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This is the denotative meaning of the word beautiful.Does this definition say anything about size? NO.It just goes to show how turned around views are of the term beautiful. This definition says nothing about there being limits on beauty. It can be inside, outside, here, there, everywhere. You are beautiful, we are beautiful, every single person is beautiful in some way, shape, or form.
so my question is: What doesbeautiful mean to you?
Do you know how amazing you are?
You're more than just age,
Or an hourly wage,
You're more than your email address.
You're not just some size,
Or the shape of your thighs,
Or the make of the car you possess.
You're not just your PIN,
Or the shade of your skin,
Or the place you were born,
or the date.
You're not your IQ,
Or the width of your shoe,
Your zip code, your height,
or your weight.
It's not who you know
Or the money you owe,
Your blood type or cereal brand.
You can't be defined
By your zodiac sign,
Or the lines in the palm of your hand.
You're much too complex
For just race, creed, or sex,
You're wonderfully multi-dimensional.
With a fabulous mind
And a spirit that's quite unconventional!
That makes you a treasure
Which cannot be measured
With numbers or checks on a chart.
You're truly tremendous, amazing, stupendous!
Believe it with all of your heart!
Sometimes we don't want to write, we don't want to paint, we don't want to take pictures...sometimes we get stuck and don't know what to do for fun anymore.When life gets glum and leaves you feeling lost and consumed by your thoughts, worries etc. one can find themselves loosing motivation, failing to see the beauty of life. Now this obviously isn't the answer to resolving one's concerns...but I thought it would be nice to put the idea of recreating something new out of the old out there. Sometimes we buy things to fill a void, to make us feel better, but the feeling is always temporary. Instead of spending it can be quite the interesting turnout to create something ourselves. Either something that inspired us and we know with just a little effort we can transform our former into something similar, or something completely different! One doesn't even need to have a set idea, just go with the flow and let your mind take you into a fun and therapeutic mode of being. It might just leave you feeling proud and inspired.
Poetry can be a good way to tap into the emotions one is currently feeling. When all seems to be boiling up inside and journaling is just not something you want to do at the moment, maybe poetry can lend a helping hand. We can all play with words, we can all create poetry. The point is not to try an attain perfection or make each line rhyme, but rather have your unique expression come through. Poetry can spark imagination, it can both heal and lead into something that will help take away focus from the current thoughts that trouble you. I do not mean "take away" in the sense of blocking out the emotions, we all know that doesn't work, and for those who think it does...it will catch up to you. What I actually mean is that what fees like a block out is unconsciously being worked on through the use of this exercise; it is in-directly associated with that which impedes your thoughts, thus healing one's wounds. One can be as creative as they choose- having soothing music playing in the background, creating a painting out of your poem or a dance, creating a poem book etc. Be as free as you want, let your body and soul loose...let them dance and sing the song of poetry.
Remember that writing can reveal things deeply buried in your unconscious, but don't over think it, just write. Poetry of course is just one form of writing, journaling is a fantastic way to uncover your thoughts as well. One can also choose to write in the form of music lyrics or through the creation of a blog. Explore the possibilities and you may come to discover some newfound talents!
~Crafting the raw material gives a shape and purpose to life, base metal is turned to gold.
In poetry, anything goes on paper.
All the rules that apply in waking life are thrown out the window.
A writer can capture an entire generation or era in a single line of poetry.
Poetry can cover emotion, history, relationships, logic, learning, and a myriad other things.
Poetry has no bounds, like the universe or love.
Poetry has limitations in traditions, but in theory there are no rules.
Poetry can be a way of communicating with God, or any other religious entity in the world's myriad of belief systems.
Poetry is a universal form of connection with other minds.
Poetry is divine.
Poetry is a way to communicate, self express, differentiate, unify, self-assert.
Poetry has no city limits, like the universe or love.
Poetry is succinct, charged, compact, and usually laced with intoxicating concepts.
I have provided links into the world of poetry, enjoy! :)
Art Therapy - it is the changes in your body when you become completely absorbed in creating...a form of meditation. Every form of art can be a form of therapy- writing, poetry, song, music, dance, painting (with fingers-sponges and carved potatoes if you like), stenciling, tracing, drawing, crafting, cooking, sewing, scrapbooking, woodburning, photography, video, performing, comedy, and website design -these are just some examples. Explore your medium. Let yourself go, you will be attracted to what will give you satisfaction.
Our bodies need to heal and they do this best when in a state of deep relaxation. Together or apart, art and music can bring the body into its natural state of balance and harmony, so it can best do what it was meant to do. Many of us, when creating, become so absorbed that we fall naturally into that "altered" state. It reveals the sub-conscious mind, exposing the emotions that we were not ready to face or couldn't yet express consciously. The images in paintings, drawings etc. can be seen as some sort of code- kind of like dreams, a deeper expression.
Sometimes words limit us, sometimes there are no words for the emotions we feel, sometimes our grief or anger is so deep that we subconsciously block the expression of it for fear it will overwhelm us. Using art is a way to get there, to naturally heal, to refuse the ego's interference. Once we can see it, then we can begin to understand it, and our relationship to it is altered. Let art be your souls way of speaking.
Edvard Munch said:
"We want more than a mere photograph of nature. We do not want to paint pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls. We want to create, or at least lay the foundations of, an art that gives something to humanity. An art that arrests and engages. An art created of one's innermost heart."
-He paints, or rather regards, things in a way that is different from that of other artists. He sees only the essential, and that, naturally, is all he paints. For this reason Munch’s pictures are as a rule ‘not complete’, as people are so delighted to discover for themselves. Oh, yes, they are complete. His complete handiwork. Art is complete once the artist has really said everything that was on his mind, and this is precisely the advantage Munch has over painters of the other generation, that he really knows how to show us what he has felt, and what has gripped him, and to this he subordinates everything else.
