Retrospective notes from a special journey: how India changed me

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Things have got a little busy and so much happening…LIFE eh:) While trying to handle the present I came across powerful memories…My last journey in India thought me  a lot… so many memories, incredible friends and experiences to treasure and learn from:)

I have traveled so many places in that country, met incredible people and I had some great experiences…Of course, there have been traveling blues, unpleasant situations and all but it is part of the adventure:)

For me, this particular journey has been a real eye-opening  going through ups and downs and the more the days passed by the more I was able to understand what others told me about India…Things like it is a unique place that you either love or hate…. The poverty you experience there is so overwhelming that can make you sick…. It is so strange as everything is going to hit you so hard there…The smells, the flavors, the contrasts all merge and keep coming back again and again…

It is amazing how every single time something is going terribly bad…like touching bottom, the very next moment few seconds away is uplifting and someone randomly comes your way and make things better…this kinda continuous cycle has been happening to me all the time…and you kind of learn to trust the process and let things unfold…

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While at times things have been tough traveling as female solo..other times incredible people made me feel home in the middle of the desert, slums, strangers welcomed me within their families…

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I have been completely absorbed into those moments that the typical timeline and worries about past and future vanished…Just being present trying to grasp everything around me and keep up with different reality took up all of me!!!Incredible learning curve!!!

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I have been collecting so many memories and stories I cherish, not to mention the great people that truly touched my heart…I really feel like some pieces of my heart were left there with them…yet my heart and love are growing and connecting more with everything. It would take forever to tell a story about this journey…maybe at some point I will write about this adventure…

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I just would like to thank you everyone…that crossed my path in this special journey no matter the impact, no matter the kind of energy and vibes….just going through the process has been the most important part…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride the waves…

There have been some rough days…but I look around and I can’t help to connect and feel nature around me….Another change of energy is coming: the wind has been blowing like crazy, the swell came in and the waves are just amazing: powerful, rhythmic and beautiful. The water always reminds me of my strengths and weaknesses and how we as humans often lose touch with the essentials of life…As soon as I re-connect to the elements and stop in that place of stillness everything gets a new perspective.

Whenever one can be a little lost there are always good things around…I found this great reminder at a perfect timing:) It is so true…enjoy and ride the waves!

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It is so true…and if you adventure in surfing you also got to experience the magic of those moments when you connect with the water and feel its power…Surf is up yay:)

The power of emotions: feeling grateful

Lately life has been very hectic and so much is happening this side of the world…

I adventured into the art therapy studies last fall and it has been an incredible journey…After using creative expression, nature and alternative healing for such a long time it is inspiring to study academically, learn different perspectives and in the field work the theory meets the practice.

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I try to be mindful daily and focus on the power of positive psychology. Lately I found myself facing many challenges and it has been hard at times, I acknowledge bad experiences and trauma. However,I try to accept these parts, events and feelings as part of the life journey and learn from it. For me  the turning point is living by the heart, keeping positive and focusing on the right now and work through the moment: appreciate life even more. I think we are humans and we can’t help but feel and experience the world. Among the many difficulties and struggle lately I found it very difficult to allow myself to be and feel everything I need to…

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I feel grateful for many things as when I take a moment and look around I feel the connection and power of positive emotions. I have met incredible and inspiring people, new special friends who touched my heart, THANK YOU you know who you are:)

Furthermore, there are many ideas and projects (the artist and art therapist within can’t help it) involving communities and different places …so I got to learn more about, people places and tune into nature…And the journey continues:)

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Joining the Chalk Art wave for Brussels and Humanity

It feels the world is going a little darker with the recent news of Brussels and the trauma and strong emotions that first touched Turkey and now back in Europe in Brussels. Maybe because Europe has been my “home” for such a long time, or maybe because in the continent there is a strong sense of democracy, freedom and coexistence of diversity..Maybe it is because acceptance and existentialism have deep roots..I don’t know I just feel that there is something strong turning the world as we know it upside down…It goes beyond the terrible events happening in Brussels, Paris and France and Turkey..It is something that questions humanity…Art comes to the rescue and while I have been using for myself and in art therapy settings in response to reactions and feelings in light of this event…It has been interesting and uplifting to see how people gathered in Brussels and express through art essential ideas and keep positive in spite of everything.

I feel that even from far away I want to join that chalk art wave and contribute to that loud voice that speaks a deep truth. I started with the dark but then colors emerged and life has shades and humanity has hope.

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#Brussels #bruxelles #belgium #jesuisbrussels #chocolate #beer #love#humanity #bourse #hope #redballoon@welovebrussels

On the Art Therapy path

After many whereabouts, meeting and collaborating with inspiring people and amazing projects with different communities I am finally on the official track for art therapy education and qualifications:)

I feel that my interests, background and holistic approach will grow further.

So yep Lizzie is back in Grad school:) Back to learning not just theory, but also practicing and of course continuing making art as an artist, but also as an art therapist in training. It is in the field training that I love to experience how the pieces of the puzzle get together, how theory meets practice:)

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Random Acts of Art Adventure: Super-charged from powerful creative buzz from the traveling art pouch

A while back I joined an interesting creative adventure organised by board certified art therapist and certified trauma consultant  Gretchen Miller. The project involves a special Random Acts of ART Pouch touching several destinations globally and connecting creatives…

It was such a surprise to receive it after it traveled such a long way…It reached so many art corners and within its content much art was/is and will be shared!!! Finally the Random Acts of Art Adventure touched based in my creative space last week….super exciting!!! It was incredible to find so much goodness in it…There is the pouch’s fascinating journal/passport and then every single item is so infused with creative spirit that is way too contagious…Is beyond amazing to think about how many artists, places this special art pouch has reached and inspired… Being able to connect to those vibes is incredible!!!

