Discipline is a wonderful virtue. If used properly it can become the main focus of your self-care. Those things which are good for you, which can balance you out. Those things which can ground you and bring serenity into your life. In the past you may have, like I, ignored discipline. Swept it under the carpet. Maybe that’s because, you like I, thought that we were the leader in this journey through life?? That we had all the power and answers, remedies and solutions? Those days are gone and have been replaced by a loving source who knows what’s best. Development of healthy discipline is a consertive effort between your higher source and you. One’s higher source has direction and guidance and we must also realize that we have a voice as to say what makes us feel good, what we desire. Those things which will bring serenity, joy and humility into our lives, beings and souls. Through this enlightened awareness, your inner synchronization of emotion, physical and spiritual has probably been recalibrated. In order to sustain and support this new configuration of well being there must be certain disciplines set in place. These are guideposts, like downhill skiers have their markers to keep them in alignment, we also must develop these guide posts to to aid us in our well-being. Discipline now he’s been transformed from being hard, obedient, correctional, like a guard dog, into something more gentile. Like the palm trees that sway in the breeze. Namaste.
What is the purpose of time? When we are involved in something we are passionate about, totally in touch with that moment, this is where and when the true purpose of time is being revealed. Allowing oneself to become totally immersed in each second and valueing the moments will expand your understanding and gratitude of time. For me, when I am drawing patiently and extremely slowly I am graced by the essence of time. It envelops me like a gentle embrace. In the past it was always a hurried choice that I selected, thinking time was something to be beaten, an opponent, something that I am at odds with, rather than a loving friend. Only now has it’s value become evident. In my soul and being there is a feeling that I’m making good use of my time. The purpose of time is an opportunity to discover and identify those things in your life which you choose to do because they have the potential to reveal the true you. When time is used appropriately one can discover their true authenticity. Using one’s time wisely becomes an act of prayer. We will have discovered a new way of praying. Namaste
I just realized that I thrive on creative challenges. Creativity itself thrives on challenges and expansion. Part of that process is discovering new ways of being creative. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the attempt. Did you know that you can create in exploratory ways, adventurous ways, unchartered ways, collaged ways, flowered ways, manipulated ways, which ever way there is?? Experimenting with new alternatives in creating fashion and communicating ideas requires passion. All you have to do is allow your mind, heart and soul to be open to it and be courageous enough to take the risk. Trust yourself that you can do it! Let it be new, exciting, puzzling, head turning, head scratching, thought-provoking, and perhaps even shocking. And always, always Beautiful. Beautiful images. I choose to depict beautiful girls, exotic girls. Beautiful women treated with the utmost respect. I call them my girls, God‘s angels, mom’s girls. For it was a mom who showed me how to draw beautiful girls when I was five or six years old. They are now “ our girls “. Passion is the power to allow oneself to be enthusiased and encouraged to make and create art. For me it is an opportunity to communicate my ideas on beauty and fashion. I’m just realizing that has been my path and my journey throughout my life! In making up for all those past years when I didn’t realize it, I now give gratitude and thanks for my hands, my eyes, my mind, my heart, my creative soul and most importantly my higher-source-power of energy, life, and love. Namaste.
There are two very instrumental words that I find beneficial in promoting well-being. Those two words are gentle and calm. Gentle and calm are two words that were never part of my vocabulary or experienced in my earlier life. Gentle was always replaced with strife, pushing and bullying. The word calm was not a familiar noun, adjective or verb. It was replaced with yelling, arguing and running scared. Scared internally as a child. Living a frightened life. Always on the lookout for the next perpetrator and yet there was this creative, sparkly belief in magic. Some creative dream or thought that had held my hand and wrapped me up in the saving grace of creativity. My fantasy world protected me or at least gave me the calm and gentle bubble which protected my spirit and probably my life. Coloring books, crayons, dolls to dress up, superheroines drawn under cover, in secret, locked in the bathroom. Always searching for a secret place of solitude in which I could enter the world of my creativity. It was more than just a world of creativity, however. It was a saving grace. It was my savior and protection. It allowed my spirit to thrive and heal. It gave me that gentleness and calm absent from the outside world. I now realize it was God’s sanctuary. And today, it remains my Heaven on earth. Namaste.
