Monthly Archives: May 2013

Neuerscheinung ans Herz gelegt: Ennenbach, Matthias. Buddhistische Lebenskunst. [Recommended Book Release: “Buddhistische Lebenskunst” ≈ buddhistic art of living by Matthias Ennenbach]

As this book was just released in Germany, I will write the following thoughts in German only.

IMG_1754 (566x800)Vor wenigen Tagen ist ein neues Buch des Autors (und buddhistischem Psychotherapeut, und Seminarleiter) Dr. Matthias Ennenbach erschienen, “Buddhistische Lebenskunst. Mit dem B-Prinzip zu innerer Befreiung”.   Nach den fünf grandiosen Vorgängerwerken von Matthias Ennenbach  kann ich nicht anders, als dieses Buch auch ans Herz zu legen…auch wenn ich erst die  ersten 70 Seiten gelesen habe.  70 Seiten genossen… und 4 Post-its gesetzt bei wunderbaren Passagen (diese werden in meinem “positive-input-Journal landen…)

Hier einen Ausschnitt aus dem Umschlagstext:

“Gerade in unserer hektischen Alltagswelt entdecken immer mehr Menschen den Buddhismus für sich. Denn der Buddhismus bietet ein in sich schlüssiges Konzept zur Selbstorientierung und -Verankerung und damit Halt und Hilfe auch in Krisensituationen. Matthias Ennenbach eröffnet einen neuen Zugang zur buddhistischen Lehre, der die alte Weisheit im modernen Leben anwendbar macht. Anschaulich führt Ennenbach vor Augen: Die Ursachen für die meisten unserer Probleme liegen in uns selbst – und genau hier können wir ansetzen, um unser Leiden aufzulösen und es künftig zu vermeiden. Dies wird mit der eigens vom Autor entwickelten Methode möglich: Lebensnah und praktisch vermittelt das ‘B-Prinzip’ konkrete Maßnahmen, um eine achtsame und bewusste Lebensführung zu kultivieren – zu unserem eigenen Wohl und zum Wohl unserer Mitmenschen”

Gut, dass ich noch genug Post-it’s habe, denn die werde ich brauchen. Da ich finde, dass ein solches Buch es selbstverständlich verdient  ganz gelesen zu werden, bevor es ausführlich besprochen wird…und weil eigentlich jetzt auch weiterlesen möchte… : )… schließe ich hier mit dem link für nähere Informationen und der von Herzen kommenden Empfehlung: tut euch etwas Gutes, lest dieses Buch…und (noch) andere des Autors, es ist Lebensqualität, sich damit zu beschäftigen !!

http://www.randomhouse.de/Buch/Buddhistische-Lebenskunst-Mit-dem-B-Prinzip-zu-innerer-Befreiung/Matthias-Ennenbach/e423550.rhd?mid=1&serviceAvailable=true#tabbox

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A few atmosphere-shots (well, hopefully), a bit of poetry and a few words to stop by and say hello

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Bouquet of brushes and flowers – a still-life of a Weekend morning

Sun shining on the red beech right in front of the Loggia window

Sun shining on the red beech right in front of the Loggia window

Sky magic

Sky magic

Beautiful reminder of impermanence also know as flower - a welcome guest in my loggia

Beautiful reminder of impermanence also know as flower – a welcome guest in my loggia

Today is a day which makes me just greet you through a couple of “still-lifes” here.

If you are one of there visual People (like me), you’ll be able to read the “Hi, it’s nice to meet you” in the Pictures.

As I said “poetry” in the Headline:

Question! Would you tell me your favourite Poem ever? Or even quote in the comments?

Have a very good week and talk soon.

Namasté,

Nic

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The sky and a poem

 

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Here are  few photos of last night’s beautiful sky.. maybe you even see shapes in the clouds –

  still one of my favourite Imagination exercises here and there

And there is another of Poem by Neruda I just felt like adding – inspired by the photos.

Possibly a good painting-inspiration:

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Ode To Enchanted Light

 

Under the trees light

has dropped from the top of the sky,

light

like a green

latticework of branches,

shining

on every leaf,

drifting down like clean

white sand.

