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Art Blog: Shiva

Shiva acrylic painting

Shiva is the God I believe in.  Painting him on canvas for the 1st time really stirred something deep inside of me. Shiva is known to be the Destroyer of darkness within. And I have to admit, whilst painting him, I had to face a lot of my ‘darkness’, my fears, my insecurities, and aspects of my side that I refused to see that were actually my strengths.

As I progressed through this painting (which took a few weeks since I had to keep walking away from it), my meditations became deeper, my dreams more intense. Instead of panicking, I knew this was a process of me really using ‘Shiva’s energy’ to dive deeper, and I simply let things happen.

IMG_20150103_235428[1]Then, one fine day, within 48 hours, all the pieces fell into place. The paints flowed, the colors glowed. Within me, there was so much peace, so much joy.  So many things became clear, including my focus and my purpose. The ideas that started flowing were incredible. I started jotting everything down. Dreams started connecting, and finally – the old fell through, and the new emerged.

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There is only one poem / quote that always reminds me of my bond to Shiva 🙂

‘I AM the daughter of a KING
who is not moved by the world,
for my GOD is with me
and goes before me.
I do not fear
because I am HIS.
I AM the daughter of Shiva.’

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Life Without Limits

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

If you are not a reader, and if you were told you have to read just ONE book, this would be THE BOOK.

Just the video inspires you, and yet humbles you.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. His family, especially his parents, loved him unconditionally. The book is his story, how he had to deal with his disabilities emotionally and physically growing up. It is brutally honest, and you can feel his despair. But as the book progresses, you see this extraordinary man embrace God, have faith in God’s plan for him, and how he transforms his life into living happily and independently. There are some funny moments in the book which simply bring tears to your eyes (my favorite moment was when he stuffed himself into the baggage carrier on top of the airline seats as a prank!)

Here we are, with hands and legs, and we grumble through life. There are days nothing anyone does or anything around us makes us happy. We forget how blessed we are. We forget how it is up to us to make a choice to be happy – no matter what!

“To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything!”

His book offers practical day to day advice for building a life of fulfillment and happiness by accepting what you cannot change, and embracing what you can change. And that’s what Nick did. Instead of letting his disability bring him down, he embraced it, and went on to conquer one goal after another – learning how to swim to learning how to surf! Yes surf! Now that’s incredible.

I remember reading his chapter on learning how to swim and thought to myself – dammit Leena you are scared to swim why?? And I ended up enrolling into classes to learn how to swim. I figured if he can do it, so can I! Screw living in fear! 🙂

Go ahead and invest in this book. I promise you – you will start to live your life with happiness once you realize that it is your imperfections that make you the Unique You that you truly are!

“I found happiness when I realized that as imperfect as I may be, I am the perfect Nick Vujicic. I am God’s creation, designed according to his perfect plan for me.”

Rating: 10/10

What sculpture has taught me…

Ganesh Clay Sculpture

Barely 3 weeks ago, I started to learn how to build a sculpture from white clay. The pic you see, that was one of my first little pieces I played around with to get a hang of the clay, how it feels in my hand.  I am currently building a sculpture over 40 cms tall of Ganesha.

Why Ganesha you might ask? Funnily enough, He is my muse. I start new things always keeping Him in my mind and heart.

The sculpture classes have really pushed me out of my comfort zone. When we paint, we only think about what exactly the canvas will show in front of us. Sure, we paint 3D objects, but we are still thinking about, and looking at the front of the canvas.

In sculpture, we are forced to think about all the angles. It is not only what happens in the front of the sculpture, but also the sides, how will the back look and build up, and most importantly, the inside of the sculpture. If the inside is not strong enough, if the sides or the back haven’t been thought out, the sculpture can risk collapsing when fired. You simply cannot ignore any part or angle of the sculpture.

It made me think … we as humans, we pay so much attention on how we come across to other people. The front we put up. How we look. How we dress.What cars we drive. How much money someone has. The color of their hair or eyes. Their shoes. The makeup. Similar to the canvas painting – the front and usually the most visible parts of us.

What we forget is that the real quality is actually all around us and within us. We rarely look at people and see the way their backs hold their posture, the way their neck holds their head so elegantly. We rarely see the whole body, the actual curves, the hidden curves behind the good fitting clothes.  What lies inside of them, the strength within them, the dreams and fears they carry inside, who they really honestly are. What their eyes are trying to show us. What their soul is saying to us.

Sculpture is certainly an incredible journey, one that connects my hands to me. One I don’t see leaving my path soon.