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10 Ways Drawing Can Relieve Stress & Inspire Wonder. Looking for ways to be calmer, happier and more centered? The answer could lie in the pages of a sketchbook. As someone who knows the positive effects drawing can bring to anyone's life, I'd like to share some reasons drawing is a great activity to promote relaxation and help you lead a happier life. 1. You'll reconnect with your playful spirit.

Many people drew and painted as kids, without worrying about talent or the quality of the final product. 2. Drawing isn't a mysterious matter of God-given talent. 3. Making art stops time. 4. Life is just a long succession of small epiphanies. 5. Many people are tempted to avoid doing things they can't do well. 6. Draw with a child, and draw with crayons, tempera, pastels and finger paints. 7. But it's beautiful. 8. When you draw, you enhance your memory. 9. You will never be bored or waste time again. 10. At my drawing school, we encourage students to post their work online.

Photo Credit: Stocksy, Lyn Cohen. 11 tips to help your creativity explode. “You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” —Galileo Galilei 1. Try looking through a different lens (lots of them) both figuratively and literally. 2. 3. 4. 5. Find an artist that is alive, one that is dead and one that you know. “Creativity is just connecting things. 6. 7. 8. “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. 9. 10. 11. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Read More: >> Mystical love. >> Sage Parenting.

Co-founder and Editor of Rebelle Society (you are here). More Rebelle... 14 Tidbits to stir in your Coffee (or Tea) when the Sloth visits. I am not depressed but more like selectively choosing not to engage in a dramatic affair with life. I call it my inner sloth. Seasonal changes are like a giant toggle switch: I gather energy in spring and summer. By fall, I filter out the debris and prepare to slip into hibernation. I’m getting ready for winter. I aim to seek balance though, as I dip a bit deeper into the long midnight blues. Meanwhile, my mind and body don’t do well from constant inertia. It’s a lesson of self-love versus judging myself harshly; a perpetual cognitive awareness to balance my needs. 14 tidbits to stir in your coffee (or tea) when the sloth visits. #1. . #2. “Be not the slave of your own past. . #3. . #4. . #5. . #6. . #7. She had to breathe in peace, for in peace she found the quiet solitude her heart had been aching for.

. #8. . #9. “And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.”~ Paulo Coelho #10. . #11. . #12. . #13. And above all…. #14. Can’t Meditate? Here’s Why You Should Try Art! The Challenge: We all have moments when we feel overwhelmed by our emotions.The Science: Creating art leads to surprising benefits for body and mind.The Solution: Make time for creativity to significantly improve your life! Why Art is a Guarantee to Sanity Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do so! Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings. “Art is a guarantee to sanity,” said Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist who died in 2010 at the age of 98.

She even went on to add, “(…) this is the most important thing I have said.” For Bourgeois, Art — making Art — was a tool for coping with overwhelming emotion. Art therapy has a healing effect for a variety of ailments (depression, trauma, illness, etc.) and is effective across age, gender or ethnicity. 1. 2. 3. 4. Signing you up! Enjoy This Article? Coletterie. Whether you are a seasoned sewist or still learning, you may experience something I call DIY Anxiety from time to time. Symptoms of DIY Anxiety include, but are not limited to: cold sweats, yelling at inanimate objects, reverting to childhood behaviors, and fabric-related nightmares. Loved ones may become concerned when you are found crying on a pile of what was supposed to be a pencil skirt. Today, we have a guest post from Annaliese Fidgeon, a sewist who lives in Seattle and blogs at a devoted novice. Annaliese had some great advice for those who feel like they’re losing steam with their sewing, and I wanted to share it with you today.

Fortunately, DIY Anxiety can be prevented with self-awareness and discipline. Not enjoying yourself? Think I was joking about the crying bit above? I suspect most crafters cry at some point during a project. On top of that, we’re inundated with images of flawless homes, crafts, and meals from lifestyle blogs, the Food Network, and Pinterest. P.S. Outrageously Alive: The Art of letting life chew you up & spit you back into the cosmos.

