~ By Eva A, Lang
be the best person you can be –
to yourself and to others.
Ask yourself: “Am I creating joy?”
Find ways to put others first,
make their day brighter
and treat them as if it was the last day
you see them.
Every difficult situation in life
carries potential value –
then begin looking for it.
The more you get lost
in something bigger than yourself,
the more energy you will create,
feel and share.
Keep shining brightly,
“Think of bad thoughts as a river of tiny ships passing, let the ships pass that will not nourish your soul.” ~ E.Lang
All relationships carry influence on our relationships with those closest to us.
Whoa…did I just use the “R” word?
This time, peeps, it’s about other types of relationships as you might expect. In this post, I will touch on many of our “other” relationships that have a connection with our more/most intimate relationships such as our significant other, family and friends.
Heather Moody, our Environmental Science teacher at Siena Heights University told us once that with every choice we make in life, we experience unexpected connections and sometimes even unintended consequences. Even though she was referring to the environment and our practices, this can easily translate to our lives.
In this post, I will touch on our relationships to things, our bodies, change and our minds.
…Relationships to things
Every morning upon waking, we share a relationship with our alarm clocks. We set them, depend on them, maintain them and sometimes threaten them. Some of us even blame and abuse them. Our relationship with time management can be quite challenging, especially for those that are extremely creative. Distraction is wonderfully welcome to our souls yet disrupting to our schedules.
Of course there are different types of distractions, those in which family or friends ask for help and those in which our soul is screaming for attention. Other things in our lives are our computers, pens, plates, food, our clothes and our cars to name a few. Think about how you relate to all of these things throughout your every day and practice awareness on your thoughts. Weed out the negativity, frustration and disappointment and seek instead thankfulness and gratitude.
…Relationships to our bodies
After several decades of carrying our bodies around, eventually our bodies respond to how we relate to it and with A.G.E. aka age, our bodies change as they begin to have different needs.
What? Wait – all the while we’re taking care of our kids, our bills, our appointments, etc. now, our bodies are beginning to communicate more to us, so does that mean that we’ve been denying that it’s talking to us all along? Yes. We’ve been ignoring, dealing with and pushing our body cries under a rug (at least some of us), so don’t ignore what your body is telling you, because believe me, it’s not recommended to wait for it to SCREAM.
Life is life a garden, practice planting good seeds through investing in good thoughts. Pull your weeds regularly. ~ E. Lang
Relationships to Change and practicing Mindfulness
Changes are always certain as long as life exists
” All things take place by change from how they are to make new and everything that exists is in a manner the seed of which will be. Pain is not evil, it is human and necessary. Enjoy life by joining one good thing to another and try not to leave even the smallest intervals between.”
Change is clearly one of the most challenging obstructions in our lives. Each and every time a change happens, all things move. With changes in life we are thrown off our tracks and must relearn, regroup, reflect and regather ourselves. As long as ones perspective stays positive and faithful that there will indeed be value in terms of learning and progress, lessons will be learned and wisdom will be gained. During the process, we try to fight without reason, until we learn. When we learn a new life lesson, it can be quite amazing, almost magical because then we grow stronger, start fresh and try harder to be a better version of ourselves.
Healing from Change
As I find, the most important things in life are the simplest: Faith in God, spending quality time with family and friends, self-care, healthy rituals and regular routines that encourage our best self to thrive. When we finish a chapter, we must begin again. In order to begin again, we need to evaluate our current situation, adjust and get back to the basics: when you are stressed: Be grateful for God, family and healthy habits!
Breathe: be aware of your breaths as your chest rises and falls. Take deep breaths and hold it for a count of ten, then slowly and controlled, let it go out again. Be grateful for the air we breathe!
Eat: be aware of what you eat, our modern diet has changed drastically and more and more people suffer from celiac disease, allergies and food sensitivities. As you are putting foods in your mouth notice the textures and tastes of these foods, eat slowly and controlled. Allow yourself ample time to eat. Be grateful for food!