 

A cicada sends

its sawing song

high into the empty air.

 

The world is

a glass overflowing

with water.

-PABLO NERUDA-

 

   

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Love for common things. Cup gallery # 1

The aforementioned Mr Nobbs, whose book I …assimilated into my System ^^…. says that he drew lots of Cups. As I own lots of  Cups (ask my dear friend who wrapped them all in paper when I moved about 20 months ago…ha ha) I guess I have a lot of drawing material.

Such a lovely idea anyway to draw such a common, yet important thing. Having in mind how many minutes a day I am holding a cup in my Hand…it ranges from 30 minutes to maybe something like 2 hours!

And there are Special Cups for Special moods. of course

The first attempt, however, was a little de-caffeinated. Forgive me. 🙂 Pretty please….

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In my eyes (or rather: for my eyes ^^) it gets a bit better here:

my favourite all-purpose (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) all-mood-Cup. Just so you know ... ;-)

my favourite all-purpose (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) all-mood-Cup. Just so you know … 😉

Brown. Therefore only for coffee (logic made by ...me ^^)

Brown. Therefore only for coffee (logic made by …me ^^)

Small Cup - allpurpose in case you're wondering. Mood-lifter for grumpy times :-)

Small Cup – allpurpose in case you’re wondering. Mood-lifter for grumpy times 🙂

Very likely to be continued. Which is a good Thing, considering I  called this Cup Gallery #1

And please, pretty please, share your Cups, too, photo,sketch, drawing (or ask for my address and ship them,hahahaha…no not really cupboards are not exactly empty.) Share the love for common things. Post them on your blog and link it to this post..or send them to my emailadress.. wouldn’t that be delightful? (yes it would, eh?)

xxx Nicseventysix

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Being crazy about quirky films. You are still reading?

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night, dear Reader.

In case you share my inclination for really quirky but also heartwarming films, here’s a Little treat from the colourful film

The Darjeeling Limited

And ..my favourite film ever… if you want to sing out, sing out: Harold and Maude!

If you haven’t watched them… those two Clips might make you want to catch up with those films or one of them. And if you have, well… I am happy for you. 🙂

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Back from the arts supplies store. Ready to play : ) … and introducing Michael Nobbs “Drawing your life”

New toys. horray!

New toys. horray!

 

Just getting back from the Arts supplies store (before that: a visit to the farmers’ market including Caffe Moccha and rhubarb streusel cake, buying fresh flowers for the Loggia-slash-studio and multicoloured veggies)

So a good part of today’s noon to early evening will be spent mixed media-ish… not only on the canvas, but by mixing a new tape to accompany the painting, painting with lots of other things besides brushes (well, like old toothbrushes, rugs, fingers, old credit cards….)

This post is quite inspiring today’s plans:

http://taraleaver.com/2012/09/moth/

And today, after having listened to “Cerulean” by Ben Leinbach for about 10 times… we’ll see what happens

A Quote came up today, too… well..it’s really mixed media all over:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin

Big and courgeous words to me.

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Here Comes a more everyday-life but yet very very unique way of approaching the Topic of art:

Let me introduce Michael Nobbs to you.

Michael Nobbs, well, his blog Kind of popped up… somewhere….I do not even remember where…but it’s amazing it did. He released a book  he developed during a time with low energy. he was diagnosed with this “chronic fatigue Syndrome” and had to rest lots. That’s when he started drawing, there, right in this bedroom. As he had not too many possibilities to get around, he draw everyday things.

That’s where he got me! I love the Magic of simplicity, the beautiful of your personal still lifes like just a Cup of tea on a coaster or something…just imagine your favourite Cup on your favourite spot and you can probably already tell that there are colours, shapes and generally impressions mixing right there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can get a Little taste of what it is like to get into Michael Nobbs’s world of ideas. I was happy to read that he refers to Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and very curious about a book called “The Zen of Seeing” by a dutch author I am yet to check out.

In the Video Clip you can see that the book is for drawing, doodling, scribbling in it. 🙂 Fun to be had!

One of my favourite pages is a double page, where he says “treat yourself to a breakfast in a Café” and then you are to draw your table and condiments and then your breakfast on the next page.

With my dearest Inspirations at the Moment, namely the book “Creative Spark” by Tara Leaver, as well as looking at her online Gallery or reading her Poems, Flora Bowley’s Approach to Artmaking, Michael Nobbs’s way of cherishing the simple everyday life through painting… Susannah Conway’s take of photography …all this Closes the circle between my Intention to find different ways to practice mindfulness and making art. why?

I pay Attention to the very treasures in the very present and just where I stand or sit.

Partly this leads to taking photos or drawing.

Which again might lead to a painting.

All this keeping me quite in the very Moment.

Which is intense.

And fulfilling.

And emotional.

And so worth it!

Let me Close today’s post with a Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote which happens to make me feel Kind of adventurous:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and  leave a trail.”

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

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“Soul poetry”: even more reasons why I am happy having discovered Tara Leaver’s inspiration! What a treasure / Noch mehr Gründe, warum, ich froh bin, Tara Leaver’s Inspirationen entdeckt zu haben. Was für Gaben!!

First of all, as you may notice, I am getting bilingual. Because. Yes. Well. Maybe add French occasionally, too.                                      IMG_1697 (332x535)

Ersteinmal, das wird schon aufgefallen bin, werde ich hier zweisprachig. Darum. Ja. Vielleicht kommt gelentlich noch Französisch dazu (aber das wird dann eher Comedy)

And to add some design and some code, I decided to write the English green and the german blue, so the outcome might shimmer turquoise-ish.:)

Und um ein wenig Design zu ergänzen (oh, elegant formuliert) und ein wenig Orientierung zu bieten ;-), beschloss ich das Englische in grün und das Deutsch in Blau zu schreiben, so dass das Ergebnis etwas Türkisschimmerndes ist.

Just last Weekend, I came across this wonderful Artist, Tara Leaver, from Brighton, UK (hello, Tara!).  Reading around in her blog is like finding treasure after treasure. And how literal this can get I am going to Show you in a Little bit.

Erst vergangenes Wochenende habe ich diese wunderbare Künstlerin entdeckt, Tara Leaver, aus Brighton, UK. In ihrem Blog zu lesen ist so als ob man einen Schatz nach dem anderen findet!! Und wie wörtlich das zu nehmen ist, werde ich gleich noch zeigen.                DSCF0910 (600x800)

 

 

 

Tara did/or does.. a wonderful thing which I am very eager to try out as soon as possible: She collects Stones from the beach, draws and writes lovely things on them and then puts them on benches or comparable places in public for People to find them. Imagine! You sit down, having a few dreamy minutes outside, breathing fresh air and find a beautiful Little Stone with a unique writing or painting on it!

Tara hat etwas Wunderbares gemacht, und ich bin ziemlich scharf darauf, das so bald wie möglich auch auszuprobieren: Sie sammelt Steine am Strand (oh Moment, also muss ich bald ans Meer! Ja gerne! …) und schreibt oder malt etwas Schönes darauf. Danach setzt sie die Steine irgendwo draußen auf eine Bank. Stellt euch das mal vor! Du bist draußen an der frischen Luft bei einem Spaziergang, setzt dich auf eine schöne Bank und neben dir findest du so einen hübschen Stein mit einem einzigartigen kleinen Ornament oder einem schönen Spruch darauf!

I won’t Keep you waiting much longer.

Jetzt werde ich euch nicht länger hinhalten.

http://taraleaver.com/2013/04/soul-poetry/

 

Please, dear Reader, if you have done/heard of something similar, you are very welcome to comment!

Best wishes to all of you – I hope you enjoy following the link.

Die besten Wünsche für euch alle – ich hoffe, der link gefällt euch.

 

 

 

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Introducing a wonderful Artist I just found out about: Tara Leaver, from Brighton, UK

Just two days ago, I had read an article forwarded by Portland-based artist Flora Bowley (see previous posts) about Art and Healing. It was written by an Artist in the UK and touched the Topic Art and Healing (which is pretty much the reason I am going to study Art Therapy).

