“Healing hearts/ Helende hjerter” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr. For sale.
Text in the painting reads:
“IN THE QUIET SPACES LIVES JOY – CREATIVITY – CONNECTION + CARE.
HEALING OF OUR HEARTS.”
When we want something with our will and act on it, we create a direction, a movement. Directions and movements are powerful; they can move mountains and people. They can create the wildest new things and tear the old and dusty down to pieces. They can leave their mark and shape the world.
Directions can also clash. When two wills headed in opposite directions collide, conflicts can arise. And it is often worst when the two wills thought they were going to the same place. And bang, they collide, abruptly stopped. And get angry with each other, for no one likes being stopped in their progress.
And out there in the land of wills and actions, where everything is directions and creating power, it is often difficult to resolve this conflict.
It actually CAN´T be resolved from that place; the two wills are already moving in two different directions. Each of them of in their full right to do so. It takes strength to move mountains, all power needed. So the only focus there is room for in the country of wills and directions are often: That mountain has to be moved! And so, the two wills collide like two angry bulls ready for battle. And I have yet to meet anyone who has successfully coached two angry bulls into happily grazing side by side.
To resolve the conflict, we must sidestep and be silent. Completely quiet. So quiet that we can listen above and below and right into the middle of the very core of life. So quiet that we can hear the earth below us, with all the layers of primeval history. So we catch the universal melody of the past and future and endless possibilities in one. So quiet that we just ARE, without needing to move anywhere, because everything is right here and always have been. So quiet that we ARE love.
In love, it is not just possible, but completely natural that there is room for several directions at once. In love, coexistence is a wonderful opportunity to honor our differences while we create and contribute with each our bit to the world. Even when it’s hard and it looks like what we want are opposites, each of us can continue to live and act without being stopped by someone who want something seemingly different. Deeply rooted in love.
Do we need to enter a meditation room or a monastery to be quiet for hours or days every time there is a conflict? For God´s sake, NO, certainly not! The silence of love is timeless. For some it works to practice in a monastery or a meditation room. Personally I love to practice this healing quietness when I paint and create things. It is a state that works through us, and it doesn´t take more than a tiny moment to create a healing difference in a conflict. As lont as that moment springs from the love in a quiet heart.
Is it easy? NO! (permission granted to shout from your lungs full volume!)
Is it possible? Yes it is. (said with quiet wonder, like when you are unsure whether it is a lark you can see in the sky, and just have come to agree with yourself that “yes, it is”.)
With big love, from a sometimes frowning bullhead with an also soft and quiet heart.
Anyone needs a hug today? Here´s a serving for you!
It is so much easier to relax and be ourselves when we feel loved just as we are in the middle of our ordinary everyday life. And more YOU being yourself = more of your brilliance for the world, and oh does the world need it!
Not the big X factorly brilliance we often call success, even though that can be enticing and sometimes even deep and brilliant in it´s own way.
But the more quiet brilliance. The brilliance of being just like you are, shining with that, sharing that with the people you have daily encounters with. Sharing what you truly love, with love. Seing with love. Seing really, deeply. Love moves away so many obstacles, effortlessly like the sun melts the snow. And a hug is a wonderful transporter of love. And the quiet everyday messages of love to yourself. Perhaps it´s time to make a wonderful cup of tea and recall your appreciation for YOU. Your struggles. Your willingness to keep trying. Your brave heart that refuses to grow hard and continues to search for understanding and love even when it is tough or takes time.
You are SO brave for trying!
PS: The photo: “A hug in a mug” is available as A4 print HERE and also in double size (A3) HERE – along with many other prints, posters & cards. You can browse the richly filled shop RIGHT HERE
PPS: when searching for a video on forgiveness yesterday, I came across THIS HEARTMOVING TALE, in case you need it. xX
(Sharing a moment: paper, acrylics and lace, available as print)
Of course I love you!
PAPER, you are the kindest, inspiring and very flexible friend. A true servant at heart and at the same time you have a way of glowing and owning your own beauty whether you are dressed up in fancy patterns, or worn and turned yellow from age. You are a beautiful soul in so many ways, connected to the planet through the growing trees you came from. Yes, I love you!
Here are some glimpses that tell the story of the two of us and why I fell in love….
Morning after morning you supported me when I wrote my morning pages and drank my coffee. Patiently you held my thoughts without judgement, good, bad, boring or bursting with inspiration. For that I am utterly grateful.
(Coffee and flowers are also important, signed prints here)
When I re-found my courage to create art from the heart you played a big role. You offered so many great starts on the canvas with your wonderful patterns and colors. Your beauty gave me a kickstart, and off we went together. And that has been the biggest joy.
(Circus of Balance, prints here)
And now we have entered a new level of connection: we are in business together!!!
Cards, prints, posters and calendars are created from you in thousands of copies. I appreciate the production partnership with you so much, it is a truly exiting journey!
(Wall Calender 2014, now sold out, but we´ll make a new one next year, you and I….)
But don´t think for a moment that that makes me take you for granted. Still, what I love the most, is sitting down just you and me, watching and feeling your beautiful structure with my hands whilst creating something new. You are a true creative servant.
(Above: card from Paperchase, arrived from a dear friend in my mailbox one day)
Dear gentle, faithful Paper, thank you so much for being part of my life!
Love from Lise.
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“Slow down – let passion find you”, print available HERE.
When I want more passion in life, I know I´ll have to take the time to do things that are inviting for passion. And like a small child, passion will try to escape if I try to order it to play at a certain time and way. I may be looking for passion in life in general, in my worklife, in my friend-life or love-life. Passion needs to be courted, invited, tempted to come play. And one of the best ways I have found to invite passion is to slow down and let passion get a chance to find me….by doing something it can recognize, something simple that I love – perhaps going for a walk, bringing home spring branches to pop or taking a bath!
As part of inviting creative inspiration into my life, I make “Creative quickie” pages in a journal I keep just for that. The idea is to make something quick and fun, that doesn´t have to BE “anything”. I often end up loving these pages a lot, simply because no pressure were involved, only play!
The one above reads: “Slow down so that passion can join the train, and together you may go on a journey that will take you much further than if you travelled alone. Let passion join the journey!”
Yes, let´s allow passion to join the journey today by slowing down and doing one simple thing we love doing! I would love to know what your favourite slowing down activity is…..please!?