This website and blog is a labor of love on the part of a pensioner  – one who never in her wildest dreams imagined that her efforts would prove so satisfying and be so widely appreciated.

A decade after its quiet beginnings it has taken on a life of its own without promotion on my part. It is in full bloom, yet shows no sign of fading – it just keeps growing in its own organic manner.

Originally I built the site in Dreamweaver and hosted it privately. After six years I realized the hosting costs involved were becoming burdensome and switched to the WordPress platform. This works well, but there are still costs involved in keeping the site alive.

So, rather reluctantly, and at the urging of many friends who question the sanity of spending one’s days working without income, I’ve decided to offer you the opportunity to help support this site – and its editor.

Please understand that I do not wish to profit from the artwork and ideas posted here. I am a handmaiden to the muse – I share because it is in my DNA, and because I know from a lifetime of experience as an artist and an educator that contemplative art practice can help to save the world, actually. It can certainly change the lives of those for whom its practice serves to dissolve the gap between the observer and the observed.

When it comes to giving, I like the metaphor of the good old slot machine. You pop your pennies in the top, you pull the handle, and something happens. When we are generous, more often than not the “something” that happens is also generous. This is the way of the Universe.

– If you’ve downloaded and enjoyed the series of free e-books empty canvas : wondering mind

– If you’ve found material on the site useful for your research as an educator or artist

– If your work has been freely featured on the website in the artisans’ gallery, blog posts, or written articles

… please consider popping some small change in the slot machine by clicking on the button below. You will be magically transported to PayPal where your contribution will be securely processed. You can nominate your own amount, pay by card, and you don’t need a PayPal account.

Any contribution, no matter how modest, will help keep the site online and flourishing.
(And yours truly as well.)

In gratitude

– miriam louisa simons

Thanks for supporting 'the awakened eye' project

At the deepest level
there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient…
only the universe rearranging itself.

– John Kabat-Zinn