Ryan and I combined our talents and developed a new app, “Mindpnoea”. Professionally, my back ground is mental health. Personally, I believe that mindfulness is a powerful technique that can change your life. Being aware of our thoughts and being able to control them leads to balance and peace. Practicing self care and self love allows us to give ourselves to others and be a light. Ryan developed the application from my vision from start to finish.
My vision was to create a tool that will allow the user to practice mindfulness anywhere, any time. We cultivated small, two minute sessions that allows the user to fit mindfulness in to their day, as needed. We have included several life events to allow the practice to center around what is happening now. Being present and bringing awareness to one’s thoughts is the foundation of mindfulness. Mindpnoea combines positive affirmations and deep breathing exercises to hone in on mind-breath awareness and intentional thinking to affirm positive, pure thoughts. Affirmations help to strengthen and purify our thoughts; by speaking only positive thoughts to one’s self, our mind begins to restructure and believe that no thing is impossible. When one verbally affirms what they wish to manifest, the mind follows. Connecting the breath can be a valuable tool in helping to restore balance in the mind and body. MindPnoea is user friendly and guides the user throughout the exercise as they master the mindfulness practice.
-Sit in a relaxed position.
-Relax your muscles, give yourself a gentle massage or gently roll your head from side to side freeing any tension in your neck or upper back. Gently roll your shoulders.
-Begin your practice with two to three deep breaths.
-Allow your thoughts to come and go lovingly acknowledging them as they present. If you find yourself focusing too heavily on a particular thought, allow yourself to be intentional and speak only kindly to yourself. Practice forgiveness with your thoughts. Try to continue to bring your awareness to the breath.
Download MindPnoea today at www.mindpnoea.com
As an Artist, THE most important thing that one must learn is to Trust the process. Matter-of-factly, in most everything that we do as humans, trusting the process opens us up to unlimited possibilities. It is important to be gentle, patient with ourselves. To speak kindly to ourselves and love ourselves fully. The exact same is true for making artwork. My inner critic starts to chime in some times. There are times when I am frustrated because my hands cannot do what my mind is visualizing. Or the paint is too fluid or too thick and it “messes up” my entire piece. If I can be mindful, and push past this to be able to take a deep breath, center and trust the process… I find the therapeutic benefits of art. I find that the brush takes on it’s own spirit and I am simply there to observe and see the wonders of what is happening on the paper. I made a quick time lapse video of me painting some florals, mostly just to play around with the technological capabilities… I have watched it over and over in wonder. See the creation magically come to life on the paper. I watched my own hands going through the artistic watercolor process. And where once lay a white blank page, was now a small creation. There was no specific way to do the florals. No wrong way- this way or that way. It was simply picking the brush up and allowing myself to create.
I believe that life is a process in itself. And if we are paying the right amount of attention at the right time, it brings us opportunities. Some kind of nature thing itself is an opportunity that came to life. I have been given the opportunity to join a group of upcoming creatives called “The Wander Trees”. We are all young artists finding our places in the world. We are passionate about art and nature and love and sharing all of these things with the world. We will be traveling to festivals and giving back to the community. All of the great things that an artist can truly hope to be involved in. I feel so blessed and so grateful to be a part of something so magical. Trusting the process that we can all bring our talents and make a difference. Life does not expect us to go out and move mountains by ourselves always…We just have to be ready to go all in when the opportunity comes to us.
I am enjoying this beautiful journey. I am challenging myself as an artist and trying new things. We are working on some game art for our second mobile app coming soon; It feels a little bit like walking in really high heels. Using markers and colored pencil instead of watercolor. I am reminded of how comfortable we can often get in our lives. And how exciting trying new things can be. I have also been making some jewelry and playing with beading and wrapping stones. Creativity is unfolding and I am just allowing it… Seeing where it can take me. It’s when I remove myself and my own expectations that I am most successful in my artwork and making: It’s not about me. My recent obsession is perfecting my hand lettering and making greeting cards. I am absolutely the biggest fan of a greeting card. What could possibly be more thoughtful than taking your thoughts and writing them down for someone you care about? I have been creating several new greeting cards and plan to add them to the shop very soon.
We are on our way to the sea in two days! Spending 12 days there. WE need to spend some time with the sun and let the saltwater wash our spirits for a while. I am excited to see what the new scenery will do for my creative spirit. Look for some nautical creations soon! I hope that each of you spend some time creating and let go and trust the process in your own lives.
Peace & Love,
Time Lapse Painting: