“And in her heart she held the bud
Of all that wanted to grow and flourish
When it was time again”
Today, the 21rst of December is winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. From tomorrow the light will slowly return.
Deep secrets are carried under the ground during this time – and the sun, the planets and the stars send their finest energy to help prepare what is happening in the darkness beneath the surface.
It is also in the protective darkness in our mind that new possibilities are born. And our life dreams can too enjoy the fine energy right now.
Protect them well, like the earth protects its seeds. Sit with them, like a witness. Carry them near your heart. Until one day you are ready to let them face the light and begin to shoot where everyone can see them.
Love from Lise.
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PS: The image “Angel of Growth” and many others are available as prints or postcards – you can visit the SHOP HERE)
Here is a small gift to you: Receipe on how to be creative when you don´t have much time for it.
A Creative quickie is a small exercise I invented when I was a new mama to child No. 2, and child No. 1 suffered from a nasty child eczema. My time and energy to be creative was drastically cut down, but the ideas kept coming and I was very frustrated not to have the opportunity to act on them. And that did not help my children.
Perhaps you are in a situation in your life right now, where the energy and time to be creative is not quite as you could wish? Or maybe you just want to learn a nice little exercise that can make even the most stiffened creative juices gently flowing again?
If you have just 5 to 10 minutes, you can make a Creative Quickie like the one you see above. It is a kind of Creativity medicine, recommended in small daily doses. Diminishes frustration about no time to be creative, and opens strengthen inspiration and action.
You will need: a magazine, a piece of white paper, a glue stick, a marker and the will to risk being embarrassing / crazy / too much.
Here is the recipe:
1. Browse a magazine or anything you have with pictures in, that it is OK to cut in and rip out 1 – 3 images that for some reason speak to you. Dont´t try to understand why, just tear them out!
2. Glue them randomly on a blank piece of paper, using a glue stick. I use a notebook without lines, but it could just be any blank piece of paper.
3. Take a deep breath, then write whatever words come to your mind. Can be one word, or several sentences. If you wish, add some doodling. Any writing tool will work, but I love to use a permanent marker so I can also write on the glossy magazine pics. Allow yourself to be a little silly/bold. Enjoy the freedom: no one has to see this, it´s just for you!
That´s it! This way you can create your own little “dream-carrier- pages” and know that in just 10 minutes you have both been creative AND kept your bigger creative dreams alive until one day you will have more undisturbed time and energy to act on them.
Love from Lise
PS: At the summer-painting workshop Talking with trees, there will be lots of little exercises like this. It is possible to rent rooms for overnight accommodation, thus making the workshop your own little creative vacation. Read more HERE
Be gentle – available as signed print, just click the picture…..
BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF
The gentleness you give yourself carefully nourishes your inner willingness to open yourself to life. When you treat yourself gently, your zest for life is allowed to come bubbling like a liberated source from within your own core.
Carefully you are being listened to by the most important person in your life – yourself – and slowly you become open to the dance of life, of sheer pleasure simply because you can and want to. And in that dance lies a great strength.
Willingness to the dance of life can not be stamped out of the ground or planned to the surface (though both stamping and plans have their place in life). The desire to be part of the dance of life must be nurtured from within, with gentleness, good things and much listening – from yourself to yourself.
It is a powerful gift to be gentle with yourself.
Love from Lise.
PS: The image “Be gentle with yourself” is available as A4 signed print HERE. Perhaps you or someone you know would love a this sweet reminder for the wall? As always, I ship worldwide and package with care & creativity so it will indeed feel like a gift when you or your loved ones receive the items at the doorstep.