Much ado about Plastic

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I recently moved. Not far, just across town, yet everything I own was uprooted, sifted and sorted. As I packed and organized, as I generated trash and recyclables in various forms, I noticed there was plastic everywhere.

Plastic has become an integral part of our modern day existence, an undeniable convenience. There are endless uses of plastic in appliances, vehicles, packaging, toys, clothing, electronics even heart valves! As amazing and versatile as plastic is, the thought of it still makes me cringe. It is toxic, it encourages the use of petroleum products and it never breaks down completely. According to, “when plastics are thrown into the landfill or into the water, they don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade, breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits. These bits contaminate our soil and our waterways.” With the rising awareness of the impact of these synthetic polymers on our precious ecosystem, I regularly ask myself, “How can I be more responsible with my use of plastic?”

My work as a sculptor and a painter finds me responsible for the many tools of my trade. Over the years I have always made room for them, housed them, stored them, cared for them. Specialty tools, basic hand tools, tools have I designed or built.  My pantry filled with boxes, bottles and jars of powders, liquids and sprays. I have pounds of clay and wax, pots of paint, drills, hammers, wrenches, rulers, scales and other tools of measure.  Many of the tools are made with plastic and many of them stored in plastic.

My favorite way of storing these treasures, these tools of creativity, are in tall, rolling, steel toolboxes. The kind you see in a mechanics shop or possibly your own garage. As much as I love these rugged, well-designed units, not everything fits in them and they are not easily transported. So, I turn to plastic, rigid plastic tubs and trunks in various sizes, some of which I have had for more than 20 years. Durable, stackable, sturdy and waterproof they play a critical role in corralling many of my things.

Researchers and scientists are studying the impact of plastic on the health of the planet and all of us living here. There is a vibrant conversation alive in our world today about natural, Earth-friendly alternatives and a growing number of resources to educate us about the value of recycling. The Environmental Protection Agency, here in the United States, offers a comprehensive website, In addition, try googling “recycling” and the name of your town, you may be surprised what there is to learn.  Heart-centered people are stepping up. People committed to providing services to support us in the care of our Earth. Social media is a valuable resource for ideas and information. People share their personal practices and insights as well as what they learn from others.

My invitation in writing this article is to ask us all to think carefully about the choices we make around our use of plastic and keep an eye open for alternatives.  Can we make choices that do not include plastic? When we purchase something wrapped in plastic, are we recycling, reusing or repurposing?

There is much to learn about this incredibly convenient yet potentially harmful material. As we begin to take responsibility for the impact of our choices on the environment, as we educate ourselves about the alternatives available, here are 3 simple steps we can take today to create a positive impact:

•Recycle soft plastic grocery bags along with plastic paper towel and toilet paper packaging. Many non-food soft plastic wraps are also recyclable. Receptacles for these soft plastics can be found at most grocery stores and other large retailers.

•Remember to bring your reusable grocery bags when you go shopping. And reward yourself each time you do.

•Seek out alternatives to plastics containers. Consider stainless steel or glass.

Small acts, consciously chosen, add up to great things.  Our awareness expands and new habits are created.  We are clever beyond measure. We are wildly creative.  Ours is a changing world and we are the key to making change happen.  Namaste.


Below are more resources about recycling plastics. Please add your ideas in the comments below.  Thank you!

Sedona, AZ   Sedona Recycles

Mahopac, NY  Recycling Guide  5 websites to support our recycling habit

TEDx Sedona!

This year I join a dynamic lineup of speakers for my first TEDx experience!

TED is a platform for connection, sharing the wisdom of our experiences and growing the conversation that is a driving force in the expansion of our consciousness.  Please join us!

October 14, 2017 in Sedona AZ

“Small Acts of Immeasurable Benefit: Harnessing Our Magnificent Creative Power”

The power to uplift our world and all the people in it lies in the palm of our hands. Like the power found in a single atom, the ability to create great change can be found in the smallest of acts. Each one of us is a vibrant, pulsating center of creation, every thought, every word, every deed setting energy in motion. How do we harness this magnificent creative power to pave a path to Peace? Drawing on my experiences as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition and the practice and study of meditation and mindful-awareness, I share simple tools for creating lasting change.

Peace Week with Goldenstein Gallery!

May we know Peace, Peace in our Hearts, Peace in our World!

I am proud to be among the incredibly talented artists of Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona AZ celebrating another International Day of Peace!  Join me in the gallery for A kick off meditation September 14 at 9:30 am and a closing meditation and dedication September 28 at 9:30.

Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona Curates City-Wide Art Exhibition EVERY DAY PEACE

“This year marks the 36th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace, established in 1981 by the United Nations. Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. In 2012 Sedona was honored to receive a proclamation from the United Nations making Sedona the 35th International City of Peace.

This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants with Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. In Sedona, from September 14th -28th, the public is invited to take part in Every Day Peace, a special Sedona City Wide Art Exhibit curated by Linda Goldenstein.

