Sound Meets Light: Seda Bağcan Photoshoot and Interview

Aloha Love,

Seda Bağcan in Sedona, Arizona USA                                    Photographer: © Cansu Bulgu

Seda Bağcan in Sedona, Arizona USA           Photographer: © Cansu Bulgu

 

I had the honor of photographing the amazing Seda Bağcan, my beautiful soul sister who is a truly inspired being, an internationally recognized mantra singer and a gifted composer in Sedona, Arizona while she was visiting the United States from Istanbul, Turkey. Seda’s work is soul-full beyond description and so treat yourself to a journey through her gentle powerful voice and allow yourself to “be sung”. ~*~

One of my images from our photo shoot (see above) got published in a magazine, Activist Istanbul (Jul-Aug issue), as the cover photo for the article. Here is the current link to the full interview which discusses the power of sound, music and singing on our well-being and its influence on the expansion of our awareness (pg 126-130).  The article is in Turkish so here is the link to google translator ;)

Love,

Cansu

http://www.cansuart.com

On Perspiration…The Divine Sparkle ~

Aloha Love,

Did you know that Perspiration is a form of Divine Sparkle?

It is a necessary ingredient to bringing anything into manifestation…

Here are some musings and #nofilter art shot via my phone on the topic. Enjoy!

Aloha ~

Cansu

Divine Perspiration *Sparkle Sparkle*

Divine Perspiration *Sparkle Sparkle*

 

Divine Perspiration *Sparkle Sparkle*

Divine Perspiration *Sparkle Sparkle*

In This Moment…Somewhere In The World: Love Lived ∞

In this moment…somewhere in the world…Love Lived ∞

In This Moment…Somewhere In The World…Love Lived ∞

 

In this moment…Somewhere in the World…

Someone saw their first born child for the first time.

An artist mixed just the right amount of yellow with blue for the perfect shade of green.

A grandmother hugged her grandchildren who had just arrived after school.

A flower in the Himalayas bloomed for the very first time. Another flower died.

A business owner felt despair and did not know what to do next so called a friend.

A friend picked up a call.

An angry man smashed the window in his living room. Now he is tending to his bleeding hand and crying his pain over shards of broken glass on the floor.

A doorbell rang somewhere.

A star just became supernova.

A speckle of dust gently landed on the wet nose of a tiny newborn puppy.

A newborn puppy met dust for the first time.

A man ran his first marathon.

A country elected their first president for the first time.

A new world began somewhere. An old world died.

An old world died. A new world began…

A spider showed up in the trunk of a car.

A terminally ill patient just found out that he was cured.

A child died.

A blessing was shared at a dinner table.

A homeless person died of cold and hunger.

A young attorney just won their first case and is now celebrating with her friends.

A father cried for the first time in his life…and felt that he could breathe again…

A runway model just broke a heel during a fashion show. Another runway model just received high praises.

Love observed.

Love endured.

Love nurtured.

Love healed.

Love…lived…in this moment ∞

A wall came down…a new one built…

Eyes met eyes in Love…for the first time…somewhere in the world….

 

Aloha ~*~

 

Not Just Work…It Is LOVE!

Aloha Love,

“I love my job!! This is a business communication and not a selfie! Yes!! #nofilter #JustJoy. One of my mentorship and photography clients owns a unique boutique with a mission and vision to INSPIRE women through getting in touch with their femininity, feeling great and looking great!” I was modeling some of her styles for a brilliant make up artist for our discussion…”

I shared this statement along with the photo below via Facebook and it touched so many Hearts. “The gift of unconditional Love is unconditional Love.” I am inspired to share it with you along with a drawing from my journal and a snapshot of a text message communication with my client.

…because…

It is not just work…It is “LOVE”… It is LIFE ~

#grateful

Aloha,

Cansu

Business Communication #JustJoy

Business Communication #JustJoy

The Gift of Unconditional Love is Unconditional Love…The Journey Together is the Gift of Life!

The Gift of Unconditional Love is Unconditional Love…The Journey Together is the Gift of Life!

Drawings from my journal...

Drawings from my journal…

Eat The Strawberry!

Aloha Love,

I came across this short story from Pema Chödrön’s book titled “Comfortable with Uncertainty” which houses 108 teachings on cultivating fearlessness and compassion. Here is the story and its gift visually enacted for you by me.

Eat the strawberry!

Aloha,

Cansu

About Tigers and Strawberries Curtesy of Pema Chödrön from her book titled "Comfortable with Uncertainty"

About Tigers and Strawberries
Curtesy of Pema Chödrön from her book titled “Comfortable with Uncertainty”

YES!

YES!

Fengshui Your Perspective With A Perfect Mirror

Aloha Love,

Have you ever thought about fengshui‘ing your perspective through awareness? Here is an inspired poem and some #nofilter snaps to tell the story of how. The poem was inspired by a tiny mirror I had noticed on a wall at a cafe while I was reflecting and writing. It was amazing to see how the  tiniest mirror was enough to open up the space. I imagined what it would be like not to have the mirror on that wall and it felt incredibly tight. I created these visuals to accompany the poem so you may journey with me through this experience.

