1083. Cyclers in Spring

“1083. Cyclers in Spring” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

This location is Ramal Rd, Carnaros vineyard region, south of the town of Sonoma.

According to “Shelter in Place” not many cars on roads, quiet, very enjoyable ride.

Till May 1, birds sounded like celebrating less cars and cleaner air, with joyful chirping.

I heard we are in the second emotional stage of “Shelter in Place”.

The first one was when we got order of “ Shelter in Place”

We were in shock from an unusual situation with uncertain future.

People stuck inside house, a big stress to human-beings.

Violence inside homes have happened worldwide.

Right before third stage people feel better and think it’s over, but deep depression follows.

We want to avoid this, right?

Our brains have good functions, such as activating dopamine to prevent depression.

Eat food that contains tyrosine such as fish, almonds, soy beans, cheese.

Make a small goal each day. When finishing the goal, our accomplishments feel good.

Walking is a good one.

Laughing is a very good one.

Now parks are reopened, tennis court as well.

We cycled to tennis courts.

We didn’t play tennis very long, as it’s hard to get the sense of distance from racket and a ball. Can you believe it?

So we laugh a lot.

After sweating from cycling and playing tennis, we feel so good.

This I learned from Mizuto Aoto speech this morning. He entered the Department of Neuroscience at UCLA and graduated in 2012. He is a leader in the field of “NeuroEdTech”, which combines brain x education x IT.

According his speech, they found our brain has other functions from which feel pleasure by getting information from unknown world. Otherwise our civilization couldn’t have developed so far.

In neuroscience there is a principle “ Use it or Lose it”.

If you don’t use the part of brain, lose it, like muscles.

Aoto said “We can see muscles grow if you do exercise. But we can’t see inside of brain. So just believe it grows as we continue to use it.”

“Find happiness in Uncertainty.”

Have a fun.

The future is ours.

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367. The Sky is the Limit

I hear you:

“Shelter in Place” is too long.”

“I love to meet people to chat.”

“Again heavy clouds over my head.”

“Oh no, it’s raining again.”

“ My energy is so low.”

“How do I get motivation?”

Don’t worry, above clouds, it’s blue sky there.

The last year October, we went to Japan for three weeks.

I expected rain to start in October. But it was hot and no rain.

When we came back, most of my plants were dry and looked dead.

In this spring they came back bigger and stronger.

I’m so happy with them.

Today they are in the rain, looking so happy with wet fresh healthy leaves.

I’m going to start seeds inside the house.

Let’s remind ourselves “the sky is the limit”.

“367. The Sky is The Limit ” Oil painting by Mariko Irie”




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1074. Glance of Tomorrow

When I encounter a colorful gorgeous sunset like this, I feel so happy and have a dream of a wonderful future.

“1074. Glance of Tomorrow” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

Do you feel warm lights surrounding you?

Do you get sense of relief?

It’s a peaceful time, isn’t it?

Our future will be loving each other, respecting each other, taking care of each other.

We don’t need to rush.

Be ourselves.

Do what you have passion for.

That leads to our happy world.

José Mujica is Uruguayan politician who served as the 40th President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. A former guerrilla with the Tupamaros, he was imprisoned for 12 years during the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s.

I didn’t know him till yesterday.

Yesterday I opened Youtube, the title “ the poorest president in a world” in Japanese which attracted me. So I watched the youtube, more and more videos about him.

While serving as 40th president of Uruguay, he donated around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.

In his interview:

“I’m not poor. Poor doesn’t mean having few things, rather, it means having infinite desire, never satisfied, even with having more than enough.”

“We are born naked, and we die naked.”

“Try to enjoy your life.”

“The miracle of life is maximum happiness.”

”Unfortunately life has a limit. But Love doesn’t.”

I believe that Love, smiles, happiness are contagious.

Let’s do it.

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1073. Whirlpool by Cliff

ocean, colorful, movement of waves, lights, rocks, meditation
“1073. Whirlpool by Cliff” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

Since I was a child, I love to watch whirlpool in ocean.

Just staring at whirlpool for long time. Actuary I don’t pay attention to the passing of time.

Just follow colors, lights, stream of waves movement. 

It’s a wonderful world.

I just realize that it is a meditation.

Empty brain, thinking nothing, focusing on now, this moment.

Here is 12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#section1

1. Reduces Stress: 

2. Controls Anxiety: 

3. Promotes Emotional Health:

4. Enhances Self-Awareness: 

5. Lengthens Attention Span: 

6. May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss:

7. Can Generate Kindness: 

8. May Help Fight Addictions

9. Improves Sleep:

10. Helps Control Pain

11. Can Decrease Blood Pressure

12. You Can Meditate Anywhere

Can you believe, just relaxing/emptying brain, we get so much precious benefits?

How about using Shelter-in-place as the opportunity for meditation?

Then we will see what a great gift we have now. 

It is Free time. 

We know the world is changing.

Let’s introspect and reassess our life.

First, stabilize our mind with a healthy life, and then build our future expectations.

Then nature and our subconscious will guide us in the right direction.

What do you think?

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1070. Vibration of Sunny Spring

East Peak Stage Gulch Pass, Sonoma CA, sunny, barn, cows, relaxing, colorful, road, rural scene
“1070. Vibration of Sunny Spring ” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

This location is East Peak Stage Gulch Pass, Sonoma CA.

Do you remember that the last winter was very odd? 

It was still winter but suddenly sunny and the temperature went up 70’s Fahrenheit in Sonoma County.

Colors were bright and sparkling.

Colors and lights were vibrating each other.

Do you feel it?

This morning I read e-mail from City of Santa Rosa.

Over the past few days, the City of Santa Rosa has received numerous questions regarding the closure of our parks and open spaces. The County of Sonoma has added Parks and Outdoor Activities Protocol FAQs on their website. Access those at bit.ly/3duazX5 

What!? We have to be doomed to put on fat because we can’t do outdoor exercising?

I believe that State parks trails, beaches are still open in Mendocino. 

I’d like to share this idea with you:

Affirmation is a way to make it a reality by speaking positive words.

The power of words is greater than we can imagine, and it is an important tool for drawing the reality we want.

For example, if we want to make a project that we are working on succeed, we can say, “The project I am working on is leading to success.” We will be drawn.

Furthermore, by simply adding “Thank you” at the end, this will make us positive.

Affirmation is prayer, and prayer is affirmation.

By accepting what you want to embody as a reality and expressing thanks, it wakes our subconscious to bring us ideas that can embody it.

All you have to do is put that idea into action.

Does it make sense to you?

Hope it does to you and we can have our happy world.

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