Every Day Peace officially opens at Goldenstein Gallery on September 14th at 9:30 a.m. with a guided Peace Meditation led by renowned artist and speaker Sherab Khandro. Khandro will lead another guided peace meditation at Goldenstein Gallery on September 28th at 9:30am. The public is invited to attend both meditations.

Stretching across five locations throughout Sedona, Every Day Peace locations include Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona City Hall, L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona Rouge and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Sedona City Hall Plaza holds seventeen outdoor pieces: life-size and monumental sculptures by internationally renowned artists James Muir, David Phelps and an interactive Bell Garden featuring the reclaimed metal bells of Cheston Trammel.

A Painter and sculptor, Khandro wishes to inspire the hearts and minds of others. She is one of a handful of early western artists to receive formal training from Buddhist masters in exile in the US, bringing forth traditional sacred art in the way it has been done for centuries. Using the neo-impressionist style of pointillism, her paintings resonate with purpose: tiny dots of color create vibrant imagery, every dot is offered as a blessing to end suffering in the world. The power of presence can be viscerally felt in her work and flows into paintings and also encompasses her sculpture and intentional jewelry line.

As an extension of Every Day Peace, Khandro will be featured in Los Angeles September 16-21 in BudART, a special exhibit that highlights the work of artists whose art is a living representation of meditation.

Allegorical Art is a term Sedona artist James Muir uses to describe his art as being filled with symbolic meaning. His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an insightful grasp of the human experience results in exquisitely crafted and poignant bronzes.

Placed near the Peace Pole at City Hall, James Muir’s poignant “Children” sculpture epitomizes this year’s U.N. theme. Fleeing before the storm clouds of war, a little refugee girl, herself still merely a child, gives comfort and reassurance to her own doll-child. Through it all, she reflects the uncertain innocence and trust of all children inheriting a world not of their making, yet, filled with the hope of creating a better future. In addition to Sedona City Hall, a life sized special presentation of Children is part of the Permanent Collection at the Auschwitz Birkenau Holocaust Museum in Poland.

Muir is completing a monumental bronze, commissioned for Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross, that will rest on the interior window cross and be unveiled in the Spring of 2017. The maquette bronze sculpture of this poignant piece can be seen both at Goldenstein Gallery and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Visitors to Every Day Peace are invited to play Cheston Trammel’s stunning series of sculptural reclaimed metal bells placed at City Hall and other locations.

For more information on their artists, artwork, Satellite Exhibits Sedona City Wide, and Artists in Residence please visit Sign up for their monthly E-zine, Instagram and Facebook or call 928-204-1765. Open daily, Goldenstein Gallery’s address is 150 State Route 179, at the corner of SR179 and 89A. Voted Best Gallery in Sedona 10 years running and recently named the best place to shop in Sedona by USA Today’s 10 Best, Goldenstein Gallery is known for its diversity of world-renowned local and regional artists in all media and styles.”   –BWW Media Desk



BUDART Festival 2017! An International festival of Meditative Arts, Music and Infinite Love


Artists and meditators from around the globe are gathering in celebration of our awakening world.  In the presence of the sacred Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha, inspiring art and heartfelt speakers, we engage our hearts and minds as we pave a path to Peace. Hosted by the University of the West located in Rosemead, CA, we are inviting everyone to participate in this week long festival celebrating our expanding consciousness.

Learn more about this exciting event:

BUDART Festival 2017

I have the honor to share my work among many talented artists from around the world.  The exhibition will run all week from Sept 16-21.  Opportunities to participate in blessings, guided meditations and interactive art experiences are available to the public.

Sunday afternoon, September 17, I will personally be participating in a collaborative art project followed by a lively discussion:

Colors of Music: Artist Collaboration


Artists are painting music, musicians are playing colors and forms… A three-hour musical art meditation done by celebrated artists and musicians is a truly spectacular sight. Nikolai Makarov, Sherab Khandro, Ola Hikari, Izabel Raa, Liana Moon and other Budart artists will create a collaborative piece together with the SAMHEY band. Witness the incredible art performance and see how the dividing lines between people, sounds and images disappear.


Beyond the Threshold: A Panel Discussion


A panel discussion with distinguished artists on why and how meditative techniques can expand, deepen and illuminate one’s experience of art and reveal the ultimate nature of existence.

Wednesday evening you are invited to join me as we empower our lives through the Wisdom of our Hearts:

The power to uplift our world and all the people in it lies in the palm of our hands. Like the power found in a single atom, the ability to create great change can be found in the smallest of acts.

Each one of us is a vibrant, pulsating center of creation, every thought, every word, every deed setting energy in motion.

How do we harness this magnificent creative power to pave a path to Peace?

Drawing on her experiences as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition and the practice and study of meditation and mindful-awareness, Shey shares tools for creating lasting change.


#BudartFest 2017



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