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Banana Sky DVD
"Endless Beauty - For Relaxation, Nurturing and Balance"

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The Banana Tree

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"I just got a chance to watch & listen to your preview. It wasSOOOOO wonderful! I have been having a hectic day, and it brought my chaos level way down to a manageable level. It made me want more! When I get home I am going to watch the DVD and thoroughly enjoy myself." PAULA BATTAGLIO


photograph of Sheila Finkelstein
Inspirational Photography:
Sheila Finkelstein
Photograph Jeannie Fitzsimmons - Wind Poet cover
Healing Heart Music:
Jeannie Fitzsimmons
ASCAP Composer


"I watched your DVD twice. It is stunningly beautiful ... and educational. It has inspired me." Marifran Kolb

"I watched Banana Sky last night. It's wonderful. I love the photos you've chosen. I love the music. The pictures are too lovely to miss." INA AMES

"I found it a lovely meditation... beautiful, interesting photos, wonderful color, graceful movement and rhythm... playful peek-a-boo findings... captivating interplay of light and shadow. I loved the "life cycle' of the banana plant and fruit... birth to death and transformation. And the music was certainly fitting." LINDA GIPSON

"An Endless Loop of Beauty," stated JEANNIE FITZSIMMONS, ASCAP Composer, after first experiencing the dissolving in and out of the photos and music together.

Hear what Jeannie said after watching BANANA SKY:

Click on the small triangle to LISTEN. To PAUSE click on the 2 vertical bars. STOP is the square.


"Very Peaceful and I need Peaceful." CAREGIVER to a spouse with Parkinson's Disease

"At last! And what a beautiful experience I had watching your new DVD on my TV. Very relaxing and inspiring. The photos, of course, are beautiful, and I really enjoyed the music, too. This would be a nice “tape” to run while meditating or trying to stretch and relax before bed.

I was astonished at the many parts of the banana plant, and particularly loved the tiny pink blooms all lined up like little piggies ready to suckle! I also appreciate the amazing sunset orange colors of the plant, and I like the shots where they are reaching, stretching up to that beautiful blue Florida sky!"
Nancy Sellers

“The other day, I can say with reasonable certainty I had the closest thing to an emotional breakdown. After several incidents, I returned home and watched Banana sky. I saw majestic leaves ever reaching for the Light. The leaves breathed, moved, spiraled, fringed themselves, changed their shape, and every evolution was a magnificent expression... I saw “cocoon”-like leaves tight--reminding me of when I was not ready to face something or when I was closed. Then, as they gracefully surrendered to the perfect timing, they moved, morphed, opened and were exalted in their journey....

Oh, Sheila! What a precious and magnificent work, complete with the vibration of sound.... It was right on time and my life is made so much better by it. Thank you! ” Nori Slater, RN

"Ah! I finally had the chance to relax into your DVD and I am delighted to tell you the experience was divine! I found the entire experience to be very soothing and filled with peace. The visions of the beauty of nature and its miracles were truly magnificent." Debbie Friedman, Cleaning Out the Closet of the Mind, Inc. -

Judith Schwab, Artist, wrote that BANANA SKY "centers" her for the day. Thus, she watches it every morning as she eats her breakfast. She continued:

Banana Sky
embodies the secret of life,
watching the leaf
with dew
the sky
with shade, with
a multitude of
green blue yellow
repetitions, studying the endless
variations, an intimate
connection with
life and nature
centering the spirit
for a day of peace
on earth internalizing
Banana Sky

©2007 Judith Schwab,
with thanks to Sheila Finkelstein

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Banana Sky DVD - Over 100 Photos in an "Endless Loop" of Beauty - Visual and Auditory - Only $12, includes mailing in US - $15.00 outside the US to cover additional postage and handling

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$15 - outside the US


A dance
A rhythm
A strength
A presence

Dancing in the wind
Rhythmically leaves split and get lighter as they get larger
Blood red trunk
Rich and full the bottom is

Unfolding with power each of the leaves
from the center erect
then opening out majestically
to the right
the left
then slightly forward to us.
Where is backward?
Need to check.

©2006 Sheila Finkelstein

ORDER NOW - Banana Sky- The DVD for Respite and Peace - Photography and Music only - No words to become between, or influence, your experience of the imagery.

Why the Banana Sky DVD?

One of the things I am most passionate about in life is discovering new and different things, especially in colors, shapes and textures in nature. I also love the “mystery” of an object or an event, particularly a growing, or an ongoing, changing one.  Once I purchased a digital camera a few years ago, it started becoming a habit for me to grab it and start photographing whenever anything catches my eye.

My love affair with the banana tree started after I discovered my first in the American Orchid Society gardens. I love the richness of the color and the textures. I especially enjoy the rows of tiny “faces” (banana tips) under the unfurling petals of the almost-purple pod that grows down from the top.

At one point I planted my own banana tree. It was 3 to 4 feet high when I planted it and it started growing at what seemed, for me, an unbelievable rate. I began documenting it on a daily basis.

I got caught up in the drama of the unrolling of the giant leaves, many splitting into fringes, their rhythm in and of themselves. Then came the play of the lights and shadows, and the reflections in the leaves of the palm fronds. The final fascination came with the unfurnling of the pod petals and the teeny bananas in rows hugging the under side othe the beautiful purple petals.

Ultimately, I found that, in addition to the process of taking the photos, they were also serving another purpose.  During times when I was in an unsettled emotional state, I could simply go to my computer and run them in a slide show.  An almost immediate shift in peace and serenity resulted.  

This led to my creating this DVD to share with others to offer a similar opportunity for peace and respite. Special thanks go to Jeannie Fitzsimmons, for the use of Bamboo Ballet, one of her wonderful pieces of healing music. 
Sheila Finkelstein

More on Jeannie Fitzsimmons

Jeannie Fitzsimmons is a global heart and ambassador, with a passion for guiding others to their own spiritual awakening as service to humanity. A successful artist in many fields, she is a Gold, and multi-Platinum ASCAP song-writer co-writing ‘My Everlasting Love’ for ‘Dionne’ produced by Barry Manilow. Anne Murray and Dottie West have also recorded her songs.

The last 30 years has led her into teaching ‘how to live The Secret’ in everyday life. Mentored by Physicist Lester Levenson, founder of The Sedona Method, she is a global connector of transformation leaders, as a visionary, healer, photographer, and produces neuro-acoustic healing flute, keyboard, and angelic vocal music. She is a national spokesperson for transformation and is a global television host for where she produces shows to promote, uplift, inspire and transform media world-wide. See


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