It is imperative that we are full of thankfulness, gratitude, and willingness each and every day. Give thanks for all things big and small. Reflecting on thankfulness brings humility and gratitude into our lives. It is a form of prayer and I believe that higher source and the universe has the power to perceive this and in return bestows favor upon our lives. Thankfulness leads to wholeness and completeness within our being. It becomes a collaboration with God, spiritual source, higher power, or whatever your choice to identify it as. We became a working team. We work together on seeing things more abundantly, lovingly, clearly, and calmly. Namaste.
Writing may be a simple act, but the willingness to do it, the willingness to be honest with oneself and one’s God source is required. In return words and thoughts of truth and trust appear. Namaste.
My design philosohy is to make fashion design fun and easy. After 25 years in the fashion design industry or whatever your industry is, there comes a time when we start using all of those tools which helped us pursue and live out our dreams and begin to offer them to the young and eager to learn. Achieving dreams isn't always easy. We all have probably experienced some challenges and struggles along the way. I experienced many struggles in the pursuit of fullfilling a dream in fashion design. Self-doubt, peer pressure and bullying, just to name a few. Fortunately, at this point in my career, I'm able to turn those struggles into creative, fun, easy to use, and result oriented tools and methods to learn from. A creative mind is a wonderful starting point, however without the proper nurturing and professional guidance, that creative mind will soon go to waste. So come out! Sashay your way onto The Courageous Catwalk, where fashion design and development is as easy as learning the ABC's. https://www.zazzle.com/s/thecourageouscatwalk
Today is the day that we are gifted with. How shall we use this gift of the day? Do we ignore this day as our sources’ gift to us and focus on our ego? On our “ what’s not going right?? “, our vanity? On our glass which is half empty? The choice is ours. Can we look at this day as a gift, the same feelings that we have when we are surprised when we receive a gift from a friend or a loved one? That feeling of elation and joy rather than looking at this gift unenthusiastically. Treating this gift as a present with a gift receipt which can’t wait to be exchanged. So the question is how do we muster up the gratitude and dig into the humility of treating this every day experience as something new? Something great? Treating this gift as a present? Perhaps there me be something unpleasant we are anticipating throughout the course of our day. An unexpected problem or experience. Is this stealing the thunder from our gifted day? This is a great opportunity to exercise our use of trust. This is the opportunity to open the heavens and let the radiant light of a higher power bath us, saturate us, embrace us, surround us, glorify us in the saving grace of this gift, this day. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled with the surprise and glory of this day. The unknown surprise of this gift! Thank you universe for gifting me with another day where I can celebrate life. Namaste.
Man’s desire to decorate, color, draw, weave, sculpt, is man’s inherent nature to design. The instinctual artist is within us. Looking back through history we can see man’s connection with art, color, and design was his saving grace. There was something fascinating and liberating about the pursuit of creative endeavors and enterprise. It enlivened and enriched man’s senses. It also brought a sense of serenity, joy and happiness usually to places that were devoid of such pleasures and virtues. It provided a place of freedom and creative discovery. Escapism. What is unique about it is that it’s pure, authentic, and honest. In a way it’s a form of LOVE for there is no aggression, hate, or prejudice when man pursues his creativie discoveries. During the creative pursuits there is an inherent connection to something greater than ourselves. It is an organic rhythmic flow of positive energy and directional spirit. Art in all it’s varied manifestations is the saving grace of mankind. We need our modern day Artisians to continue producing their art and bringing us joy. Namaste.