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Discovering the content of the art pouch and going through its passport is so inspiring… every single bit comes from someone who has been creating before with its content and followed the philosophy of practicing random acts of art..

I received something special that Bernadette in Cambridgeshire did for me….beautiful!!!

I was so super-charged by this contagious energy that I created few things….

….A page in the pouch passport…

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Then I made a sort of mandala/art mantra for Michela waiting for the pouch next:)

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And while I was making something else…an unfolding love letter/note using cards and other material from the pouch…I came across someone who really needed it…so I took on this idea a little further and now I create some artsy notes to cheer up people who need it most and drop them randomly in community places I know …

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And so the random acts of art continue!!!!

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Thank you Gretchen and everyone on this great inspiring adventure of practicing random acts of art!

 

 

 

A special artistic collaboration nurturing the spirit of SPIRAL CHANNELS

It was so great to connect with inspiring artist, friend and mother Abha Bhagwat .

It is so wonderful how things brought us together… From initial cyber interactions while following an on-line course on intuitive painting hosted by amazing Petrea Hansen Adamidis based in Toronto, Canada….My recent whereabouts in India finally made us meet in person, connect and create together!!!

Her work and environment is bursting with creative ideas that just keep flowing and are so contagious:) It was an honor taking part in art workshops and experience her artwork. The amazing creative boost and the wonderful artistic environment outside the box just made me want to share the experience and this great connection….

I really wanted to introduce Abha to the amazing creative network of SPIRAL CHANNELS  I am part of (an international intercultural and interdisciplinary project in constant evolution).  So here it is a collaborative artwork celebrating the process and connection of two artists coming from different worlds yet finding a familiar ground to express and explore inner worlds….

I look forward to do more artwork with Abha and to see her over at the SPIRAL CHANNELS.…a great community where creative collaborations flourish and bring together inspiring people from all over the world… A great project by artist Vlado Franjevic

Painting_AbhaLizzie_SmallAbha and Lizzie’s Painting celebrating the spirit of Spiral Channels Pune, India, Spring 2014

Namaste 🙏 Lizzie’s update from projects and travels in India

It has been a while since my last post….
I have been wanting to write updates from the incredible journey through India but life has been quite chaotic and filled with unexpected events and situations;)

Artevolutions is a space I created to connect and share anything about life, inspire and be inspired… Life itself is a form of art and what we make throughout every day we are able to create, share and connect amazing moments… I have decided to follow my latest journey adventures in India via writing in this blog…I hope that anyone who is interested in my experiences can find my posts useful and inspiring;)

A bit more than six weeks ago I embarked on an adventure of travels and projects with small NGOs operating in India….I first arrived in the north of the country and travelled a little to get a grasp of the culture, differences, people and traditions….As often described travelling to India is a full immersion into another world with a powerful experience through all senses….flavors, smells, colors, art and architecture, performances, music, dances, spices, food, local vendors, the noise, the super crowded spaces….then there are different realities codex insisting side to side and it can get quite difficult to cope….

It has been incredible to meet so many people on my path and connect….in particular I have managed to learn and share experiences with local communities in the Thar desert where a there is a fabulous project of some village tribes to become eco-friendly, self sufficient and bring education in the desert….Amazing minds and ideas coming from people that cannot read or write and yet have such a beautiful vision for the next generations is so touching and inspiring….So far I have done surveys and research and we are building a team of people interested in making rural communities self sustainable and educated…so anyone interested or having particular skills please get in touch!

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Then I got to meet an incredible teacher and social worker Mr. Hari who is bringing education, with very poor or inexistent schooling structure, to the most remote villages in the countryside and hills in the areas around Khajuraho….Embarking on those long bicycle journeys to get to villages and seen students so excited to learn and gain a better future goes beyond words…Children and older students understand the importance of changing the lives of the new generations and how education is the key to change.

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So far my journey in India has been an incredible country where I made incredible encounters;) I got to experience life from a very special standpoint and even though at times things seem hard as dealing with different realities the kindness and welcome of amazing people enabled me to continue through my journey… Feeling that my efforts and time within local communities is so appreciated that everything feels so light and these experiences are contributing my personal development and getting a wider perspective on life….

So while my research, contribution and connection to spread awareness and implement these project continues ( they are projects at very initial states, so anyone who wants to contribute with knowledge, skills or interest is more than welcome) my journey continues adventuring with a small NGO: PETE Providing Education To Everyone in New Delhi Slums….next post will be focusing on that experience and the fundraising campaign I am preparing;)

Please connect to my social media links on this page ( twitter and artevolutions on Facebook to get updates on developments of the projects) and if you are interested in seeing India through my eyes you can see pictures on my Facebook page (Lizzie Bellotto) or Instagram (@lizzieartnsurf)

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NAMASTE everyone,

Greetings from India!

Things will be quieter here as I am on the road and will not get a chance to update much….

However, I shall stop by when I get a chance and share the journey;)

And go all those awesome blogger out there I will catch up with things slowly …..

I came across the very inspiring prompt over at the circle of art……

“There is a light seed grain inside. You fill it with yourself, or it dies.

I’m caught in this curling energy. Your hair. Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane.

Rumi…♥”

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As usual feel free to join;)

Loving-Kindness art promoting pro-social feelings

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It is great to encounter Fun Monday Challenge #35 – Loving Kindness in Art even with a lil delay 🙂

Lani points to some very interesting research on the positive effects of pro-social behavior and relation to others! Lani had a fab idea for this week Challenge to create our own Loving-Kindness art to promote pro-social feelings….

AWESOME…a practice to keep doing every single day throughout any activities…

Loving-Kindness definitely raise vibrations and make positive shifts in energy and environments.

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The force of Loving-kindness :

May all beings in existence be safe, happy, healthy, live joyously….. 

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