Creating Big

Sharing a past post that today still rings true for creating, creativity and working with the mandala as an expressive and spiritual art process.  Enjoy!

Within the Circle

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Moving beyond a standard size sheet of paper, going from an 8×8″ paper size to an 24×36″, to create a mandala can be a turn to an unknown world. It stretches our comfort zone. It’s too large, that’s a lot of space to fill, it will take forever, are some of the concerns expressed. Here is an introductory mandala exercise that will ease the jitters of creating large! Mandala Connect-the-Dots. Working with eight or sixteen spokes, the connect-the-dot mandala is designed to act as a guide for drawing, along with allowing for the intuitive process and creativity to flow. Mandala Connect-the-Dots is also for anyone exploring the circle, looking for an expressive art form for meditation, or for creating community connections working together coloring a mandala. Children, teens, adults, watercolors, acrylics, crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

Download Mandala Connect-the-Dots and have the eight or sixteen spoke mandala printed in B/W, 24×36″ at an office supply store such as Home Depot. Here in the U.S. a B/W print is $3.00.

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24×36″ Mandala Connect-the-Dots, sixteen spoke
Mandala drawing connecting the dots with straight and curved lines.
Mandala drawing connecting the dots with straight and curved lines.

Dots to Stars: A creative way to involve young children and teens is to turn the dots into stars! With a colored pencil or marker, draw stars over/on top of the dots. Express the stars free hand or use small star cookie cutters or star templates. Connect the stars to create a personal Star Constellation Mandala.

With Sweet Grace.

Music, Dance & Nature

Trinity for the Arts

Music begins the first time our heart starts beating, then in rhythm with our mothers heart beat. From here on we begin nature’s song and dance with nature and as nature. Sharing videos that express this in a variety of wonderous ways.

Nature is ever-changing through Nature’s Dance, Lena Elboim

My Roots Grow Down through the song and voice of child.

Meaningful connections to nature through Natural Leaders Legacy Camp.

Performance Art with a Feathered Friend

Marie-Laure et Bayo - La Confidence des Oiseaux de Cie Le Guet...
Marie-Laure et Bayo – La Confidence des Oiseaux de Cie Le Guet…

John Sarantos with Native American Flute, Blossoming Seeds
Welcome to Seed to Blossom eCourse.

 

With Sweet Grace.

Creating Big

Within the Circle

mandala

Moving beyond a standard size sheet of paper, going from an 8×8″ paper size to an 24×36″, to create a mandala can be a turn to an unknown world. It stretches our comfort zone. It’s too large, that’s a lot of space to fill, it will take forever, are some of the concerns expressed. Here is an introductory mandala exercise that will ease the jitters of creating large! Mandala Connect-the-Dots. Working with eight or sixteen spokes, the connect-the-dot mandala is designed to act as a guide for drawing, along with allowing for the intuitive process and creativity to flow. Mandala Connect-the-Dots is also for anyone exploring the circle, looking for an expressive art form for meditation, or for creating community connections working together coloring a mandala. Children, teens, adults, watercolors, acrylics, crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

Download Mandala Connect-the-Dots and have the eight or sixteen spoke mandala printed in B/W, 24×36″ at an office supply store such as Home Depot. Here in the U.S. a B/W print is $3.00.

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24×36″ Mandala Connect-the-Dots, sixteen spoke
Mandala drawing connecting the dots with straight and curved lines.
Mandala drawing connecting the dots with straight and curved lines.

Dots to Stars: A creative way to involve children is to turn the dots into stars! With a colored pencil or marker, draw stars over the dots. Connect the stars to create a personal Star Constellation Mandala.

With Sweet Grace.

The Mother Tree

A gift to all children in a story of letting go

The Mother Tree

Mother Tree: Hello Children! Can you feel it? The time has come. Your color is changing and you will soon fly off on your own. Your friend Mother Earth is ready to receive you. It’s OK, she will be your guide through a magical and transformative journey that holds great meaning and purpose. You’ll nourish the earth with new growth as deep rich compost. The same way the children who came before you have done. The animals will play and dance around you. A human child will pick you up and admire your beauty. Every bud that blossoms in the Spring will give thanks for your journey.

Children: But Mother Tree, I am scared to let go. What is it like to fly down to Mother Earth?

Mother Tree: Dear Children, there is nothing to fear. You have many friends along the way supporting you. Your friend Sun provides the light within you that flows with everlasting love. You’ll be carried away by your friend Wind and create an amazing dance together. Wind says there are many ways to fly. Who shall be the first?!

Children: Mother Tree, look at me! I’m twirling! Mother Tree, look at me! I’m floating! Mother Tree, look at me! I’m gliding! Mother Tree, look at me! I’m waltzing! Mother Tree, look at me! I’m circling! Mother Tree, look at me! I’m flying!

 Mother Tree: Know that you are deeply loved my children. Know that you are deeply loved. I love you.