By Anna Mattinger. If art reflects life, then there seems little point in a life spent blocked off, tucked away from experience. So many of the artists I know sacrifice those unified experiences life has to offer in the name of making time for their art. They skive off personal connections, they avoid adventures, they stifle too much movement or activity, and they become perpetual homebodies, because they need to live within an incubator so they will have time to fiddle around ceaselessly, honing their skills or scrounging for materials… And the result is kitsch – aesthetics-driven art that appears to carry some weight at first glance. Preachy-pulp-fiction-pop-culture-palatable writing. Technical writing, when people write about something they have no personal interaction with, because they read, and they think, and for many that is enough to replace firsthand experience.

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The Difference Between Routine and Ritual: How to Master the Balancing Act of Controlling Chaos and Finding Magic in the Mundane. By Maria Popova “The wonder of life is often most easily recognizable through habits and routines.” William James, at the dawn of modern psychology, argued that our habits anchor us to ourselves. As someone equally fascinated by the daily routines of artists and with their curious creative rituals, and as a practitioner of both in my own life, I frequently contemplate the difference between the routine and ritual, these two supreme deities of habit.

They seem to be different sides of the same coin — while routine aims to make the chaos of everyday life more containable and controllable, ritual aims to imbue the mundane with an element of the magical. The structure of routine comforts us, and the specialness of ritual vitalizes us. This equipoise of routine and ritual is, to me, one of the essential balancing acts of life — not unlike that of critical thinking and hope, or form and freedom.

Here’s the true secret of life: We mostly do everything over and over. Donating = Loving. A Sacred Journey - spirituality and intention in travels and daily life. The One True Thing About the Perfect Valentine’s Date | UnTangled. Is that it doesn’t exist. Because the perfect Valentine’s date doesn’t seek perfection. It seeks reality. It acknowledges who we are as individuals and where we are as couples. Which means, the most loving Valentine’s date could happen in a restaurant. I’m a marital therapist And I’ve worked on Valentine’s night. While couples across the world were dining by candlelight, riding in carriages, and sprinkling rose petals—attempting to orchestrate the perfect evening and the most romantic moment—I’ve sat with couples in the midst of their pain and sorrow.

On the most romantic night of the year, I’ve sat with couples while they got real. In other words, I’ve been a witness to the most Romantic Valentine’s dates of all. Yes, that’s Romance with a capital R. Romance-With-a-Small-r Recently, Nicholas Sparks, the prolific and beloved romance writer, announced he and his wife of 25 years are getting divorced, and the public reaction speaks volumes about how we’ve come to view romance. It was real. 16 must-listen podcasts for creatives - Dear Handmade Life. Rebelle Society. Creativity and Courage, Failure. Best Of | Jenna Avery. Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook. By Maria Popova “We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.”

As a lover — and keeper — of diaries and notebooks, I find myself returning again and again to the question of what compels us — what propels us — to record our impressions of the present moment in all their fragile subjectivity. From Joan Didion’s 1968 anthology Slouching Towards Bethlehem (public library) — the same volume that gave us her timeless meditation on self-respect — comes a wonderful essay titled “On Keeping a Notebook,” in which Didion considers precisely that. Though the essay was originally written nearly half a century ago, the insights at its heart apply to much of our modern record-keeping, from blogging to Twitter to Instagram. Portrait of Joan Didion by Mary Lloyd Estrin, 1977 After citing a seemingly arbitrary vignette she had found scribbled in an old notebook, Didion asks: Why did I write it down? What, then, does matter?

Lynda Barry’s Syllabus: An Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating the Capacity for Creative Observation. By Maria Popova How to master the infinitely rewarding art of “being present and seeing what’s there.” “It gives me such a sense of peace to draw; more than prayer, walks, anything,” Sylvia Plath wrote in her diary when she first began working on her little-known drawings. “The great benefit of drawing … is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time,” the great Milton Glaser observed in sharing his wisdom on life. “And you can spend your life without ever seeing anything.”

Hardly anyone has explored this delicate relationship between drawing and looking, drawing and experiencing, drawing and thinking with more rigor, wit, and insight than Lynda Barry, one of the greatest visual artists of our time. Echoing Joan Didion’s unforgettable reflections on keeping a notebook, Barry traces her own journey and what is to be gained by those endeavoring to master this simple, powerful practice: Donating = Loving Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr.