Holistic Wellness & Creativity
Stress and lifestyle choices are key contributing factors to chronic illness. 6 in 10 adults in the United States have a chronic health condition, and 4 in 10 adults have two or more. We can take actions not only for prevention but to support the healing process. Besides stress and lifestyle, there is an even more critical ingredient to our wellbeing: how we think, feel, and act determines the outcome. If you are on a quest of healing, seeking answers, and searching for understanding, please read on…
Only two days left until we dive into the 7-day Visual Journaling Adventure. I held the very first Facebook Live Video session on Friday in the closed Facebook Group where we will meet. There were some interesting glitches (the image was rotated 90 degrees) but...
Quite some time ago one of the cashiers at the local co-op asked me, “How is life treating you?” I was surprised by receiving such interestingly phrased question. After my initial shock, I answered with a definite “Life is treating me well” accompanied with a big smile on my face. I have contemplated on his question quite often ever since and came to the following understanding:
Have you ever done something that you didn’t want to because you couldn’t say no?
I have. Many times. I felt that I was forced to do things that I didn’t agree with. I felt that I didn’t have the courage to say no, and I had to comply no matter what. I was afraid of the consequences of saying no: punishment, rejection and not being loved. As physical symptoms, tightness, short of breath, pain, and heaviness were attached to that fear. The debilitating feeling of not having choices, and being trapped was my everyday company, until I said, “Enough.”
I spent last Friday’s Intuitive Painting time in an intimate setting. Susanna was surprised when she found out that she was the only participant. A two-hour Intuitive Painting with exclusive guidance, attention, and love. What a gift! Intuitive Painting is a one-of-a-kind experience. If you ever decide to give this unique class a go, I will welcome you with an open heart. ღ
I’m delighted I took Viktoria’s Intuitive Painting class. It’s not something I would normally do. Quite the opposite. I challenged Viktoria. “If I create something that doesn’t make me want to throw up, I’ll promote your work.” Since I might even frame and hang my painting, I am eager to do anything I can to make sure more people have the opportunity to take this class. It is truly healing.
One day while meditating, I found myself in a beautiful art room with a large canvas, a magic paintbrush, and hundreds of different colors. As I was experimenting with the colors, gorgeous images came to life. I will always remember this amazing experience that inspired me to explore painting outside of my meditations, using “real” tools.
Intuitive Painting is the activity that allows you to look at and express the world within by painting a picture. It doesn’t matter what the outcome is because the journey is what’s important. As a result, both the experience and the painting will be one of a kind!