Cheerio, Art Lovers!
in the world that the ripple effect doesn't
Positive or negative. Good attitude or bad attitude.
Frustration or exhilaration. Love or hate. Smiling
at others or looking the other way.
know that when we toss a stone into a body of water
the ripple effect can be seen immediately. And yet,
a small change in one place may cause a
much larger change in another place with potentially
far-reaching effects whether its seen immediately
we focus our energy towards constructing a passionate
meaningful life, we are tossing a pebble into the
world, creating a beautiful ripple effect, of inspiration.
When one person follows a dream, tries something
new or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels
that energy and before too long they make their
own daring leaps and inspire yet another circle."
Christine Mason Miller (Artist, writer, explorer)
have been reminded recently that there is also in fact darkness
and evil in the world and it also influences ripple
Plans are made, schemes are put in place, agendas are
built to take advantage and simply to take control over
and attempt to confound what is good. Hence why we must always be on our
guard and stand at gate of what we do and don't
allow into our lives.
internal "knower" is programmed to
sense the difference between what is good and what is
not good. Unless of course we shush its voice and turn
up the volume of what surrounds us so as to not ever
hear the silence. Then before we know it we are
surrounded by darkness and don't even know how we got
there in the first place.
and quiet can be scary if we haven't heard or felt that
in a while. Time alone with ourselves with no noise
of any kind? A challenge I have attempted a few times
myself is to sit in a chair or on the couch in
silence for 15 minutes. Just you, alone with
no activity just sit there. You wouldn't think this
would be all that difficult. Try it. At least
for myself, this was a litmus test for just how good
(or not-so-good) I am at honoring silence. The first time I tried this
I found myself watching nearly every minute tick off
art is a way to express oneself and the creativity
that comes from within. I've heard so many artists
say they don't have the time to paint. Yet I contend
that (since I do this too!) it's more to do with
the struggle to quiet the noise and honor the silence
are inundated with television, Internet, music, Ipods,
smartphones, podcasts, etc. But when was the last time
we went to the park and simply sat still on a bench
overlooking the lake?
contend the ripple effect from embracing this part
of ourselves might be far-reaching and just might inspire
us to take the first step in trying something new
or following a dream we've been yearning for
for a very long time. At the very least, it will tune
our internal knower to hear more clearly the goodness
that exists deep inside us all.
and togetherness to all,