Author: lfw3

Why combine art and prayer?

Why link prayer and drawing? Both activities have a positive effect on the brain, and combined, they could possibly have a greater effect for peace by engaging more areas of the brain.We know that meditation increases brain activity, by looking at the image to the right, where areas in red are the most active. Image from:  http://www.andrewnewberg.com/research/   Please feel free to comment below on what you learned AND ask any questions you may have.    Please know this has been simplified and those of you who are neurologists, please feel free to add in information!   Discovering more about the wonders of our brains helps build our faith in our God, as we see the miracle in their complexity. This middle image shows an alcoholic’s brain, to the left and a normal brain to the right. Basically, increased activity is desirable, as you can decide for yourself, when you know that blue is inactive and green is active.  (from:  https://img.medscapestatic.com/pi/meds/ckb/06/29606tn.jpg Images showing results like this are easily found upon a Google image search for many drugs, and give us a visual explanation for the strange behavior we see in drug addicts.  As one observes these images, possibly a desire to care for and nuture the brain will form!  Drawing or coloring slowly with intention is one way to give your brain nuturing. Does drawing increase brain activity? Above is the brain of...

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What can mini seminars and retreats do for you?

Sometimes, you just don’t know what you don’t know!  You may have heard this before, and you may think, yes that applies to knowledge, like knowing how to use Calculus to solve a problem.  You are right, in more than just that way, though.  That phrase applies to many types of knowledge. For example, in emotional knowledge, you cannot know what it is like to lose a parent or child until you have passed through that situation yourself.  Another area would be knowing how to best care for and use your body.  Just think of all the different diets out there!  Which one is right for you?  Hard to know until you try!  With regard to God, since He is infinite, your search for knowledge is never-ending and full of surprises. It is a search best made in many ways on many levels.  Yes, God is present in the everyday details of your life.  Yet, sometimes you feel like God is not there!  It is at those times, or when you feel most overwhelmed that a mini-seminar on a new skill, such as how to quiet your mind using your hands and eyes, or a longer retreat on prayer through art may give you just the time and space you need to bring peace, perspective and the knowing God is there every moment back into your everyday life.  Feel...

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Trip or Pilgrimage?

Anytime you go anyplace, it is a trip.  Any trip can be a pilgrimage, depending on how you approach the trip!  Here’s why it depends on you.  On a pilgrimage, you set an intention for discovering more about your relationship to God.  You can do that for any trip, because all trips take you out of your known area to a new place, and you have to trust in God as you leave the known and go to the unknown.  Even with Google Maps, surprises still happen!  Even your safe arrival and return are unknowns.  A pilgrimage usually means going to a place where you will experience a closeness with God.  God is everywhere, therefore, you can ask yourself to look for him no matter where you go.  A pilgrimage usually means you will make some sort of sacrifice or do something extra as you travel in order to deepen your relationship with God (and many times with your traveling companions!).  You can decide to make a sacrifice or do an extra activity to grow in holiness on any trip.  You have the ability to turn almost any trip into a pilgrimage!  Sometimes, it is easier for you, at different points in your life, for someone else to direct you on a pilgrimage.  You are the best judge of whether having outside help will aid you in setting your...

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I wonder . . . why use a book on prayer . . and talk with others?

When it comes to God and how to include Him in our lives, so many possibilities exist!  Some of us are content to wonder about this from time to time, but never really take action.  Others begin to suffer from the wonder, and take some action to resolve the nagging feeling they have about God.   Yet others never wonder about this at all, because they simply have had no opportunity to learn about God, or they have made an effort to exclude God from their lives.  Interestingly, if you are honest with yourself, at different times in your life, you may have been in all of these possibilities!  If you find yourself not really sure where you are, making a mind map really helps identify where you have questions about God, or what action you have taken to grow closer to Him (or why it might improve your life to take ANY action that has to do with prayer!).  As we journey together through life, we can help one another to grow in our prayer life and faith by sharing our particular insights.  Here, you will find inspiration from the lives of the saints as well as from the lives of those around you, either by reading/making comments here or by joining the free, public Art2Pray Facebook Group.  Yes, doing both is fine.  Blessings to you in...

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Mini-Seminar: Color Your Way to Peace

At Color Your Way to Inner Peace, author Laura Woford helps people discover a way to use art techniques to enter flow, turn off inner chatter and engage their brain while coloring cards designed to help them build their ability in the techniques and in the inner peace that leads to deeper joy in life.  All materials are provided and participants say they arrived stressed and left relaxed.  See events on Facebook Art2Pray page.  Use Home page to sign up to this page and receive a three cards and a tips video.  You will receive an e-mail allowing you to choose.  Thanks  for taking advantage of this...

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