Even though we did not discuss Edvard Munch and his works in class, his words had a profound impact on me and my journey this semester. I myself had not heard of him before the start of the term, or even after weeks into it, but when I was finally introduced- a greeting long overdue, I was overcome with the strangest feeling. You see, when I choose to do my action project- self-expression of emotions onto canvas, I was unable to formulate words to describe what I truly meant. No matter how hard I tried to describe it to others, the way I felt just couldn't be translated. And so when I discovered this brilliant man I was overwhelmed with gratitude, he worded so fluidly what I kept failing to find words for. I was not only glad to find stubble upon the words of a man who knew exactly how I felt, but I was ecstatic and thankful to see that someone had spread the word, had passed on valid and influential information for current and all generations to come.
Give yourself the freedom to express what's inside you. Everyone has healing to do, there is a way out, but first one must revisit and recount the problem, not so as to stay stuck in it, but as a way to release yourself from it.
A formed list of ideas that may help one throughout their journey:
-Taking on visual arts -- drawing, painting, pastels, clay, photography, crafts, collages (using found objects, pictures from magazines, art materials, etc.)
-Performance arts -- acting, singing, dance, improvisation, stand-up comedy, playing an instrument
-Writing -- essays, short stories, monologues, poetry, music, plays, letters (not necessarily to be sent)
-Journaling -- either words or art (or both)
-Meditate -- through drawing, painting, sound (music, chanting, drumming), movement (tai chi is a form of moving meditation)
So if you find yourself in physical or emotional pain, if you're stressed at the end of your work day, if you're going through a difficult time, don't let the tensions build up. Use the art form of your choice and express your feelings, release the pain. Let the art heal you. Use it on a regular basis as "preventive medicine." It may sound too simple or easy, but it works, and we even have the scientific studies to assuage the skeptic in you. So, go . . . Create! Heal!- Elissa Ruccia
Enhancing Creativity Through Exploration
There are times in your creative life when your ideas seem stale. It's "same ol' same ol'," and nothing you come up with seems to excite you. You need some new inspiration. A great way to prime the pump is to go exploring.
One of the prominent qualities of inventors is their curiosity -- their drive to search, to know more, to take things apart and see how they tick. By exploring, you can stretch your imagination and vision, find new ideas and give new life to old ones.
-Take a walk through familiar places, but this time, take the time to stop and really look. Engage all your senses. Notice the sounds, the smells. Touch things, feel the textures. Try a food you've never tried before. If you're in the city, look at the buildings above eye level. You'll find lots of interesting architectural designs, old signs or carvings in the facade, the odd gargoyle, and perhaps some interesting characters hanging out the windows shouting to the neighbors. Bring along the video camera and record what you see.
-Explore parts of your town that you don't usually go to. What do you see? How does it make you feel to be there? Is there a reason you avoid this area, or is a place you'd want to come back to?
-Hang out in a public place -- perhaps the park or a coffee bar -- and talk to people. Hear their stories. Ask questions. Do more listening than talking.
-Take a nature walk, but bring along a magnifying glass or loupe. A flower or leaf is a completely different experience seen close up.
-When you're going about your daily chores, change your routine or take a different route. Stay aware, rather than going on automatic pilot, and see what you discover.
-If you have a broken or outdated appliance, take it apart to see what's inside, what interesting shapes and textures you might find. If you're doing collage, you might even want to incorporate a few of the pieces!
-Get on the Internet and just follow links to see where they lead you.
-Spend some time without a schedule. Take off your watch. Spend a day or a week going where your heart leads you. Follow your eyes, your ears, your nose -- kind of like hyperlinking *without* the Internet. Be willing to go down a dead end and turn around.
-Explore using a different art form than usual. If you're a painter, photograph. If you're an actor, sketch. Write stories about your explorations. Experiment with sound and movement. Take an improvisation class. Get your hands in some clay.
-Visit museums, historic sites and even theme parks. You can pick up the feel of a particular location or period that you can use in your writing, acting, painting. As you walk through the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, or the Temple of Dendor at the Metropolitan Museum, you can imagine what it might have been like to live among these structures. In an ancient graveyard, speculate on who the people were and what their lives were like. At the natural history museum, picture yourself coming face to with a dinosaur. Browse the art museum and put yourself in Monet's gardens, at the ballet with Degas, or spending Sunday afternoon on the Isle of Grand Jatte with Seurat.
--When we're trying to create with a deadline, we can become stifled in our creativity. And there are times when we're simply bored with what we've been doing. Exploring is a great way to open up new avenues and bring a breath of fresh air to your work and your life.
*My every thought, word, and deed expresses my inner potential for greatness.
In my mind's eye I see myself surrounded with the light and power of greatness. I imagine this dynamic energy flowing through my mind, emotions, and physical body. I see myself thinking great thoughts, feeling great emotions, and doing great deeds. For a moment I imagine what my life would be like as I express my inner greatness in every thing I do. On my mental screen I see myself celebrating with my friends the greatness of life being expressed in all of us. I combine these images with joy and let them go, knowing that they will create the good things I am visualizing and thinking.
Reiki helps to harmonize body, mind and spirit for yourself or anyone you want to help!
- Promotes natural self-healing
- Balances the energies in the body
- Balances the organs and glands
- Strengthens the immune system
- Treats symptoms and causes of illness
- Relieves pain
- Clears toxins
- Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver
- Enhances personal awareness
- Relaxes and reduces stress
- Promotes creativity
- Releases blocked and suppressed feelings
- Aids meditation and positive thinking
- Heals holistically