Soulful journey in Mexico update: reflections through nature and art

Hola to

the world out there,

The journey continues through art therapy, art and soulful exploration of self and others in places where somehow I was meant to go and experience life as it happens.

Recently I have been spending time pondering in nature through beautiful meditations, pranayama, and yoga at sunrise at the ocean in the Caribbean.While I get to tune in, reattune and breathe I discover more of self and others in the world through energy and the beautiful world of creativity. Art, expressivecreation as the essence of life, unfolds through my own process, connecting with that of others and working with emotions and feelings of people and places.

So much happens daily that often we loose connection with the source, with our special connection with nature and the metaphysical energy that bypasses our little knowledge of quantum physics…I am grateful how this journey of expressive therapies/nature therapies is reconnecting me with my inner being and gently reminds me of the basics and how fundamental they are. So at the end of the end of the day once you practice gratitude and kindness you cannot hold on to negative feelings because everything comes and go and in order to leave in peace you need to learn to let go, to breathe consciously and observe, decide when to engage and remember it is all part of the process of continuous becoming where the only true core is the Self experiencing life.

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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 itinerant Travel Bag of Hope: an art journey connecting 14 creative women

I was thinking of incorporating some random acts of kindness through creative projects into my current surroundings while in the Middle East…Sharing is caring and I find that wherever I go it expands the networks within expressive arts therapies, arts and healing communities…
I feel that this could be a little something celebrating the important values of peace, love, gratitude, respect, hope, acceptance and diversity. I got the idea from an amazing previous project by super inspiring art therapist Gretchen Miller and her project: Random Acts of Art adventure traveling pouch that went global.
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The aim of the creative random act is to pass on the “Traveling Bag of Hope” with art materials and a little something made for the receiver. Everyone taking part will receive instructions on what/how/whom to send it. The receiver will send me pictures of arrival, creative present made of things inside the bag, add a little something to the bag, do a page in the bag’s traveling art journal and send it off to the next destination:)
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Ultimately local artists, art therapists and their communities will be connected and good creative vibes will be spread:)
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So the “Traveling Bag of Hope” (something I made with improvised materials) has already made her way from me to Dana Shaham as the second stop and continue the travels further.
Inside among the creative goodness and artsy vibes, there is also a journal in which everyone will contribute:)
Safe happy travels to “Traveling Bag of Hope” and its encounters:)

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

P.E.T.E.’s School for Special Children support our Indiegogo project only 21 DAYS LEFT!

Hello everyone:)

I know it has been quite a while…I disappeared from the cyber world but I have been networking and following projects in the world around me:) Finally getting back and it is great to catch up with amazing creatives and inspiring people from all over!

 

I would like to bring the attention to P.E.T.E. NGO in New Delhi and the project we set up on Indiegogo to open a new school for special children in the slums as time is running out…ONLY 21 DAYS!!! Please help us make this project a reality!!!

Directly from P.E.T.E. UPDATE

“Introducing our newest project….. P.E.T.E.’s School for Special Children

We want to provide a safe place where children with special needs can

learn and grow. One volunteer, Lizzie, was inspired by a child named

Sandeep that she met in the slums. After building a friendship with

Sandeep, she wanted to do something for him and the other special

children after she left India. Lizzie has teamed up with P.E.T.E. To help us

open a new school for children with special needs to learn through music,

art, and creativity. We need to raise $3,500 to make this school possible

and we depend on the support of people like you! We have included a link

to our crowdfunding campaign and we hope that you will consider giving to

our cause. Please help make the school for special children possible! Every

donation is appreciated and helps us get closer to reaching our goal!”

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pete-school-for-special-needs-children

 

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Inspiration from the circle of art

Namaste,

I still need to update posts from the road…getting there in due time;)

I am  finally able to reconnect with the vibrant energy of inspiring creatives over at the circle of art….I have been travelling and following interesting projects and ideas but I have been missing touching base with amazing people over at the circle of art:)

It is quite interesting bringing that inspiration into the reality I am experiencing at the moment…..Thank you Petrea and everyone at over at the circle of Art!!!

Sending lots of love and sunshine especially to those in cold weather 😉

Lizzie

 

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New Update from the road: straight form the heart of the artist journal

It has been a while I wanted to write this post but I got side tracked but some personal stuff going on ….more on that on next post:)

So during my travels and experiences in India I was lucky enough to connect, meet and spend some time with some amazing people and take part in great projects and ideas just as they unfold….With a little nostalgia I left the north of India a while ago and decided to head south in spite of the heat … On one hand it was difficult to say good-bye and hit the road again after having met some fab people who made me part of their extended family and their world… On the other hand  by making my way south I got to experience new colors, flavors, crowds, languages and traditions….

The main reason to cruise through Mumbai and head to Pune in Maraashatra was to meet and spend some quality time with a very inspiring friend, artist and parent Abha Bhagwat .… I was blown away with my experience spending time with her, her family and friends.  I was lucky to take part in Abha’s art workshops and see her artwork. It is so refreshing and beautiful to find someone who treasures children creativity and imagination, understanding how essential it is to let that flow within any aspects of children’s life.

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Also having the chance to visit inspiring places fostering free play and imagination like the Balbahvan in Pune, a truly special recreational place for children created by extraordinary Shobhatai…

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And then the amazing project by Arvin Gupta , at IUCCA, making learning toys from trash with the mission of  bringing education everywhere and stimulating the creative mind…Super inspiring environments where creative ideas get wings:)))

 

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It was so amazing to experience life these amazing places and playing freely with imagination and creativity inspired by a very open, experimental and inspiring environment promoting the creative flow on so many levels. I so enjoyed the incredible inspiring energy coming from interactions with children and making art with them. It is special to see the world through their eyes…So this is the fab context from which magic things happen.. While I have made my journal throughout my different whereabouts and improvised with art materials and communities…in Pune I was overwhelmed by the contagious artistic creative vibes all around…

 

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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….. 

“Being all there” wherever and whenever….

This was inspired by the beautiful prompt over at the circle of Art 🙂

The  Miyajima Torii is a real special place….the stunning floating gate to Itsukushima Shrine …part of the World Heritage Site on Miyajima Island.

The magic here happens following the tides cycles…when there is low tide one can get there by walking on the mud..then when high tide comes in the Miyajima Torii appears floating on the water….I feel that somehow those moments reconnects with the flow of our invisible Qi and the flow of life….

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Kabir’s wisdom is so profound…It really doesn’t matter where we are at….All that matters is that any point is a starting point and we have the power to be active participants within that energy and create anything we want to ……

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Wish you luck in the Year of the Horse 马年大吉 Mǎnián dàjí

Wow new Lunar New Year…:)

Eastern traditions mark the beginning of 2014 as the year of the Wood Horse…

So wish you luck in the Year of the Horse  马年大吉 Mǎnián dàjí 🙂

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Rune Kondo artwork about the year of the horse remains one of may favorites:)

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It’s fascinating the connection we have with the earth and moon cycles….

Tibetan Buddhists observe the festival of Losar ལོ་གསར  (‘lo’ = ‘year’ and ‘sar’=‘new’). During this special time evil spirits are turned away and Losar is cherished with happiness and prosperity. ..

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Have a great weekend enjoying colorful celebrations 🙂

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