“Our body is like a garden, only put good foods in it to nourish and cultivate good bacteria, practice to be mindful of what you think, eat and do, and do it all with love and gratefulness.” ~ E. Lang
The age of Mindfulness didn’t just get here by surprise, nor did it pop out of a cracker jack box, we’ve been going against nature in our way of life in a gradual but steady and exponential way in the culture we live in. Other cultures have been practicing mindfulness for centuries. The closer we are to nature, the closer we are to our true selves. All the while we are trying to keep up, keep going and improve our lives, the improvement starts with us and us alone and always needs to come from within our core. Faith, hope and love carry a deep connection for this to happen and are necessary. Peace happens when we are one.
“A separation from nature is a separation from ourselves.” ~ E. Lang
Be grateful for Life and celebrate your blessings!
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu
Photo by Uwe Schleier
The Art of Patience
It is so easy to get distracted in todays world, so often we can get caught up in doing extra things that weren’t on our agenda for the day. Although these are also things that need to get done and the world around us wouldn’t be as organized, however, sometimes we need to let those things go to someone else and learn to perfect the Art of Delegation! This is just as important for a manager and/or leader of a company as it is for a mother or group leader. Since I have so many plans for this blogsite, perhaps I can find someone that could work with me on it.
Creativity grants us the first verb of the bible: “In the beginning, God created…” It’s time to Begin to Create!
Are you creative? Well, it turns out that all of us have the potential to a great imagination. Take it from the anthropologist Agustin Fuentes who said: ” People pigeonhole creativity as belonging to a single individual or a group of geniuses. They don’t realize that each and every human has this incredible capacity to imagine and to change things. Auto mechanics can be amazingly creative – so can people trying to stretch a paycheck to the end of a month.”
In addition to helping people learn about what they might enjoy creating with art, my next step with Evanalife is to begin interviewing artists, musicians and writers to learn more about how they got into doing what they love doing. What happened to spark their interest? How old were they when they first discovered their passion for the art and how do they market their masterpieces so that they can continue to practice what they love? These are just some of the questions I will be asking.
Would you like to learn from other artists? Most creative people are even more inspired when working alongside another artist and Evanalife is here to make sure that creatives can learn and hear from each other. If you or someone you know would like to be featured in my new Evanalife Artists/Authors and Musicians Spotlight, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life, Art & Wellness
Art is the expression of human creative imagination and is typically produced in visual form such as painting and sculpting, however, others such as music, literature and dance also serve as art forms. Furthermore, one could say that life itself is an art. Just as a trapeze artist, one must maintain perfect balance in order to get through tough situations and these situations are impossible without faith & family.
People need to constantly work on maintaining their own balance by making adjustments in response to changes in their lives such as relationships, work, kids, education, health and wellness. When faced with a difficult situation, one must ask oneself: “How does my response to a change effect my life and those around me?”
“Whenever someone creates a work of art, they are changing the world inside them and the world around them by serving as a messenger of expressive, inspirational and influential art.” ~ E. Lang
As we live in a world in which wellness is becoming a vitally important and growing field, experts agree that mindfulness is necessary for humans to thrive in our increasingly media saturated, busy and loud time. It used to be that people would escape to the country to leave all the noise and settle into a more relaxing, revitalizing and regenerating place and state of mind.
Today’s world is packed with expectations, demands and responsibilities and a person may find it difficult to see a clear path. One can detect anger, pride, vengeance, hate, despise and frustration reflect in many of the voices and opinions we hear on a daily basis and these opinions are put on a pedestal instead of on a privately kept paper or discussed in a confidential area with another person.
Art, Nature & Creation
Nature is the first thing that inspired me to write. It was out of my own nature to write as a young child and I’m tapping into that same nature to continue my path in writing. When we take a walk in nature, all of our worldly life takes the back burner position and troubles are left far away. It is a time when we shut everything else in our heads off and let it all go and be as it is.
