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Stand Very Still

I blame my parents really. They took me to the beach often as a very small child and now I can’t seem to get the ocean out of my system!

Consequently over the years the sea has woven its magic into my psyche [which is quite obvious to anyone who watches these little films… or reads my stuff… or knows anything about me at all]

A couple of weeks ago I had the idea to combine my two loves of yoga and painting into a little film. I guess it was the music that found me first. I was driving the coast road north to Port Douglas when this lilting sound wafted onto the airwaves. Mesmerized by the unusual juxtaposition of meditative words and music I knew I had to do something with it.

That’s when the idea came to me. Yoga. Painting. And this wonderful piece of music would be the conduit that would glue it all together.

Fortunately for me I was able to secure the permission I needed from the music’s creator the very talented Los Angeles based musician and music producer John Adorney… to whom I am ever so grateful. Thank you John.

For the shoot I set up the tripod at the top of the beach and let the camera roll. Initially I was so mesmerized by the dazzle of the rapidly rising sun and capturing it just right that I completely forgot to jump into the picture before it had risen well above the horizon line.

But as luck would have it [during the edit] the higher-placed sun actually suited my purposes rather well. Radiating out like a beacon in the footage that I eventually managed to capture… those four points of sunlight framed the picture perfectly. I couldn’t have hoped for more.

I find this happens a lot in the stuff I do. I love it when the creative Gods are smiling!

The most interesting thing I learned from making this video is how damned hard it can be to execute a simple yoga balance [usually as easy as falling off a log] when the waves are coming at you and the sand is being sucked out from under your feet [grin]

Despite my years of yoga practice I still consider myself a novice… but I enjoy the practice very much… and like so many things I love to do… I may not necessarily do them well… but hopefully you will see the love that shines through in this little film as I try to give you my best...

  • Jean Burman

Comments on this post ( 21 )

  • Mar 16, 2014

    What an interesting idea, and I can see why you were mesmerized into forgetting to jump into the video right away.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Peace
    Siggi

    — siggiofmaine

  • Mar 16, 2014

    You’re welcome Siggi :) and thank you in return for being the very first commenter on my brand new website It’s lovely to hear from you!

    — Jean

  • Mar 16, 2014

    Oops… looks like the comments are assembled backwards. That’s new! Give me 5 and I’ll see if I can reverse them [or look for a higher order solution haha]

    Thanks for your patience everyone as I softly launch [and learn to steer] this lovely new website!

    Jean x

    — Jean

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Love the video Jean
    Beautiful

    — John Fuller

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Lovely video, Jean. I like your painting, too. Also the new website/blog.

    — Vernita TX

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Thanks John :) so glad you enjoyed it

    — Jean Burman

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Hey Nita :) thanks so much so glad you’re here!

    — Jean Burman

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Hello Jean.
    Love your new site … elegant plus.
    This video of course is so lovely as is the music.

    Thank you for sharing your world with us.
    Namaste
    Ingrid

    — Ingrid

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Hi Ingrid :) thank you so much for your lovely encouragement… always very much appreciated x

    — Jean

  • Mar 17, 2014

    you are so cool sweetheart xxx

    — Amanda Spencer

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Dear Jean,

    I’ve enjoyed this video so much, thanks for sharing it. I love your painting as well, it all brings peace to the heart! :-)

    Congratulations for this super elegant website and blog.

    Angie xxx

    — Angela Barbi

  • Mar 17, 2014

    hahaha thanks Amanda xxx

    — Jean

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Hi Angie :) thanks so much for your lovely comment I’m glad you liked it xxx

    — Jean

  • Mar 18, 2014

    AMEN to all that and yes I am still here but just so you keep going girl………..you do it for US

    — Elinor Mccartney

  • Mar 19, 2014

    Thanks so much Elinor :) so lovely to see you here I missed you x

    — Jean

  • Mar 20, 2014

    Hi Jean, when I visited your site some days ago it had a blue background and I thought this were your new website. I loved this bold colours, but now I see a white background with an elegant touch. I love this, too! So whatever your new blog or website is, I love both looks. And also this video together with the painting.

    — Doris

  • Mar 20, 2014

    Happy to have found your new website/blog. This is so hauntingly beautiful! Must watch it again.

    — Anita,Mi.

  • Mar 20, 2014

    Hi Doris… I thought something like that must have happened when you mentioned in your comment about the colours. I had a glitch with the server in the first 24 hours and it reverted back to the old version in an update. Luckily I picked it up just before midnight [here] and was able to get it fixed as soon as possible. Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look and for your lovely comment. I hope you’ll sign up for the newsletter so we can stay in touch. That would be great! x

    — Jean

  • Mar 20, 2014

    Hi Anita :) I’m very glad you found me! It was a fun little film to make [not without its challenges] but I loved the music like I said and felt compelled to do something. I think it’s peaceful. And peaceful is good I think in this ever increasing noisy world. The words are so uplifting and remind us of our purpose here. I’m so glad you liked it x

    — Jean

  • May 23, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful and inviting Jean. The music is so moving and touching. I am in spirit there with you girl.
    As always your talent amazes me endlessly. Hugs Ingrid

    — Ingrid

  • May 26, 2014

    Thanks so much Ingrid :) The music is very special isn’t it? It picked me… not the other way around. I felt compelled by it ;) and of course as you know I am always running around on a beach somewhere haha x

    — Jean

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