After finishing writing her blog (www.girlsinwhitedresses.blogspot.com) about how I ruined Thanksgiving by putting some wet potatoes on her puff pastry my hard working wife Kathy sent me this quote from Henry David Thoreau about the miracle of snowflakes....ever look at them closely?
"How full of the creative genius is the air in which these are generated! I should hardly admire more if real stars fell and lodged on my coat. Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity, so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand."
Snowflakes, when you look at them closely, show you that creative genius is in the air. Just waiting for us to breathe in and breathe out, and by so doing, connect.
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Art saves lives
My friend Peleg Top is a coach, artist and mentor to people in the world of design. He puts on wonderful mastermind groups and seminars in California on creativity.
Peleg is presenting a creative exploration workshop in Intuitive Painting with Dr. Pinki Feinstein, founder of the Psycho-Creative Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. January 6-7, 2011 at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center, in Encino, California.
Here's a COOL video for you to watch:
And this is the link to VIEW the video: http://vimeo.com/17270303
Peleg wrote to me recently, "Intuitive Painting is a place where we pay attention to our desires.
"Each and every one of us has the DESIRE to create. We want to express ourselves but often times we either don't think that we know how or we believe we are not good enough. So we don't even try. We walk around hoping, wishing we were more creative but do nothing about it. But the desire is there. It's in every one of us. The desire to create and love what we create is our right. Our intuition is never wrong. We must tap into our intuitive side and bring out what's buried in there."
"Intuitive painting is one of the methods to help us connect to our intuition and practice applying it to other areas of our lives. If we bring our intuition into our work, our business, our relationships and truly listen to what's inside, we don't really need anyone else's opinion or criticism to show up in the world. We can love what we create and bring our true self into everything we do."
"In intuitive painting we don't copy pictures and do not draw an inanimate object. We learn to express ourself in a spontaneous way. We believe that creation is an innate ability that was blocked in our first years of life. Intuitive painting enables authentic emotional expression that leads to unique personal creation.”
"Intuitive painting enables us to play as a children, to be amused and to have fun. Intuitive painting is an amazing gift that a person can give himself. The gift of creativity and originality that belongs only to you."
Peleg is also a business coach and mentor to creative entrepreneurs. He discovered Intuitive Painting during a family visit to Israel while accidentally taking an evening stroll down Disingof Street in Tel Aviv he came across The Center for Psycho-Creative Institute where Intuitive Painting is taught. He was drawn right in (no pun intended...) and his life has never been the same. He started studying the process with the founder of the method, Dr. Pinki Feinstein, and after a year of ongoing work and mentorship, he is bringing this work to America for the first time along with Dr. Pinki himself.
You can register at http://www.intuitivepaintingla.com
One of my favorite blogsites is SPORTSGEEZER www.sportsgeezer.com it helps me (and other people over 40) with ideas for staying vital, fit and full of energy:
Simple Walking Cuts Vascular Dementia Risk 73 Percent
Putting aside, for the moment, the physical benefits of resistance training and endurance training, Geezer directs readers to research suggesting that light exercise, such as walking or gardening, does as much for our brains as far more strenuous routines. The Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter reports that researchers in Bologna, Italy analyzed data about the daily routines of 749 men and women, all over the age of 65. After four years of follow-up, the scientists found that those whose routines included moderate exercise had a much lower risk of dementia. Simply walking each day, for example was associated with a 73 percent reduction for vascular dementia.
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Do You Suffer From Outdoor Deprivation Disorder?
Call it ODD, although according to New York Times health writer Jane Brody, outdoor deprivation disorder is not odd; it's all too common. Brody reports that a general and widespread disconnect with the natural environment had been linked in a host of studies to obesity and obesity-related diseases in children and adults, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis, stress, depression, attention deficit disorder and myopia. Yikes, it that all? No. It's also linked to lower cognitive function. The problem is apparently so acute that doctors have begun writing prescriptions for outdoor activity, providing patients with maps, guidelines and programs of gradually increased activity. The good news, Brody tells us, is that the treatment is widely available and usually free: all we have to do is get outside. What do you think? Do we need to get outside more often than we do? Click on "comments" below, and let us know.
Read more in the New York Times.