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

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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 ūüôā

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….. 

Joining the Gayatri Mantra Wave celebrating the Year of the Horse: evolving through the Energy of Love

Opss…I forgot to post LOL…

I really love and connect with this artwork by Rune Kondo, ICAF Youth Board Member in Japan. Among many other things, in the real spirit of¬†ICAF,¬†it celebrates¬†¬†art for the development of creativity and empathy ūüôā

I would like to share it to celebrate the special year/new year to come (depending on calendars and cultures)….

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The moon has been super magical and it was beautiful to connect with the amazing ¬†energy of the¬†Gayatri¬†Mantra Wave throughout the world celebrating this special time…

Through this evolving process the beauty and the power of Love is the connecting energy radiating through everything and everyone…

I hope that all those positive wishes exchanged throughout the world will feed the positive energy and help collective evolution honoring the planet.

 

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Enjoy, connect and share the new Energy:)

 

Let the way evolve…

This week prompt over at the Circle of Art is inspired by Rumi…
Very special words of wisdom that echoes inwards and outwards reconnecting to the bigger picture …
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As always feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and creations!!!!

If you would like to join us over at the  Virtual Art Circle you can get to  Virtual Art Circle on Facebook  follow the link and request to join! Petrea will add you:)

Have a great weekend ūüôā

Open up to the endless possibilities

This week prompt over at the¬†Circle of Art is such a beautiful reminder to broaden our perspectives and open up to the endless possibilities…

It may seem very difficult and sometimes the word and idea of ¬†“impossible” may come up…but is it is only when we get going and evolve with the process that things unfold and take shape…So that word and idea are then replaced with the positive “possible” and everything looks different!!!

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Have a great weekend:)

As always feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and creations!!!!

If you would like to join us over at the  Virtual Art Circle you can get to  Virtual Art Circle on Facebook  follow the link and request to join! Petrea will add you:)

Journey through the Unknown

This week’s art prompt over at the Circle of Art is extra special:) I love it!!!

“My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold”. Rumi

 

Here is something I have been working on for a while and this fantastic quote just helped me to figure it out:)

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As always feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and creations!!!!

If you would like to join us over at the  Virtual Art Circle you can get to  Virtual Art Circle on Facebook  follow the link and request to join! Petrea will add you:)

Welcome the Light : inspired by the Circle of Art

This week prompt over at the Circle of Art ¬†is very¬†strong….

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ¬†-Rumi

While thinking about it I came across something that resonated with and liked to the prompt..

So my response …

First with a yogi tea tag and my interpretation of it and then making something exploring this framework of mind…

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From these ideas, I made this piece using inks, reflections and layers….

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend ūüôā

If you would like to join us over at the  Virtual Art Circle you can get to  Virtual Art Circle on Facebook  follow the link and request to join! Petrea will add you:)

Weekend reflection: celebrating Eudomonic happiness

I am catching up with  creative concos and ideas and this weekend I have been exploring the awesome Fun Monday Challenge #20 РEudomonic happiness  by Lani Gerity over at 14 Secrets. 

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As usual Lani Gerity is a super amazing source of ideas connecting to fab research and studies in positive psychology, neuroscience and the great creative power of art making!!! As I love those field and how current science is backing up the power of happy vibes I encourage you to check out the great links Lani mentions in her post. In particular genetic response to different types of happiness is beyond fascinating and bring closer science and creativity.

The differentiation between hedonic and eudomonic happiness is a very interesting point and I went to read this good articleON HAPPINESS AND HUMAN POTENTIALS: A Review of Research on Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-Being in the Annual Review of Psychology (Deci & Ryan, 2001). Hedonic happiness is based on the subjective standpoint in which  happiness is achieved by positive affection and satisfying cognition, for example in getting something that makes one feel good. While eudomonic happiness relies on the fundamentals of  humanistic psychology: self actualization and fulfillment result in happiness as a byproduct of the process of pursuing eudomonic goals.

Lani’s post¬†refers to Frederickson studies¬†(Frederickson et al., 2013) amazingly showing how¬†eudomonic happiness (the happiness of “doing good” and “finding a purpose”) has a profound genetic impact in which well-being is triggered by the experience of eudonomic happiness.

I love how Lani take this information one step further and make an art challenge:

“Create an envelope or container of some sort that can fit in your bag or purse, and in this keep ATC’s (there are a few posts¬†right here¬†on ATC cards), simple¬†moo cards, or even simple inspiring quotes on card stock.¬† Then when you are in some public place you can leave a gift, a bit of guerilla art, or a random act of art kindness.¬† You will be creating the happiness of doing good art, AND you can create genetic changes with your Eudomonic Happy Art (Guerilla Art).”

How cool is that?!!? Revolutionizing the environments you come across instilling happy vibes doing good and feeling awesome:) So get get your best tools out to make this happen and share happiness!!!

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The most amazing thing here that all you need really is to bring about your creative side and adventure in creating and sharing good… Personally I see this going way beyond art making but as an essential rule in life to expand happy vibes to the max and create positive energy all around!!!

So what do you think?!! Please feel free to share your thoughts, idea and ways in which you think this challenge can expand!!!! Feel free to share your work or play on Instagram  #14SecretsChallenge or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool

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