It takes work…

It takes work to have the life you were meant to have. Working hard at a job and making lots of money is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about the work to unlearn a lifetime of belief systems. The work to learn about yourself, the real you. To watch your thoughts, your emotions, behavior, and dig deep to figure them out.
One of the simplest things I think people can do to start is meditate. Most say that they tried it and can’t do it because their mind is too busy. I believe that is exactly the reason why you should do it! The more you do it the better you will be at it (that’s why they call it a practice!). There are several places you can find guided meditations with music that will give you mantras to repeat (like on YouTube).  I personally started meditating with the Deepak Chopra & Oprah 21 day Meditation Experience (new ones are available for free a few times a year, as of today you can still access day 8 of the latest one). I found them extremely helpful and easy to follow. The purpose of meditation is not to completely clear your mind, but as you have thoughts surface just let them be and pass through. It can be as simple as focusing on your breath!
Give yourself a month of meditating and see what happens. You may be surprised at the change in you!  I bet you will like the change!

“Mindfulness” 16″x20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Do you believe in Magic?

Not the hocus-pocus-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat kind of magic, but the ‘real magic’!

Have you ever had amazing ‘coincidences’ when you are involved in doing something you absolutely love & have a passion for?

I have always known I was going to be an artist, since I was a little kid.  Just waited around till things were going to be ‘perfect’ so I could start working at it.  Well, eventually I got tired of waiting and with encouragement I started ‘doing’.  I decided to ‘be’ an artist about 17 years ago, but I would say the last 7 years I have been truly serious about it.  I do go through ups and downs in my creating periods, but I know how to make my magic happen.

I noticed that when I go through periods of not painting much, work would not sell, or there did not seem to be interest in my work.  When I paint, or spend a lot of time at the studio, magically interest in my work comes out of nowhere! I will have people I don’t know contact me to buy artwork (once someone found one of my business cards in a parking lot, picked it up and ended up buying 2 paintings!), I will get invited to do shows I have not submitted to, or get contacted by a tv station to do a story on my work.  Coincidence??? I think it’s magic!

I believe when we are truly aligned with our life purpose, with our truth, the universe helps us by placing magic in our path.

Try it out!!!  Pay attention to the little awesome coincidences that happen as you are loving life.  Yep, that’s Magic!!

“Finding the Magic” 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas

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