Jen Sincero from the “Badass” Series of books said :”You must find a way to stop the dancing squirrels in your head.” There is always more to nature than we can completely understand and numerous scientific studies have proven how vitally necessary it is for us. Nature is peace and there is peace in nature, naturally.
Since most people nowadays are being consumed by activities on screens, experts have found that it takes two weeks in nature to get all of our screen time out of our system. When we are lounging more than moving, sitting more than standing, bending down to see screens instead of face-to face communications, our human trait of communication is put down in value and if real communication is being undervalued and those that do are more frequently distracted because of being taken away from these devices, who is going to make decisions, manage a team or lead people?
Check In: It is always good to have a daily “check-in” with yourself. Ask yourself :”How am I doing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?” What percentage from 1 to 100 can you rate yourself? Keep a journal, maintain your balance. It is good to think about how you are doing outside and inside and think of yourself outside of yourself to do this.
Art appreciation and creating art inspires change in ourselves and those around us. It radiates “newness,” change and motivates us to do more art. It helps us feel less restricted in what we can do, encourages us to have passion, excitement and drive to do those things that we need to do to feel alive. All brilliant ideas come from the creative ability to have an open mind and “create limitless” ideas to solve pressing worldly problems. When we let our creative side out, we are taken back to a child-like state that sees the world in awe with endless possibilities and infinite hope for a brighter future.
No matter what kind of art you choose, take a walk in nature, close your eyes, breath in and be glad in your life, the best is yet to come!
Do something amazing today,
…When you think of life as a life form, living beings are merely bundles of energies both positive and negative. A considerably peaceful and positive person has an aura of good vibes in their presence. They know themselves well and are at peace with who they are, are strong in their faith in something bigger than themselves and want to be of service and joy to to others. If anyone remembers the JC Penney commercial :“Don’t just get there, arrive,” one can truly learn from this. I have learned, that it is of utmost importance to live intentionally and to be aware of ones thoughts, words and actions. How we resonate with others affects everyone.
Here are some helpful tips to “up your good vibes“: Continue reading
Hello, all and thank you for hanging in there!
Life Is A Miracle
Last year, I have been away for a long time it seems. I went ill before and after our family vaca, then got sick once again after that! In the end, I was told that I had tested positive for the e-coli bacteria. After three antibiotics, some great sons, friends and furry things, I am finally, finally on the mend.
I have since published two articles. The first one, “Hardships are Necessary for Better Ships to Sail”: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hardships-necessary-better-ships-sail-eva-lang/ was published in my LinkedIn site. The one after that was titled “Begin Again.” Feel free to share your thoughts on those.
We live in a miracle.
Be sure to check back for my next article titled: “Up Your Good Vibes – How do You Resonate with Others?”
Welcome to Evanalife, a blogsite to inspire people to do more of what they love doing whether they’ve already found it or are still looking. “Find Your Force.”
Back to Johnny Depp. Johnny is a highly successful actor in the roles he plays and in fact one of the most successful actors in the world. Depps acting skill and talent go beyond belief. The movies he choses to star in are all very thought provoking. He’s been in some very unusual movies and many instant classics like “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Benny & Joon,” and others like “Alice in Wonderland.”
Johnny shows us time and time again that he has what it takes: the makings of an exceptional artist. I’m writing this article because I am fed up with writers writing about him as if his life is a bunch of numbers and figures, well, the numbers and figures are there, however, the numbers and figures that I see are in the numbers of people Johnny has touched, influenced and inspired with his work.
I am on Johnnys team because we all make mistakes and why do people have to judge so harshly? I know, it’s because we live in a culture of sameness. Who knows if it’s even true and why should we even talk about such personal things? Oh, right, it’s because he’s a successful artist, WRONG. What’s important is not peering into his life and finding the stuff that can be marketed for a spectacle. Imagine being him, would you like it?
Don’t judge another without walking a mile in their moccasins, Berlutis or Guccis. Take a look in the mirror and work on that, you might find that there’s work to do on your perspective.
Johnny? I’m on your side, we’re all human and try not to hear the loud voices.