Monday, September 17, 2007

Playing with Inspiration and Links

Playing with ArtRage

from Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller's newsletter:

"You are told a lot about education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if perfection is never found in the outside object or event? What if it can only exist in the mind and the attitude of the person who looks?

So I'm starting to play with the ArtRage 2.5 paint program thanks to my good buddy jaihn. Are you looking for a clean, easy to use, reasonably priced paint program for your computer? (free-$25) jaihn pointed this one out previously but they've upgraded themselves and it is FUN. And you can go back and forth between ArtRage and Photoshop so there are no worries there. This paint program lets you "paint" with oils, sketch with pencils, sprinkle glitter, paint with gold leaf, silver foil, and other metallic colors. You can even load jpg photos as Tracing Images to help you recreate them as paintings, or just play with them.

jaihn also sent this link for some not your run of the mill icons.

And Adela has been busy collecting portals of delight. She gets a newsletter from Michael Neill and in the September 10, 2007 issue he has an article on ANGLING FOR HAPPINESS which is adapted from his book "Feel Happy Now!", coming from Hay House in January '08.

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due
to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you
have the power to revoke at any moment."
-Marcus Aurelius

When I ask people what causes stress in their lives, they are
often quick to come back with a litany of stories about external
events ranging from lack of money to problems at work to
arguments with loved ones at home.

But in fact, all stress is caused internally by only one thing -
resisting reality. Without a story that says things should be
other than the way that they are, we could not experience any
emotional stress.

Think about it - does a stick floating down a river feel stress?
No - it flows wherever the water takes it. No story, no stress.
How does a plane fly faster and faster through the sky? By
adjusting its wing configuration to minimize resistance. Less
resistance, more speed (and less stress on the engines and
Today's Experiment:

1. Think of a situation you have been finding stressful. If you
knew it was completely up to you, how would you choose to be in
relation to that situation today? Happy? Strong? Curious?
Loving? Accepting?

2. On a piece of paper, make a list of all the ways this
situation is "bad for you" Now turn the paper over and make a
list of at least as many ways in which the situation could be
seen as "good for you."

Take a look at each side of the paper in turn and notice how you
feel. Whose side are you going to take? Which way are you
going to choose to see the situation?

3. When you have decided how you want to be in yourself and how
you want to see the situation (i.e. you have chosen your "angle
of approach"), choose whether or not to take action to change
it at this time. If you do decide to take action, do it within
the next 24 hours if at all possible.

Have fun, learn heaps, and stress less!
Adela also sent these links:


Resilience and Art; the big pink bunny suit (explanation attached).

Retreats to renew the spirit, reawaken senses and create space to simply "be".

Visual joy and renewal; Julie's Magic Light Show.

and The Cheerful Eye.

And from the Super Hero Journal:

Inspiring photography:
Phil Borges Photography

Resilience and Cancer:

Thanks all!

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