Children are naturally creative. We come into the world (in most cases), with senses fully alive. We take in the the Universe through them; smelling, tasting, touching, hearing and seeing what is around us. We are industrious and think outside the box, designing all manner of ways to climb on counters to get to the cookie jar, or dab sticky fingers on the wall to paint pretty pictures for our parents. If we are lucky, we are surrounded by adults who acknowledge and encourage our creative endeavors. If not, we can, as adults, find ourselves stifled. How many had teachers who told us to lip synch rather than express ourselves melodically or who told us to ‘stay inside the lines’ when we colored?
Harry Chapin wrote a beautiful song called Flowers Are Red (covered by Zain Bhikha). It is a powerful reminder that we are ALL artists. Color with your creative juices~!
Make magic happen every moment. You are truly an alchemist who can turn lead into gold. Find a magic word and make it your own. At the mention of this mantra, your world is transformed. Frowns turn upside down, broken hearts are healed and im-possible dreams become I’m-possible realities.
So, what is a mantra? Take a look at a few perspectives on the subject.
The symbol ? (prounounced ‘om’) is considered a mantra in Vedantic teachings.
Butterflies symbolize metamorphosis, new beginnings, coming out of hibernation into re-birth. Stories abound of transformational tales; one such is called “Bliss” written and illustrated by multi-cultural author Dorreya Wood. I found it to be a sweetly simple and profound book that would appeal to chronological children and those of us who are kids in grown up suits. The theme that weaves through it is of interconnection regardless of appearance. The irridescently colored butterfly named Bliss, shares wisdom with cynical creatures such as birds, a squirrel, a lamb and snail and regales them with a poem at every turn.
” I am the wind, I am the breeze.
I am the flowers, I am the leaves.
I am the birds, I am the trees.
I am the stars, I am the seas.
I am all these.
Knowing who you are is truly precious, as is this brilliantly scribed and magnificently illustrated book. Dorreya describes it as ”A breathtaking story of transformation that reveals ‘we are never alone.’ ”
A portion of the proceeds are donated to children’s charities.
“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as… seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”
These are the profound words of Dawna Markova from “I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion” . I was introduced to Dawna’s work more than 20 years ago and her teachings re-entered my life via my friend Peggy Tileston who truly herself, lives by inhabiting her days accessibly.
Dawna is a Ph.D psychologist and teacher who is one of the creators of the Random Acts of Kindness Series that caused a revolution that lives on~
So, what does it mean to, as another friend Gina Foster so eloquently phrased it: “live significantly.”?
For me, it presents an opportunity to offer my heart and ear to those in need, to stand up for what I believe in, speaking my piece/peace. It means risking falling in the midst of soaring, dripping colorfully and vibrantly with life juices. Singing my soul song; sometimes solo, other times, part of the community choir, gathering with my tribe; ’family of choice’ in celebration and sorrow. It is also about surrendering what no longer serves my higher purpose; in particular, worn out beliefs and outdated attitudes. It is about courageously stepping into a new reality each blessed day.