  here in the comments section I would love to here them.  Until next time have a beautiful day and remember “no mud, no lotus”

xo

jq