Sunshine Love

Photography and storytelling love to collaborate with each other when it comes to Expressive Arts. For your next creative project, photograph an image, scene or person that interests you and write a short story. Short stories create a moment for taking the next step to longer writings. They make for the perfect daily writing exercise.

With Sweet Grace.

Gems: Becky Jaine

Gems: Soul Sisters & Soul Brothers known for their innate beauty, luminescence, and spectrum of wisdom that touches every one of us.

Following Her Heartpath

Becky Jaine – mother, daughter, wife, sister, writer, facilitator, obsessive lover of nature and our precious planet and us 7 billion humans, and so much more. Where ever she goes, what ever she’s putting her heart into, a beautiful burst of light energy radiates kindness and love. For Becky, life as a human is such a gift.

Becky, originally from England, is based in Raleigh, N.C. with her family. She shares that her children, ages 5, 11 and 12 are her greatest teachers, They are re-teaching me everything I thought I knew about the world, through their reflections and questions like my son’s “What is war?” and my daughters’ “Why do we have war to fight for peace?” I am blessed to be their mother and feel such an awesome responsibility to preserve their spirits. I believe all children are sages. I try to withhold my reasoning and answers to create a space to let them express their own ideas and thoughts.

In 2013 Becky put her beliefs into action creating a program for middle-school-aged girls called Creative GIRL. Four times a year Becky and the girls get together for playshops to paint, write, make things like jewelry and clay, and to focus on kindness: kindness to ones self AND kindness creativity campaigns to make things for strangers. The power of creativity PLUS kindness is world-changing. Just like women, girls too need a safe place to share and shine, and it is an abSOULute pleasure and privilege for Becky to define and offer this program. Becky is very aware that boys need a similar space to honor all they are, but for now, her work is dedicated to women and girls.

Becky recently shared her intentions and inspiration for Creative GIRL in a special format called PechaKucha (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide….go!) that is now available on youtube.

Also in 2013, Becky created a sacred space and time for women to generate self kindness and love through Sacred Kindness Retreats in the NC mountains. She has co-created three of these amazing pilgrimages, with the fourth planned in October 2014. They are joy-filled, creative and loving celebrations of the amazing and diverse women who come. Being an adult does not mean we should play less, Becky feels being an adult means we now have wisdom to guide us into deeper and more powerful play. During the retreats, the women are reminded of their playful nature, and together generate heaps of grown-up JOY!

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Creating these programs and retreats has put Becky on her heartpath. Kindness is her currency. With a new movement taking shape called The Gift Economy, she has created a hybrid version offering her programs for a price with the caveat: If people do not have the financial resources to pay, they can either pay what they can or come without paying anything. The nature of her work develops relationships, so people get to know her and want to reciprocate using their own gifts, responding in support—not only money but perhaps clothes for her children, art supplies, or promoting her work to their friends.

For Becky kindness itself is a practice. She reminds herself that if she does 3 things every day for the next 40 years that will mean 43,800 kind acts. A little every day adds up…even the smallest act changes the world for the better. Becky’s life’s work is to realize her own power and be aware of the ripple effects of her intentions and the choices she makes. Becky expresses, How can I exist and celebrate humanity without compromising Mother Earth? I’m learning…. I want to create opportunities to celebrate us humans and our innate powers and spectacular nature.  Shine on!    

With Sweet Grace.

Stop, Observe, Create

And Be Amazed At What Comes Forth

cabbage prints

I am continually amazed and awed by the shapes, patterns, colors, and textures of fruits and vegetables cut in half. A friend gifted me this particular cabbage and I did not get the chance to enjoy eating it when picked fresh from her farm. While cutting the cabbage, getting it ready for my vermicompost bin, I stopped and observed the beauty graced by nature’s design. Ding, ding, ding, it’s time to create! The paints and paper come out, and I begin print making with the sliced cabbage. This is truly a nature inspired moment filled with curiosity. Oh what fun!

Next time you slice a fruit or veggie in half, be ready. You may be struck with a “I gotta act on this” moment. Have your paints and paper near by. You never know where your imagination will take you.

Nature’s Sweet Grace.

Small Acts of Kindness

   A Legacy to His Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

Over the last several years I have witnessed my dad in action delivering small acts of kindness to those around him. –– For Sunday evening meals I, and other family members, have the pleasure of getting together with my dad. When he sees a family with young children in the restaurant, on our way out he’ll make sure to tell them they are a nice look’n family. –– When at a doctor’s appointment, he tells the nurses and doctors that they are nice people and they do good work. –– When greeting the staff where he lives he let’s them know they do a fine job caring for him. ––  Always kinds words and a Thank You to his family during our time together. 

His small acts of kindness are occasionally accompanied by light-hearted kid’n around. He always tells me, “I like kidding around and I like to be kidded back.”

On our last outing I asked my dad if he could go anywhere in the world, where would it be. He replied, ” I’m happy right where I’m at, I don’t need to go anywhere. I am happy.”

In essence, each act of kindness is an expression of his heart’s pleasure. My dad sees the good in all. He is happy.

Nature’s Sweet Grace.