Have you ever experienced those growing pains and fear in becoming the person who your higher source wants you to be? Transforming into a new expression of life may feel uncomfortable. Like the Hulk transforming out of his ordinary clothes into his superhero being. Maybe that’s the true essence of the Hulk. Maybe each one of us has the ability to transform into something other than where and what we are? Maybe there’s a higher purpose for our being? Maybe there is hidden expansion and growth within us? How do we allow this transformation to happen and transcend our present being into one of higher consciousness? Well guided alignments and intentions pave the path to where the universe and our higher source wants us to be.....OK, that may be the fact, but pain is still present during this change. Along with the pain may come doubts and fears of changing and growing, getting bigger. How do we approach this? I’m imagining the pain the Hulk must go through during his transformation. Probably physical pain, emotional pain from turning into something new and unexpected and psychological pain transforming from one state of being into one completely new. So it seems that pain and uncomfortablility are natural states during transformation. This means that if we are capable of changing our relationship and understanding of pain, especially at this juncture, then perhaps the transformation could possibly become smoother?? Pain and uncomfortability all of a sudden are welcomed and more importantly......understood. Understood for their true purpose, not for past identifications. OK. Let’s say God, bring it on and embrace the change! Namaste.
It’s a very simple or relatively simple dance to do. Not many complicated steps, although a good deal of willingness is required, not dance talent. Here’s how it goes: 2 steps 🐾forward ⬆️ Acceptance....1 kick🤾🏽♂️ Gratitude.....1 slide🐾🐾to the left⬅️ Joy....1 slide🐾🐾 to the right➡️ Happiness.....2 steps🐾back⬇️ Acceptance. It’s a repeat performance. Don’t tell me you can’t dance!! - it’s a simple step that will brighten your day and soul. It will fill you with glee and make you laugh. It’s a simple dance that anybody can do, young or old, boys or girls. No prior experience necessary only willingness to try. Talk about dancing through life. I’ve said it before that my vision is to dance through life. Good times or not such good times, sun or clouds, rain or shine. And now I found the rhythm of life, joyful life and it’s not just 2 steppin’. It’s an entire commitment of body, mind and soul. Cha Cha Cha 🕺🏼💃🏻👯♀️. Namaste.
Our commitment to our physical well-being impacts the well-being of us emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. In particular the one physical act that I suggest doing often and throughout my day is to take very deep breaths. These breathes will allow you to make room for your higher source. The deep exhalation removes anything that doesn’t belong there and that is blocking the flow and rhythm of your journey. Deep breaths release toxins. Toxic thoughts, toxic will power, toxic ideas, and toxic feelings. You will be able to think clearer. More calmly, with more sanity and serenity, trusting every inch of the way. Having a physical and emotional commitment which is grounded in love, will in turn, help you to learn how to love yourself. The other benefit is deepening your relationship with your universal source. It will help you to see things in the true perspective, that you are wonderful as is. I am wonderful as is! There are no addendums that need to be added. No light shows, no sonic booms, no shooting stars. In fact, being stripped of all that clutter allows you to be authentically you - unfiltered and un-adulterated. Pure and simple. Your way of looking at things will begin to be pure and simple. No add-ons needed. You’ll simply like yourself for who you are. The less outside razzle dazzle that I hide under the more Zazzle of The COURAGEOUS Catwalk’s product there becomes! For you, it’s those intentions you have which are in alignment with your higher source’s direction. Messages of hope and encouragement, of owning oneself and not being owned by anyone else’s thinking. We’re talkin’ bout freedom. Namaste.
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Anything which brings spiritual, mental, emotional, creative or physical change, and awareness requires movement.....action. For me, I prefer to call them alignments rather than actions. Alignment is a much easier word, for there is a spiritual component within it rather than the word action, which can very often dwell in the ego, the I gotta to do it! This is where pressure and tension begins to manifest. When I identify those wonderful alignments as actions I get exhausted. The pressure sets in my mind, feet and my soul. It becomes something heavy, and unwillingness sets in like concrete drying around my spiritual aura. No wonder it’s challenging, seemingly impossible. Drying concrete does not promote ease, flow, or rhythm. It only produces heaviness, immobility. My source is free-flowing. My path is free-flowing. Concrete does not play a part in this journey, if only to give me a glimpse of the negative side of my being. It has served its purpose. Drying concrete or cement is a wake up call. The importance of writing, reflecting, dialoguing with my higher source helps me identify with clarity the peace and serenity in those things that I can change. Even if it’s with imperfect alignment. Namaste.
