Mind, Body, Spirit

About labels and who we are

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"We are many people" - available as a print in my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/Searching4happiness

 

 

Labels ..... every day we are labelled by other people .. he or she is middle class, or working class, he or she is "stupid" or smart, he is bohemian, she is brilliant, he is a marketing person, she is an actor, he is a cleaner, she is an engineer, he is a doctor, she is an artist. 

From the moment we are born people try to put each and everyone of us into a classified drawer, "nicely and neatly", with a pretty label so that they will know exactly what to expect from you.

But when 2 labels are applied ... that you are a marketer AND an artist it becomes confusing ...... because you don't quite fit into a typical box with one "neat and pretty label" . And if a third label is added it's chaos in terms of what sort of person you are perceived to be... how can this be ... so many labels on just one person?

 

 

 

Hmmm no no no ... you can only be one type of person... so please let us have just one label for you so that we can find you a pretty little drawer with a pretty little label.

But the reality is that most of us are like Russian dolls ..... we are many people ... we do many things ... we have multiple skills ... we behave differently in different situations .... we are trained "to be" in a variety of fields. This is an asset, not a liability. It should be ok and normal to see people as being multiple characters (each one of whom is fascinating, each one of whom has many stories to tell). 

The other day I came across a charming You tube concert with Dudley Moore - at Hollywood bowl "Jazz & Gershwin" from 1984. 

I was absolutely mesmerized to see him performing with so much ease, pleasure and passion.  Of course my mind was trying to say ... but, but, but .. Dudley More is .. the fantastic Arthur that makes me laugh every time I see him. He can't also be this gifted pianist!  But he is .. and how brilliant is that! 

We definitely are ... many people ... aren't we! I hope you will enjoy the concert as much as I did! 

 


The power of kindness

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Resurgence is a bi-monthly magazine published in England .. I have read it for a long time. It's not mainstream in terms of "glitz in the news" but it is absolutely mainstream in terms of how we on this planet work to achieve a sustainable, peaceful world.

The themes Resurgence cover  resonate with my own interests - like environment, social justice, arts, ethical living and more. 

The "and more" in the March / April issue is a story that really deserves to be shared. Kindness has long hands, kindness heals the souls of people, kindness restores the trust in the human race. I have re-produced the story below. I really hope you enjoy it, courtesy of course to Resurgence.

 

 

 

 

"The power of kindness

 

In 1863, on a spring day in Northern Pennsylvania, a poor boy was selling goods door to door to pay his way through school. He realised he had only a dime left, and that he was hungry. So he decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman appeared at the door. 

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked "How much do I owe you"

"You don't owe me anything" she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said: "Then I thank you from my heart".

As Howard Kelly left that house, not only did he feel stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strenghtened also. He had been ready to give up and quit. 

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. 

Dr Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. 

When he heard the name of the town she came from he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went in to see her. He recognised her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case. 

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr Kelly requested that the business office pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take her the rest of her life to pay it. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read the words: 

"PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK"

(Signed) 

Dr Howard Kelly "

The seed of kindness is in each and every one of us. You don't need to wait for others to be kind to you. You don't need to be kind on special occasions. Kindness is a way of life! Most of all, be kind to yourself! 

 

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About the power of water and your body

A few years ago I came across Doctor Masaru Emoto's book called "Messages from Water". I have to admit I was really attracted by his amazing theory that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water.

While reading his book I remembered a few things that really made me accept and embrace his theory ...

1. My grandmother was a very simple woman, living in a tiny village, working the land just like her ancestors did for generations. One of the things that she used to say when people were praising her cooking was that food is not the main thing-  but the way your mind is while cooking, your thoughts are the main ingredient. As she said ... when you cook with love your food will taste delicious and will be nutritious.

2. In the Christian Orthodox tradition, there are various days when water is blessed by the priests in big wooden barrels and people queue for hours and hours to get some and bring home. It is then used to drink a little bit in the morning, it is given to the people who are ill, it is given to the children ...... it is one of those habits that one accepts without much questioning, a sort of superstition.

What Dr Emoto did for me was to actually attach a scientific explanation to something that religion was asking us to believe blindly.

I encourage you to read at least one of his books and see for yourself. The photos are incredible. "Seeing" the impact that the words have on the drops of water is incredibly shocking. The truth is .... what do we have to loose if we start speaking kindly to the water we drink, the water we come in contact with (be it in the sea or the one we use to bathe or cook with)?

One last thing .... . in positive psychology one is very much advised to create our own positive mantra and to repeat it during the day, write it in front of us, be gentle with ourselves, think positive thoughts.

.......given that up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, our blood is about 83% water ... and knowing what Dr Masaru discovered ......isn't it worth it surrounding ourselves, the people around us, nature with kind and loving words?

