The most important thing we can do…

Charlie…is realize that everything we do matters.

Jane Goodall

‘Everything’ can be interpreted, in the yoga sense, as the daily choices we make, both for our own internal environment, and the one surrounding us in which we walk and breathe.  Each of these choices becomes a brush stroke in the tapestry of our individual creations, as well as the global picture we all create with our daily awareness (or not) of our collective environment.

Charlie, a magnificent creature of dignity and grace, lived at the Oregon Zoo, a poster child for animals rescued from the jungle stew pot.  Calley’s portrayal of him for The Rama Exhibition captures his beautiful being, and illustrates Jane Goodall’s famous observation that “everything we do matters.”

‘Everything’ represents not only our actions, but also our thoughts and words, as they powerfully influence our inner and outer surroundings as well.  The very awareness it takes to be mindful of our thoughts and patterns of speech carries into the awareness that allows the world we inhabit to be more pristine, more protected, more appreciated, more enjoyed by ourselves and those with whom we come in contact.

The body hears everything we think and say, and behaves accordingly.  If one regularly says, for instance, that they “can’t stand!” something, they might find themselves hobbling along, unable to stand as their knees or their ankles comply with their habitual utterance.

Yoga, in my mind, entails all that we think and say and ultimately do…on the inside and out.

Julia Fairchild – Calley’s Webmaster and Guest Blogger

About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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