DurgaMata of London
I paint silk as a form of meditation, preferring the abstract style to figurative work, but I also work to commission. My high-consciousness zafu-style meditation cushions, created using heavy-weight raw silk using your own colours and design are particularly popular. The one shown below has the Gayatri Mantra written in Sanskrit all around the sides - using the batik process.
The 'Spirituality/Entrepreneurship YouTube phenomenon' Sri Akarshana is just one of my clients.
You can see two of my meditation-cushions (rainbow and blue lotus) in the background of this video.
I mostly create silk scarves and shawls which are sold from my Etsy shop. Here are just a few examples
It is widely known that many forms of creativity can reduce stress and aid wellbeing. Mindfulness-Meditation silk-painting is a particularly effective medium to use for this.
If you place some paint on paper, the paint stays just where you put it. You are ‘in control’ because you choose the colours and they stay where you place them. Then you look at what you have created with a critical or appreciative eye. Your mind comes forward to judge your work. You either think, ‘ Oh! I’m no good at this, why am I wasting my time?’ and feel disheartened, or if you like the result you think -
‘Oh this is beautiful. I am so great,’ which can cause the ego to grow. (The ego is our sense of self - as separate from others. This tends to want the world to revolve around it and likes to feel important. It tends to be jealous and competitive towards others and always want to be the best, ready to put others down to achieve a sense of power and superiority - which is the opposite of spiritual progress.)
But when you paint on silk, in a meditative way, freely (without a medium like wax or gutta to block the threads) as soon as the liquid dye touches the fabric it spreads. You have no control. You play with the silk and it plays with you.
Touch the silk with one colour on your brush - or drip the liquid dye onto the silk from a dropper. The fibres draw the liquid in and it spreads gently, at its own speed. Touch it with another colour and this is drawn gently into the fibres where it blends into the existing colours, creating shades and patterns which you could never dream of - and they are all beautiful. There are no mistakes. There is nothing for your mind to judge or criticise because all the results are so satisfying. There is no competition, no disappointment-
In normal times I give both Silk-Painting Workshops and my Seven Steps to Happiness Two-Day Wellbeing and Empowerment Workshops which include Silk-Painting.
In addition to the process of silk-painting being meditative and calming, reducing stress in its own right, the resulting 'wearable art' will bring joy and happiness every time it is warn.
Also, the silk scarf - or painting - is a physical reminder of the Seven Steps to Happiness and all the exercises and strategies that took place during the Workshop. This is an excellent anchor for the learning.
When I create my own silk scarves, shawls or works of art, I play music spiritual music and meditate before I start. Then I treat the entire painting process as a form of meditation. I usually lay out the colours I wish to use - especially if it is a commission - but while painting I don't actually think about anything. I feel the flow of meditative energy passing through me and into the silk. I call my products 'high consciousness' because I create them when I am in a high consciousness and many friends who are sensitive to energy have commented that they really do feel that energy in the product. I say:
'Hold it close and feel the peace.'
In this video I have just finished painting the silk with wax, for a batik design. A darker shade of dye will follow. This is a stage in creating the Aum Meditation Cushion which is featured at the bottom of the page.
I give Silk-Painting Parties for children of seven years or over. There is no upper age-limit. Silk-Painting is a popular Hen-Party event and I often give workshops to groups and individuals in Care homes.
I also use Silk-Painting as part of family coaching and counselling. Contact me if you would like to know more.
At University, DurgaMata took a two-subject degree: Theology and Religious Studies twinned with Mural Art. As an artist she has always been fascinated with colour, light and energy and she specialised in stained glass.
DurgaMata loves teaching both of her specialist subjects but whenever her exam-students chose silk-painting, she felt drawn to this medium above all others and has been a closet silk-paint artist for years. She feels silk-painting captures the qualities of colour, light and energy which drew her to stained-glass, but in a more fluid and versatile way. With silk you can wear the finished art and the colour and beauty influences and lifts both wearer and observer in a dynamic and positive way.
While teaching DurgaMata sometimes felt a deep sadness that her spiritual life had to be squeezed into a few minutes in the morning and evening. She wished that her meditation could be more central to her day. Now semi-retired from teaching she has discovered a way to make this happen. As a spiritual artist, her silk-painting is a real form of meditation and she explains...
“I feel that the peace and positive energy of my meditation is captured in the very fibres of the silk as I paint. This makes my products spiritually powerful as well as beautiful.
I feel that my yearning for a life where spiritual practices and meditation could be more central in my day was like an unspoken prayer which was heard and is now being answered“.
Selling her silk scarves through boutiques and galleries across the country, you can also buy her uniquely beautiful and powerful hand-painted silk scarves through her online Etsy Shop: DurgaMataLondon
“DurgaMata is a tower of uplifting positivity - a breath of fresh air, fun and freedom.”
Intuitive Artist and Inspirational Speaker
DurgaMata can impact and engage your audience with her unique ability to entertain as well as inspire. A colourful sari wearing, energetic, elegant and poised cultural phenomenon, DurgaMata is creating quite an impression on the speaker-circuit.
Drawing from a life brimming with a wealth of stories and experience, DurgaMata speaks articulately and precisely about self-motivation, inspiration, overcoming life’s problems and increasing our focus and energy. She has studied meditation and well-being with a spiritual teacher for over 40 years.
Coming from a farming and Quaker background, she married a Bengali and discovered a global identity which embraces balanced thought and wisdom from every corner of the globe.
DurgaMata is a musician, speaker, spiritual artist and wellbeing coach. Known for her Mindfulness-Meditation Silk-Painting Workshops that stand out in their ability to raise consciousness and aid wellbeing, as well as being joyful, these events are truly transformative.
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DurgaMata of London
By profession DurgaMata is an artist and teacher but the most important element in her life is SPIRITUAL ASPIRATION. She believes that if we really want to make a positive difference in the world, we have to begin with our own lives and look within. When we take action to raise our own consciousness, this ripples out into the wider world in a natural way and the change is enduring. This philosophy is not new. Over 2,000 years ago in China, Lao-tse expressed it eloquently.
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
As is true in all aspects of life, the important things are not new. They are timeless. But it is not enough just to know about them. What is needed is action, to embed these truths in our lives. And through her inspirational speaking Durga Mata can enable audience members to see their own lives in the light of timeless wisdom and embrace the necessary change.