Here is what she says about herself in her about-section                                                                       on www.taraleaver.com

I always loved art, creating things with my hands.

Moving to Brighton from London in 2008 marked a turning point for me creatively, and led to copious amounts of paintings, exhibitions {sometimes}, my blog and now a book and Creative Spark Sessions {coming very soon!}.

I like to investigate all sorts of media and techniques, but my favourite is mixed media for its layers and textures. I often use combinations of papers, stamps, pens, pencils, oil pastels, charcoal and paint glazes. I love the idea of hidden or partly obscured elements, drawing you in as you step closer to see the details. I also like to use text in my paintings; words and their different uses and meanings continually intrigue me and I like to include them as another layer to each piece.

As a Reiki master I am increasingly interested in incorporating healing into my work, something which is evolving the more I work with energy. I usually work intuitively, allowing a painting to tell me what it needs without any formal planning.

I place great emphasis on the aesthetic impact of each finished piece as well as its meaning; of course each painting has a personal meaning to me, but I hope that you as the viewer will enjoy it in whatever way satisfies you most.´”

http://taraleaver.com/gallery/

IMG_1777 (800x385)One of her paintings, all shades of blue-turquoise (feast to my eyes, it is!) is called “Rise” (showing a Lotus flower), to me a perfect painting in every possbile way, composition, message, meaning, colours… and made me get the sketchbook out and doodle a bit. To be continued 🙂

Besides the artwork, which is so expressive by itself, I feel like mentioning how much I can relate to Tara’s Approach to/ conviction of Art and Healing, she stresses the healing power of artmaking. Something I cannot stop talking about (in case you haven’t noticed, haha)

Here’s a blog post about her experience on Soul Art Day – worth reading!

http://taraleaver.com/2013/05/using-art-for-healing/

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Love of mornings

IMG_1761 (800x561)IMG_1262 (800x534) There are lots of good things about Weekend Mornings. 

They   feel…like…

let me Quote Thich Nhat Hanh for this:

“Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion”

What do your mornings consist of?

If you keep reading, you will find a few Pictures of what my mornings consist of. And some of you might understand, what made me choose the headline.

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        Coffee from a bretonic boule, coming from St. Malo, France. Lovely memories of a vacation at the sea, and listening to Coeur de Pirate.

Nininose

                A very curious rabbit-nose right in front of the camera.  

Finn

There’s the next curious one. Or maybe just hungry. Probably.

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As it is very much a morning off… there’s not only coffee, there’s tea as well. Taken in the smallest room with the biggest windows, the Loggia.

It’s about the being, unlike the doing.

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Special treat for today: the first strawberries this year!

 

After this: farmer’s market down the street. (see former blog post: why getting up early on a Saturday is a treat)

Good morning to everyone one who reads this in the early hours 🙂

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This is meant as a p.s. post to the prevoius one. Some video painting footage. Enjoy : )

First of all an additional Video Clip introducing Flora Bowley, it’s about three and a half minutes:

Then, if you want to spend time up to 25 minutes, here’s a Video of a live painting by a woman called Donna Downey…who I actually just discovered by looking up some Video footage. I think it’s interesting to watch how the painting transforms.

And here’s a lovely Video Clip about Susannah Conway’s “this i know”. You will have the book cover kind of tattoed into your visual perception .. 😉 because you will see it throughout a good part the clip and hear the two women talking…but you also get lovely pictures which give you an idea about Susannah’s book.

Maybe you are like me – having a candlelit, cosy Friday night with a glass of red, your fairy lights, a bowl of Risotto, whatever (an art supplies Shopping list hehe) and you feel like watching those Clips.

If you feel like jumping up and start painting,there is one Thing I can tell you to do:

Don’t. You. Hesitate! get old clippings, magazines, some pens, some papers, just make flowers, houses, clouds, cats, Dogs out of the things you find at home and don’t wait until you’ve completed your art-supply Shopping. The Thing about being creative is to go unusual paths.

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