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Author: tamuria (Page 1 of 28)

DECIPHERING THE DRAGON – A PERCEPTION OF POWER

perception of power pictureCould a changing perception of the attributes of dragons be a spark of hope for a better world?

I know that may sound a little ridiculous. Particularly for those who see dragons as a myth instead of a possibility.

However, when long held beliefs start to change and minds begin to open, the doors to acceptance and empathy open.

Surely more of those qualities would make a better world.

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WORDS OF WISDOM TO INSPIRE A CREATIVE YEAR

 

A CREATIVE YEAR


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Why is it important to inspire a creative year?

Taking time for creative pursuits improves your thinking, your happiness and your physical and mental health.

You may have already set your goals for the year – a healthier lifestyle and increased success at work. Did you allow some time to create? To paint a picture, learn an instrument, colour in a beautiful mandala?

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do. Or even how good you think you are at doing it. What matters is that you allow some space in your life to create. Get into that zone where everything else fades away and you are truly focused on your creative task.

Aside from the personal benefits, as the quote above says, without creativity there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.

Here are some words of wisdom to help ignite the creative spark in you.

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INSPIRATIONAL LIFE LESSONS FROM MOTHER NATURE   

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It’s a funny thing about nature. We talk about reconnecting with it like we are not part of it and it is not part of us.

The truth is, we ARE nature. It’s just that many of us have forgotten this and see it as something separate from ourselves.

Some work tirelessly trying to help nature. Others seem hell-bent on destroying it. Few take the time to really watch and listen and discover nature’s hidden treasures and lessons.

Some of those who do listen and observe share the lessons through wonderful, wise words.

I’ve paired some of those words with some homegrown pictures, hoping to share the wisdom so we may inspire nature the way nature inspires us.

 

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HOW TO MAKE THE SWEETEST SUCCULENT TREE FOR CHRISTMAS 

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a succulent tree.

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the tree. From setting it up with tiny treasures I haven’t seen in a year and enjoying the twinkling lights each night, to opening presents around it on Christmas day.

Did you know it was the Germans who thought of celebrating Christmas with a tree? They actually brought large pine branches into their homes and decorated them with cookies and candles.

These days, Christmas trees, from farm-grown pines to artificial trees, have become a booming industry.

Whatever type of tree you prefer and whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this little succulent tree is sure to put a smile on your face.

These sweet little living art forms are so much fun to make and they don’t require any special skills and only a few materials. But you will need to use a lot of plant cuttings.

 

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AWESOME GIFT GIVING – HOW TO SAVE WITH STYLE 

 

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Gift giving occasions can set off panic attacks in the toughest people.

Concerns range from how to find the perfect pressie to how to pay for it.

This can happen any time of year but reaches a peak at Christmas. It is estimated one in four Australians experience fear instead of cheer.

Here are some tips for awesome gift giving, any time of year, that won’t blow your budget.

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THE HEALTH TRAP OF SUCCESS AND HOW TO AVOID IT

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There but for the grace of God, go I.

Hard to beat that quote when it comes to putting things in perspective. Do you agree?

It’s virtually impossible to go through life without being witness to some kind of suffering.

Sometimes, we take the time to realise how lucky we are. Other times, the things we think make us more fortunate are those that stop us being truly grateful and happy.

We become so caught up in our desire to maintain what we have and build on it, that we are caught in a trap of success. It’s a trap that threatens our physical and mental health as it allows stress to be our controller.

Here’s a story that shines the light on where true happiness lies.

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6 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CREATING ART WITH CHILDREN

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Children are natural creators, inventors, explorers and artists.

They do these things automatically and with confidence.

Somewhere along the line, they receive messages that make them lose that confidence and this can destroy their desire to continue creating. This can be disastrous for the world and for them.

There are a few mistakes to avoid doing if you don’t want to be one of the people transmitting those confidence sucking messages.

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HOW TO SOLVE THE KINDNESS CONUNDRUM

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You may be wondering what the kindness conundrum is. I’m wondering what the problem is with being kind.

All the evidence points to the fact being kind not only helps the receiver, but also the giver. So, why doesn’t everyone hop on board the kindness caboose?

While there are many intense areas of kindness in the world there also seems to be areas where it is nowhere to be found.

In a world that should be united to save our suffering planet, we are still facing horrendous stories of cruelty towards each other and towards nature. That is the kindness conundrum.

How do we solve it?

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HOW TO USE NATURE IN ART TO OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS

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Nature paints us the prettiest pictures day after day. So why is it artists feel compelled to create their own impressions, using nature as inspiration?

Surely, no one can imagine they can improve on the divine art forms that nature provides.

Yet, since cave man times, we have been inspired to record our stories using nature as our stimulus.

Perhaps we have always understood the deep connection between nature and art.

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FIGHTING FEAR – HOW TO RECLAIM YOUR POWER

 

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I lay on the bed, careful not to move a muscle in case it alerted the intruder to my presence.

Breathing was difficult. I wanted to take huge, terrified gulps of air, but that would have made too much noise. The trespasser was right outside the door.

My heart was beating so loudly. Could she hear it?

I was sweating, yet I was chilled to the bone.

I wanted to scream out for help. But knew that my antagoniser would get to me before anyone else. And my voice was gone.

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