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 🙂

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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 – Eudomonic 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

Week-end reflection: reconnecting with the awesomeness within

Namaste,

I hope you are having a fab weekend!!!

Last week I embarked on a fascinating mantra meditation journey that I discovered by chance after having done few other meditations challenges…

21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey With Deva & Miten

I have started a journal following this practice following my personal evolution… my reflections and notes are accompanied with  sketches inspired by daily practice and topics…I am sharing here a few 😉

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For me, this mantra meditation is quite special and  very different because it reaches the level of the mindful mind through pure sound connecting our own energy and vibration with those of amazing Deva Premal and Miten …

It’s so beautiful to experience our inner tuning coming from our own sound through chanting echoing our own vibration…

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Feel the magic I am talking about in this short clip about a powerful chanting meditation with Deva and Miten:)

I find that chanting brings a further nuance to the mindful mind…

I like all sorts of meditation as I see them as different ways to reach a state of mind that in the modern world gets too separated from daily life….through meditation we get re-acquainted with accessing that part of the self that grant access to a deeper and holistic view of being…it reconnects to the absence of life beyond separation at some many levels… body mind and soul are reconnected and can allow to perceive things differently, a precious reminder that we are not so separate from others and surroundings, that energy flows and we are part of hat flow and that awareness brings responsibility about what we carry and promote within the world…

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It s such a beautiful way to re-connect to the awesomeness we have within that sometimes gets suffocated by external layers of modern life!

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love, peace and light to you all;)

Lizzie

Seed of Possibilities inspired by the Circle of Art

This is my response to the great prompt over at the Circle of Art:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu

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Evolving Filament inspired by the Circle of Art

This piece was inspired by the interesting quote over at the Circle of Art :

“A creative person is the real sum of her parts . . . a glowing filament whose light illuminates a corner of the darkness”
Eric Maisel

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Celebrating the solstice

Something inspired by this week quote over at the Virtual Art Circle and celebrating this special time of the year …

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

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Inspired by the circle of Art

I finally managed to get to create something inspired by the beautiful prompts over at the Virtual Art Circle

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”  Chinese Proverb

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“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent van Gogh

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“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”  Marilyn Monroe 

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Balancing the storm and Mission Continued {Link + Love}

Something inspired by the prompt over at The Circle of Art

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The mission of spreading the Link Love continues this month thanks to Tammy G’s Daisy Yellow …So connect, share and keep spreading the Link Love !!!

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This week list for Mission Continued {Link + Love}:

Heni’s Happy Paintings an artist’s blog about a  magical world of “Art for Kids and Kids at Heart ”

Meet artist Emma Daisy when she makes stuff and share it with the world!

Check out photographer Ben Reynolds and  his “My Unknown Projects” documentary story telling via photography and photo essays!

Artsy Forager  a way to connect and showcase some interesting  arts and design

Kelly Doak an interesting blog merging stories, journeys and creatives!

 

Jumping beyond Certainties

I have been working on this installation capture inspired by The Circle of Art prompt this week…

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           “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm

 

Vulnerable Rollercoaster and Link Love round #4

Inspired by some thoughts and process coming from the prompt over at the Circle of Art:

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“Perfect and bullet proof are seductive, but they dont’ exist in the human experience. We must walk into the arena, whatever it may be- a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation with courage and the willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgement and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.” ~Brene Brown

The mission of spreading the Link Love continues thanks to Tammy G’s Daisy Yellow…So connect, share and keep spreading the Link Love !!!

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Here is my fourth round of Link Love:

6 Degrees of Creativity is a wonderful blog created by passionate and inspirational art therapist Gretchen Miller… It’s a very special place where creatives can connect, share  and contribute to global projects.

Sue’s Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary is a “A Sanctuary for Inspirational Thoughts of Light, Love and Peace” .

Christopher’s Off  The Wall is a very interesting space to check out and connect with Christopher’s work:)

Sarah Roizen Art Therapy Blog a very inspirational spot with interconnecting stories and painting playground.

Wendy’s A Girl and her brush where  her world encounters mixed media painting and more:)

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