What would you call someone who would give you the shirt off his back, even if it was a favorite shirt, just because ? I call it beyond generous... In my case, Mr. Win gave me the handles off the front door to his house. After traveling by horse-cart to the ancient ruins of Ava, in Mandalay, I told him I wanted to find a pair of old rustic handles for my new meditation garden in California. He took me to many antique shops in the late afternoon and we found nothing.
Mr. Win then made a long call on his cell phone. On the drive back to my hotel, he asked if we could stop at his home, where he lived with his sister and parents. “It would only take a minute, he insisted.” His sister greeted me with 2 rosewood hand-carved handles fresh off their front door. Mr. Win, beaming brightly, refused any money for the handles. “Please send me a photo when they are on your meditation gates”, he requested as the one thing he asked for in return. Moments after receiving his gift, I took the photograph of him in his modest home. A home now without front door handles.
In the case of Mr. Win, his gift goes beyond generosity and inspires me everyday as I open my meditation gates.
For me, journaling often begins with an image. A drawing a day, changes my life. Widens perception. It just takes a few minutes. The drawing above was from 3 months ago, a complete surprise as it drew itself. My journaling from it was juicy, fresh and unexpected.
This is my drawing from this morning. I use Prisma colored pencils, take less than 5 minutes to draw my image, then date and title it. Afterwards, I let it speak though my journal, usually starting with ” I am _____.” On the left is a 3-ring binder I put my drawings in.
Draw first, then write. It only takes a few minutes and will widen your window of the world. Exercise your creative muscles everyday!
Another Pinterest inspiration today from Unstuck, caught my eye to inspire exercising your creative muscles today.
Giving yourself time today is important. Even if it is only 10 -20 minutes, make a date with your calendar right now. Figure out where you will slip in creative play time in the day today.
Tell me how it goes.
Exercise your creative muscles everyday. Have fun!
Wow, life changes fast. My new business cards arrived in the mail yesterday and now they are already obsolete . My business name has reinvented itself to Change Doctor and I have registered the trademark. I am out of the cocoon that I thought was a butterfly….
So I made lemonade from the lemons. Reinventing one of my old canvas’s ( 12″ by 12″) with 11 of my “old skin”business cards, I added a nautilus shell in the center. Loving Life!
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My imagination went wild this morning when I read this quote by physicist Richard Feynman, “science is imagination in a straitjacket.” Transported into visionary bliss, while reading my new favorite book Hieroglyphic, Stories and Visions for a Better Future, I recalled a vision I had 35 years ago in a near-death experience:
I saw the earth from space and colorful images moved in enormous atmospheric rainbow rivers between separate lands. Then all creatures merged into the fabric of one alive being. I realized I was only a single pore in this global organism. Breathing. Belonging. Blissfully grateful.
Imagining this phenomenal world vision inspires me to help create our upcoming image-based Digital Renaissance. How funny that this beautiful vision was ignited in my imagination this morning by the thought of a straitjacket, confined and limited, yet it took me to a place beyond boundaries. Our new frontier.
No matter where you are today, I would love to know what images are swimming in your imagination this morning and where they are taking you.
BY LINDA MCINTOSH
Lisa Longworth was 19 years old when she found out she had a brain tumor. After seeing 17 doctors in four months, it looked like she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, at best. But instead, she walked away. She was left with a scar and the vivid memory of a near-death experience, where she saw her life in black and white. She tried to tell people about the experience, but they couldn’t understand.
“It took five years to find a language to express it,” Longworth said. That language was art. Art was not new to Longworth. She had designed jewelry since she was in junior high school and ran a successful business selling it.
But when she returned to study art, she had a different goal. “I was lacking that deeper fire within, but then I found that the symbols in art were like a language and I was on fire,” Longworth said. “Art is a language that can help people stay connected with who they are.”
Longworth wanted to pass along what she learned and help others tap into their creativity. After graduating with a degree in fine art from UCSD, she earned a masters and doctorate in psychology and started her career in counseling.
Now 25 years later, Longworth has a private practice in Solana Beach, and has counseled thousands of patients using a program she calls, “Cocoon to Butterfly” that combines psychology, creativity and spirituality.
Longworth will provide a taste of the program at a workshop June 12 at Earthsong Bookstore in Del Mar. The free two-hour mini-workshop, “Reclaiming Creativity in Midlife,” will focus on why it’s important to tap into one’s creativity when going through midlife challenges.
“Midlife is a juicy time-a ripe time,” Longworth said. “Just because our bodies might not be the same as in our 20s, doesn’t mean we are going downhill-this is a time we can stop and pursue a deeper spirituality.” Longworth compares it with getting lost and then figuring out a new way to go. “We sometimes get lost in midlife and ask, “Where am I going?”
Longworth’s cocoon-to-butterfly analogy comes from the idea that one has to shed old ways of looking at things to get a fresh perspective on where one is going. “Sometimes we have to shed the way we’ve done things before and shed things we’ve become attached to,” Longworth said. “We are continually moving from cocoon to butterfly-it’s like an awakening,” Longworth said.
Her goal is to guide people in the process. Longworth tells people to trust their intuition and let that guide them, which is one of the ideas she carries from her conversations with Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine and founded the Salk Institute in LaJolla. Starting in the mid-1980s for five years, Longworth mentored with Salk and talked almost daily by phone with him about creativity and intuition.
“One of the things I’m most passionate about that I’ve taken away from our conversations is the power of creativity in humanity’s survival,” Longworth said.
During the workshop, Longworth will offer exercises so participants can tap into their own creativity and intuition as they interact with some of her small sculptures and Floating Paintings, which combine silk, acrylic and mixed media.
“This will be a way for us to clean our lens of perception and open ourselves to creativity,” Longworth said.