There is always a perfect mirror facing us wherever we are. Here is to Seeing and Being Seen! Enjoy!

Love,

Cansu

The Perfect Mirror
A tight place
A blocked wall
A dark space

All it takes
Is a simple
Clean mirror
Gently placed
In the right space.

a poem by Cansu Bulgu

Facing a Blocked Wall

Facing a Blocked Wall

Awareness in Action

Awareness in Action

Perfect Mirror Placed Gently In the Right  Space

Perfect Mirror Placed Gently In the Right Space

Aaaah…I See You! :)

Aaaah…I See You! :)

Treasures Of Life Find Us…When We Are Not Looking For Them ~

Aloha Love,

Have you noticed that the most beautiful treasures find us when we are not looking for them?

Here are some of my morning treasures that I am inspired to share…

Someone hands me a sea-shell as I walk past them and shares a blessing from the Heart. Love touches my Heart. I now notice the smiling face of a lady on the side of the shell as I am attempting to photograph it for this post.

Smiling Lady of the Sea

Smiling Lady of the Sea

Singing with the Ocean is an involuntary experience for me. The Song of the Moment comes out and joins the Song of the Ocean during my walks or as I sit by the Ocean…Then these shells that are larger than the palm of my hand show up while I am not looking for them on the beach and simply enjoying the rapture of being sung.

Gifts from the Ocean

Gifts from the Ocean

 

 

Gifts from the Ocean

Gifts from the Ocean

My neighbors, a young couple, rush over to the corner of the street and present a homeless lady with a snack pack  that has been clearly prepared just for her with Love. One says to the other “God bless you”…The other responds “Thank you. God bless you, too.” Their eyes and then their whole bodies light up in the process of giving and receiving… Seeing and Being Seen…

The wind carries over a whisper from an ongoing conversation of a couple of cyclists whizzing by my street. One says to the other “What I enjoy most is watching my kids…and seeing others enjoy them, too!” The sweetness of a father’s joy fills the air and lends a soft kiss on my cheek as I open the door and enter home.

May the day bring you the most beautiful treasures today and everyday!

Aloha ~

Cansu

 

About Creation and Destruction…

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” Pablo Picasso

Aloha Love,

This post is inspired by a response to an earlier Heart to Heart sharing:

“Hope, Faith, Trust” ~ This Moment

Sometimes, the conscious mind grieves when it is losing the familiar. The conscious mind fears the unknown. The conscious mind resents the change. The conscious mind resists it. The conscious mind has its own preferences as to how change should come about. The conscious mind externalizes the pain by blaming others. The conscious mind tries to ignore it. The conscious mind tries to stop it. The conscious mind tries to forget it. Change wrecks a havoc in the ways of the conscious mind as it begins to realize its helplessness before the forces of nature taking their course.

My Tai Chi teacher and dear friend used to say “Resistance is futile!” and laugh…His laugh rested in the eternal peace of surrender accompanied by a twinkle in his eyes.

Evolution is a choiceless doing…

Change is the imprint of Life living. Even in death, the body continues to go through change as it gently dissolves into the No-thing-ness from where it came into Being.

Just notice…

As these words are landing on the white page on my laptop, I am sitting down at a cafe in Melrose, Los Angeles which is facing this sign.

Message received! Thank you!

Love,

Cansu

About Creation and Destruction

“I Am Here” & About Miracles and Sparkles

Aloha Love,

Everyday, I start the day by saying

“Good Morning!”

“I am here!”

“I am grateful!”

“I wonder what miracles will happen today!”

…I repeat each sentence until words drop into sound and I feel just the resonance. It is almost like the sound comes out of a vacuum…this vast space…and begins to extend infinitely in all directions.

This practice helps me notice the miracles which come in all forms and ways throughout the day.

4th of July miracle was a kind invitation to a lovely gathering at a friend’s house by the ocean where I had front row seats to heart to heart sharing with people who are living their passion from gourmet cooking to world class entertainment, from flying to supporting family and friends…loving, sharing, caring and experiencing life! The wealth and depth of each person was humbling to witness…What an honor to share with such an inspired bunch!

Some quotes from the evening:

Creativity is vulnerability. When you put yourself out there, you are open to receiving it all…the good and the bad. Just notice…”

“Emptiness. It all comes from emptiness.”

“It is scary, but you do it any way. It is not so much about courage…It is about trust. Face the fear and do it any way!

“Everyday is different. That is what I love about it. It is always different.”

and my favorite quote of the evening:

“When you love what you do, it is no longer work. Well, it might be work, but you dig it!”

…oh and we also had front row seats to the fireworks! Enjoy the view and Sparkles!

Love,

Cansu

Do What You Love!

Do What You Love!

Sunset

Sunset

 

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