My well-being, my road to physical health, spiritual satisfaction, and emotional stability is beginning to congeal. Yes, I am getting grounded but my feet are above the earth. How can I be getting grounded, firmly planted, feeling steady, while I’m floating? My spirit is above the chaos, fear and confusion. I’m more grounded in me, my purpose, my convictions, my truth, my love of myself, my love of life - my life. Perhaps this is the place where grounding takes place??? Grounding and transformation takes place when you’re above the clouds. When we’re floating, gliding, and buoyant. Moving slowly is where grounding in a higher power or spiritual source takes place. Moving freely, not settled in one place or variable. My spirit is in alignment with my source’s will for me carrying me along. My spinal column is breathing and free moving. I’m beginning to be life. I’m beginning to be a part of my life. I am beginning to live my life. I own my life. Love. I’m floating...........Namaste.
This morning I am aware of this emotional, physical, and spiritual pain and I honestly think the pain is coming from a negative voice that’s condemning me. A voice that’s saying you’re stupid, you can’t do it, it’s silly. A reprimanding voice that’s even saying “ Jamie don’t like Jamie “! Wow, this is a huge battle. The negative voice doesn’t want me to experience joy. The negative voice doesn’t want me to be happy. The negative voice wants to keep me on the edge, not trusting that God is here and is in charge. The negative voice is talking louder and talking over the voice of God and serenity - Shut Up! You’re a stupid childish silly voice nobody likes and nobody cares about.....breathe. I only have one source to follow, believe in and listen to. God is the source. When I do things, creative things that bring joy into my world and joy into the lives of others then I’m doing God‘s will. The infernal enemy will always be around but that doesn’t mean I give my attention to it. My spiritual source can help me with the awareness of the enemy’s presence and my higher spiritual consciousness can give me courage and strength to say no -Shut Up! And I know, in my heart, the truth of God. You Can Do It! Namaste.
Spring time 2018 produced prolific artistic, creative, spiritual, and emotional pinnacles of satisfaction. I just asked myself the question how could I have appreciated spring 2018 better and the only answer I could find was not to complain so much regarding the cold weather we had at the beginning of the season. Other than that this spring was beyond my wildest dreams. New moments and opportunities for growth presented themselves in totally unexpected ways. From finding the time to write and communicate daily with my spiritual source, to being granted the time to draw and be creative each and every day. From having a successful cervical surgery which opened the flow of my spinal column for my breath and my life, to finally having The COURAGEOUS Catwalk’s inspirational products brought to the market. Here’s the hitch—> It was all hidden way down deep inside. All these things that god orchestrated this past spring were seeds fermenting. Some of the seeds I planted by my intentions. Some seeds planted by gods desires. Some seeds planted by us together. Call them what you may. Seeds or ideas, or intuitions, passions, drives or what I really like to call them...Forces of Spiritual Intention. Some seeds were planted years ago, while others were newly planted. By alignment with my gods will. With the abandonment of my will. By letting go completely and falling into the trust of my higher power, is the place where....the germination of my heart’s aligned desires with my spiritual source Manifest. Namaste.
The answer became clear. Yes, I had to do the work. I had to manage the details, I had to put out the energy, I had to continually move forward. I had to take God‘s direction and act upon it. And through it all, unbeknownst to me God, was leading me somewhere. I wasn’t sure when, where or how but through my pursuit of this journey, God was overseeing everything. Hiding in the background. Indirectly watching. The presence of God is omnipresent. My awareness of it not always in-tuned. Regardless, I am required to ask what, why, and why not and the answer will slowly be revealed. The magic of God requires me to do my part. It doesn’t give me a free pass to do nothing. The magic of God requires diligence, perseverance, patience and tolerance. It requires seeking and probing. It requires me to be honest with myself. For without the self-value component, then moving forward is challenged. Honest, truthful pursuit demands self love. Throughout this journey there is an underlying current of faith, trust, and love. Through THESE conductors the right answers are produced and God‘s given direction revealed. Namaste.
