Articles to Inspire

True self, power and vulnerability

Recognition: we long to belong.Being validated by and belonging to a human group has been recognized as an essential need in all human beings.We crave appreciation. Acceptance and valuation in the eyes of others. It is a very deep need. Fulfillment of which is a vital factor for harmonious development… Risky businessBecause of this crucial

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Self-empowerment and responsibility

There is tremendous power in taking entire responsibility for our lives and the results we get. Unfortunately, when we grew up believing that Lady Luck is calling the shots and that Life is something happening randomly to us, the concept of complete responsibility can ruffle our feathers a bit.Some people occasionally get angry and react

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Knowing What You Don't Know

Growing as an artist involves knowing what we don’t know

There is a lot of preconceived notions about artists; a major one is: Artists are not business people. Most of the time with the exception of a few, artists are not interested in the business part of their craft and that is widely and deeply supported by the popular notion above. Self verifying concept… We

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Why crisis is good news

Crisis is a mistaken giftWhen crisis enters our life we tend to cringe and fight and resist rather than understand what it really means and how we will benefit from it.It is human nature to be afraid of anything that upsets our current equilibrium, and when crisis knocks at our door we are most likely

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Be Unstoppable

The only way to get somewhere is to move toward it.This is not an earth shattering statement is it? But then, if we don’t apply its simple truth, we stay stuck.Tomorrow will be at best like today. And then again. And again.Our goal will be like a speck on the horizon, not getting any closer.In

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The Gift

Years ago, I used to feel slightly irked when people told me what a “gift” I had.      When told about my gift it felt like thousands of hours of work, spent honing my skills, were being dismissed, replaced in people’s mind by a magic and effortless delivery of which I was the lucky beneficiary. But

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The stories we live by

When we let ourselves follow the conventional trend and believe we are randomly subjected to outer circumstances, we tend to focus on, talk about and live from these circumstances.We have a story to tell and it is usually a story where events are out of our reach for the most part and where we feel

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Unmitigated Grateful Receiving

The end of 2016 for all people living by this calendar, represents the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.Of course Life keeps on doing what Life does… regardless of calendars.But symbolic markers are good opportunities to take stock, to reflect and to ponder.Who have we been and how did we

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Blown in leaves trompe l'oeil in a home entryway

About daring to take an odd commissioned work…

What to do if you are an artist or a free-lance professional in any case, and a potential client comes to you asking for an odd job? Something related to what you do generally, but not quite in your usual range,not in your comfort zone ? I had this happen about a year ago when

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Inner Peace is a Practice

It has been said that peace of mind is to be sought more than gold itself for it is an unsurpassable riches.But being deliberately serene, consistently, in the face of most circumstances, is not part of our culture.In fact, it is considered normal to react and to be very affected by circumstances, on a regular

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The art of shifting

A lot has been said about quantum leaps and Gosh! when they do happen, they are quite miraculous… we love them. Meanwhile in a much quieter way, there is the life transforming effect of shifting.Change can be daunting, even when we wish and long for it.We are paradoxical beings and it is not unusual to

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Peaceful paintings to uplift the world

Many years ago I chose to put my skills as a painter into delivering peaceful imagery to the world. I did not start that way. In my early years I would paint and draw randomly, in as many directions as my pencil would take me. I guess the simple act of drawing was enough, in

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