About the power of water and your body

About the power of water and your body


Art is about letting go

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Art is about letting go .... letting go of perfection, letting go of the SHOULDS, the HAVE to(s) ... Art is about giving yourself permission to express yourself ..... is about diving in and awakening the artist within....... diving in and dancing with the real you ...with the  the divine sparkle of light that is immortal.... 

Art is about people ..... like-minded people, loving, generous, supportive, non-judgemental, inspiring... 

 

 

Art is about the paints ... watercolour, oils, acrylics, oil pastels, chalk pastels, inks, charcoal, pencils .... Art is about the brushes and sponges, the palette knives and the forks, and the cloth, and the fingers, and so much more ... 

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Art is about being curious, about removing the barriers of insecurity, is about building or re-building a relationship with yourself, is about healing the past, about enjoying the NOW and looking at the future with love. 

Most of all ART is about allowing it to be part of your life and listening to the whispers of kindness and compassion and joy .... is about the cocoon of safety and colour where you can step in anywhere, anytime and feel rejuvenated, peaceful, optimistic. 

 

 

 

 

Elisabeth Murdoch said "I always believed that a mother's role, especially to a young adult, is one of kindliness, affection and courage, and perhaps one hopes to inspire them to rise to the best that is in themselves."

I would say that this is the role of a mentor, a teacher, a coach, a friend who really touches your life and changes it forever! 

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I've had the joy of meeting such a person. It is Pauline Agnew. Have a look at her website at www.seedbedstudio.net and learn about the exciting course she has for you starting with January 2013.

Give yourself permission to get in touch with your feelings and express them through art! Do it ..now my darlings! It will be a great way to start a new year!

See you! :) 

 


A slipped disk and Melody Gardot!

End of August ..... for a month I had the feeling that I had travelled back in time ..... a slipped disk knocked me down again, out of the blue, with no mercy. I'm not going to dwell on the pain and what it can do to your mind, body, soul. I'm going to concentrate on something positive.

But first, let's go back in time ...... 3 years ago, late one night, while asking the Universe for healing I came across Kuan-Yin, the goddess of compassion. Her gentle energy is invoked by reiki healers, there are books written about her ...... more but about her in a different blog.

This time, also late at night, when pain scared the sleep away, I came across a programme called "The accidental musician" on Sky Arts. The documentary was about Melody Gardot's journey from pain to success through music. I had no clue who she was at the time but I was mesmerised by the velvety voice, the air of mystery she surrounded herself with. How rewarding was my decision to watch the program, how inspiring and uplifting her story!

  

A car accident (she was knocked down from her bike) shattered her life .... pelvis injuries, spine injuries (she couldn't walk for 2 years), severe head injuries ..... she was only 19.

 

Traumatic as it was, she recognises that if it hadn't been for this her life would have been completely different, far from the music which has saved her life (during her recovery, a doctor suggested music therapy and the fact that it could help reform the pathways between the neurons in her brain and improve her short term memory).

The doctor was right and her recovery spectacular.

You can hear one of her songs (click below) and I'm sure she will impress you as much as she impressed me. I love all of her albums but maybe my favourite is "Worrisome heart".

Her experiences, her attitude towards life, challenges, resonate with me and also it reminds me to search for the silver lining in everything that happens in life!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcebJ37cZKQ

A slipped disk and Melody Gardot!

Believe

The story of this painting is very simple. A few days ago, I was asked whether I would like to donate a painting for an auction organised by a charity helping children suffering from heart problems. It's an honour and a pleasure so I said yes.

OK guys so how do you start? Lots of questions bombarded my conscious mind as the logical brain was already at the wheel trying to give instructions? So, I had to take a deep breath in, slow down and allow my intuition to take over and play for a while with the paints and the brushes. The need for bright, bold and strong colours was overwhelming and I just went with the flow.

Also yesterday, I came across a book called "Heal yourself" by Anne Jones. I knew the name of the author because years ago I was given as a present her first book "The soul connection". A dear friend was signalling in this way that at that time, at the soul level, I was out of alignment. So, I took this as a sign, bought the book and it is now here, on the table, close to me. While flipping through the pages I came across a symbol that caught my attention. I felt that it was a message to me and the symbol is now part of the painting. It was a perfect match to the word "Believe" that was already there, on the paper and a perfect match to my belief that colours heal. So the story behind the painting is my belief that WHAT WE BELIEVE IN, IS VITAL FOR OUR WELLBEING.

Let me tell you what I believe in ......the healing powers of music, storytelling, writing, nature, art..... kindness......

So, may all of the above and more continue to heal the children in need all around the world.

Love and light!

Believe

Believe


Buddha's inspiring words

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A reminder to listen, read, feel and connect with your own intuition. I loved the words below:

" Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in our religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." The Buddha

 

 

If only some of the "brave" orthodox priests of Romania would take the time and have the curiosity to read these words. If only!