Sunday, August 20, 2017

Meditation Rooms Part II




Whether you call it a meditation room, prayer spot or contemplative space,
everyone benefits from quieting the mind and connecting
with our spiritual beliefs.  


I have blogged about meditation rooms before. In fact, it must
be a favorite topic in the world out there, because
it is always one of my top visited posts! 



Meditation and/or Prayer can be done virtually anywhere.
Even virtually (pun intended)


















I have fallen in love with diffusing essential oils.
It gives me a sense of calm and happiness.







"Relaxing the mind and body, going within, finding our spiritual center, achieving a sense of oneness, and bringing that sense of oneness into the outer world—this is the process of meditation. This is the process that can put us back in touch with Spirit." - Martha Guidici



"Meditation is not prayer. 
Put simply, prayer is talking to God whereas meditation is allowing God to talk to you."
-Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla


Any time we can slow down and nurture our well-being it's wonderful!








Photo Source:  Instagram

Saturday, August 19, 2017

No-Bake Energy Ball Recipes


Are you looking for healthy, kid-friendly snacks to take on the go?  Here they are!  3 simple and delicious no-bake energy balls.  Letting kids help roll them adds to the fun and makes little ones more apt to eat them.  Excellent for lunches!

Before you start - watch the quick video below!

Tangerine Burst Chocolate Energy Balls

Ingredients

32 pitted dates
½ cup quick oats
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut flour
12 drops Tangerine Vitality™ essential oil

Instructions
1. Process dates in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
2. Mix in oats, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and Tangerine Vitality essential oil. The mixture should form a firm dough.
3. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll dough into bite-sized balls.
4. Roll balls in cocoa.
5. Store in an airtight container.

Fruit’n’Oats Energy Balls

Ingredients 

32 apricots 1 cup wolfberries
½ cup oat flour
2 drops Grapefruit Vitality™ essential oil
¼ cup quick oats

Instructions
1. Process apricots in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
2. Chop wolfberries, add to the apricot mixture, and process.
3. Mix in oat flour, Grapefruit Vitality essential oil, and oats. The mixture should form a firm dough. 4. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.
5. Store in an airtight container.



Lemon-Basil Energy Balls

Ingredients

32 pitted dates
½ cup dried strawberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds ½ cup quick oats
1 drop Basil Vitality™ essential oil
4 drops Lemon Vitality™ essential oil

Instructions

1. Process dates and strawberries in a food processor until they form a thick paste.
2. Mix in chia seeds, oats, and Vitality oils. The mixture should form a firm dough.
3. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls.
4. Store in an airtight container.
 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Drive By Shooting


Gotcha!
This is the best kind of drive by shooting!
Being a passenger in a car,
capturing the passing landscape.
This past weekend I was thrilled that
these 2 images worked out 
as I had hoped.


It is amazing isn't it?
That birds/animals hang out.
Together.
They seem to feel a sense of security and joy
in groups.
They exist within these packs of community.
Do you ever wonder which one is the Leader?
Which one says:
'Hey Girls!  Let's fly over to the other wire!'

Have a super weekend my lovelies!
Take your camera

Peace Love Create Art
Patti
xo





Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Author Blogger Seth Godin Nails It


Seth is so damn prolific! So smart. So 'in-yo-face' truth speaker. He says:
"He's a jerk, a two-timer, a double-crosser. He deserves everything you throw at him, your cutting remarks, your sarcasm, your enmity.
You're totally justified in spending a lot of time and energy in evening the score. You are the avenger.
The thing is, it's not clear that we benefit from carrying around all that vitriol. All the time we spend hating is time that we've given away to someone who hasn't earned our time. It's time we're being controlled by someone we don't like or respect very much.
Teaching someone a lesson is often overrated. Doing the lesson teaching in your head helps no one.
What happens if we walk away and make something magical instead?
You deserve it."





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Storming Escarpment Abstract Painting Patti Friday




I approached this painting very differently.
I decided to loosen up.
Beginning with a brush for the under painting.
I felt I wasn't loose enough.
So I set aside all my brushes and palette knives
and went to my baking supplies
#cake

I selected a rubber spatula and with relaxed 'flow'
I continued.

The change in tool changed the results.
I am quite happy!

This is now available here.



(Above:  Detail)

Mixed Media on Canvas. 19.7" x 39.4" (50x100cm)

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via my weekly email
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Peace Love Create Art

PFXO




Monday, July 24, 2017

Pirate Style


Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Meaning of Abstract Art



I am often asked: 
What does it mean?
This means:
What is this art about?
Is there a message?
Is it supposed to be something?




The beauty of abstract art (I tell them)
is that it can be anything you 
want it to be!


What do you see?
What does it remind you of?
Do you feel a certain emotion?


One reason I love living with abstract art
is that it can give you many moments
of different ideas, responses and discoveries.
Let's be honest.
Abstract art is mysterious.


I paint to 'express' my current mindset
or mood or life experience.


I paint to work things out.
Like therapy!


My abstract art is also informed by things I see
Places I go
and people I spend time with or think about
(or dream about)


I live life and photograph it.
(an important part of my Artist Statement)


My photo art informs my abstract paintings.
and vice versa.


I am inspired by absolutely everything.


Everything is alive to me.
Everything has a story or a history.


Landscapes ignite my creative output.
So do Sunday mornings. 
I talked about this in my latest newsletter.
(you can receive it on Fridays too if you want....here)



What is the meaning of abstract art?

The simple answer is:

It's up to you!


PFXO

NOTE:
If you want to contact me
please email
with subject line:
ART INQUIRY
to
pattifriday@hotmail.com 

Thank You











Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'



 
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