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Have been invited to be Theme Speaker at a National Conference in September so suggested participants bring a Journal as we'll be doing some Creative Spirituality Journaling over the weekend. But most don't "journal" yet so don't have a Journal. What did I do but suggest they get a small group together and I'd teach them how to create a simple Journal! Huh? Problem was - I'd never made a Journal. But, thanks to Bev Allen for her encouragement from afar, now I have. I'm calling it the Pocket Journal : one signature, leather cover, embellishments if desired, really simple to make and fits in a pocket/purse. ;-) Love the philosophy of little children's book The Little Engine That Could: "I think I can, I think I can - I did!" And, I did… Continue reading… 1 comment

ArtID subscribers are finding their way to the new Facebook group ... "CreativeSpirituality" I've recently created. The rationale for the group: I believe that we have all been gifted with creativity in some way and that all people have a spiritual component to their humanity. While I wouldn't self-define as a watercolourist, painter, sculptor, fibre artist, calligrapher, dancer, architect, photographer, singer, quilter etc., I would self-define as a CreativeSpirituality Artist - a coined phrase to describe the connection between creativity and spirituality as expressed in my artistic endeavours. Fascination with the connection between art and soul resulted in the birth of "Soulistry" (Artistry of the Soul ... www.soulistry… Continue reading… 0 comments

I've just returned from setting-up my first showing of the Soulistry "MirrorMeditations." What a morning! The local library gifted local artists with an invitation to hang their artwork for a full month last fall. At that time, a conversation began within me --- Do you consider yourself to be an artist? if so --- will you accept this invitation? If so ... what will you hang/show? ... how much will you price each item? ... what will you 'name' each piece? ... are the MirrorMeditations "art" or is the library expecting watercolour/oil/acrylic on canvas/paper? The questions I've had since the possibility entered my thoughts last fall have been endless… Continue reading… 1 comment

Presents - or Presence?

by junemaffin , December 20, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: art, creative, gift, soulistry, spirituality

The busyness of life grabs at us ___ the anxiety produced by the seemingly never-ending economic woes with predictions of recession and depression scream at us on the evening news. No time. No energy. No creative juice. No zest for life. ___What__™s the balance?___ Maybe it__™s in giving ourselves permission to be a human ___be-ing___ rather than a human ___do-ing… Continue reading… 0 comments

Sunny

by junemaffin , September 14, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: art, artistic, creative, encouragement, self-growth, spiritual growth

Sunny. It__™s a name that suits my friend well. Her easy, friendly manner encourages smiling responses in those she meets. Her patient, open acceptance of others, her loving nature and grace blesses those who encounter her. She brings sunshine in her very step. Yes, Sunny is well named. Each time I encounter Sunny, I find myself learning something because Sunny is a gifted teacher who by example, teaches a simple lesson: ___Take each day as it comes, appreciate it as gift and play a little!___ Sunny embodies the saying of the Jewish Rabbi, Joshua Heschel, who wrote that ___Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy___ and she points to the truth of the saying that ___Yesterday was the past. Tomorrow is the future… Continue reading… 0 comments

For decades I have wanted to do calligraphy. Too timid to buy a real calligraphy pen holder and nib - thinking only 'real calligraphers' used them - calligraphy fountain pens and felt markers were purchased. I tried them (once), but could never get the 'thin' and 'thick' lines or write words that looked anything like what I saw in books etc. When a friend suggested I take a calligraphy class, I was ready, willing to try and learn about one of the visual arts. I was determined to have fun and not focus on the end-product in comparison with others in the class. Maybe, just maybe, I could learn to do calligraphy for my "Soulistry ArtCards". Some say that calligraphy is easy. Some say it__™s difficult. I say it__™s fun ..… Continue reading… 0 comments

The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu was reputed to have said ___Nurturing your love is like tending a small garden. If you keep pulling up the plants to see if the roots are growing, you will not harvest anything.___ Over the years, I have come to recognize the importance of self-nurture and that regardless of what/who the ___love__™ is (Lao Tzu__™s quote), when we care for and encourage the growth and development (of another, ourselves, our art, our vocation), the result is self-nurture. How often have I said/thought ___I__™m not an artist.___ ___I can__™t draw.___ ___I can__™t ______ only to realize that the more emphasis I put on the negative, the less likely it would be that I would cultivate my artistic and creative soul… Continue reading… 1 comment

Spirituality. It__™s a word that evokes a variety of responses, not the least of which is a belief that unless one is religious and connected to a particular religion, they__™re not spiritual. And yet, for centuries, writers have expressed the opinion that religion is not a necessary component of spirituality but that being in touch with one's creative / artistic self, is… Continue reading… 1 comment