Gracefully allow God‘s direction. Gracefully allowing, like the cool spring breeze of this morning. Gracefully allowing, like being wrapped up in the cozy blanket. Gracefully allowing.....stretching like a ballerina, easy, sway, rhythm, whole stretch. Gracefully allowing, like my pen gliding down this smooth white paper. Gracefully allowing, like saying thank you God for peace, light, hope, breath, freedom, love, creativity, thought, feeling, beauty, and openess. My being open to receive. My being open to give. I am at ease, I am in acceptance.
Love of just being. Love of the way things are, gracefully jumbled up like a ball of yarn knotted together with golden threads, intertwined with gold and pink diamonds. Gracefully jumbled up ball of creative thought, being and love. Namaste.
God’s gift, practice it. Allowing God or spirit or guiding light and trusting that source, allows us to practice expanding our gifts more easily. It gives us more channels to discover and open and that allows us to think more peacefully. Decisions and thoughts come easier. You can call it a holy journey....holy referring to that which is spiritual. Spiritual meaning grateful. Spiritual meaning thankful. Spiritual meaning powerful, honest, truthful, guided, purposeful, and rewarding. Revealing mysterious unknown surprises and growth along the way. My relationship with my internal source requires time and patience and through it, I learn the meaning of time and patience and the power of now. Namaste.
With the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris on October 1, 2017 Pierre Berge had once again reached another pinnacle of achievement...fashion and haute couture have now been firmly cemented into an artform. The ongoing debate of whether fashion is art has been ended. Carefully balancing form, function, and practicality into his creations, Yves Saint Laurent imbued them with an unprecedented artistic immersion, tipping the scale from fashion designer into fashion artist. By dedicating their headquarters and atelier, where for thirty years Yves focused tirelessly on the development of his artistic expression, a private viewing has been given to us to see how this master worked.
Here in his environs of opulence, decor, crystal chandeliers and gilded gold frames, notebooks filled with his sketches, and trays laden with his bijoux, les accessoires, les tissue and trimmings is where his lifetime of dreams and struggles had been conceived and consumed.
All of the tools which had which contributed heavily to his Haute Couture vision and which had been perfectly crafted with his creative touch are on display. Awaiting us, is an invitation into the studio where Yves conceived and designed some of the most memorable and awe inspiring collections not only of the 20th century but of all time.
An expert draftsman, it's hard to realize his love / hate relationship with his metier and sketching, but on display are his visions of The Gypsies, The Russians and The Chinese, the Van Gogh inspired sunflowers, the Matisse inspired cut-outs, the Picasso infused eveningwear.
Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers Haute Couture 1988
Van Gogh's Sunflowers Haute Couture SS 1988
There are many reasons why the YSL Musée differentiates from other " fashion " museums. The most obvious is that this Musée is the first to consecrate an Haute Couture atelier into a museum in a major international city. We are permitted to focus solely on the originator of the Haute Couture label and visionary of the YSL brand, Yves Saint Laurent. The second is that it is steeped in the culture and bosom of Haute Couture. Here we get to experience, explore and study Yves's creative underpinnings of Haute Couture, revolutionary Pret-a- Porter and his relationship with fashion.
Paying homage to a designer's passion and allowing us to experience their artistic metier in their creative playground is a privilege. Perhaps this is the beginning of popping the cork off of the bottle and allowing other couturiers and designers to be represented in this same jubilant fashion. Yes, Vive le Champagne!
Special thanks to Simon Freshard and Foundation Pierre Berge / all media: Jamie P.