The Artful Spirit – The Joy of Living Creatively

| January 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Concetta Antico

Learning how to see the beauty in our planet earth and in others is an artful skill that will bring greater joy to anyone who wants to experience life in a positive perspective.

A new year is ahead of us and we have the opportunity to appreciate the vast offerings in our world differently, by shifting our mental focus, by truly seeing.

Technically, we see through receptors which process what we see and send this information to our brain. This mental image creates emotion. So how you see dictates how you feel. Selective “happy” viewing can be obtained, which then results in a selective happy thoughts process. Respectively, optimistic viewing will create optimistic thinking.

Can you imagine wearing rose colored glasses every day? You can! You can choose to see things artfully. Simply “seeing” artfully will help you to appreciate every special detail in everything and everyone. Your new vision will bring you bliss from all you behold.

Re-visioning or re-seeing the world around you in 2013 can be attained by mental filtering. You start by throwing out the old and worn out focus that is negative, and deciding to only see a positive perspective. Filter out bad views and replace them with artful views. By amplifying your vision and being selective, the beauty around you will be realized and re-born.

Vision begins when light rays are reflected off an object and enter the eyes through the cornea. Light rays then pass through the lens to the retina converting the light into electrical impulses. The optic nerve sends these impulses to the brain where an image is produced. These images signal thoughts in the brain and it’s how we “see” or interpret these thoughts that can ultimately bring happiness and joy to our lives. By seeing our thoughts as always positive, an intense and pure elevation of the soul can emerge.

How do you change the way you think by “seeing” artfully?

Making changes in your thinking that last is not easy. To gain a good understanding you must start with the statement, “you are what you see.” This is a truism of life. It’s the way you look at things around you that can alter your thinking. A prime example: some people see a
glass half empty while others see it as half full. By approaching the world around you from an optic point of view, you can positively program your mind to think, feel and behave in utopia.

Have you ever looked at an object and been displeased? When seeing artfully, your displeased state is an opportunity for you to exercise seeing what is good. There is always good. If you cannot find anything good then the simple task of trying is “seeing” artfully. This activity of encouraging yourself to see beauty in the unpleasant is an activity that can stimulate positive thinking. And when practiced regularly, can elevate your sense of well being, making you a happier, more attractive and loving person.

The world around us is an amazing place! Too often we take for granted its beauty, and we no longer “see” it. The new year brings us an opportunity to focus on our vision. I urge you to take time out of your day to truly see what is around you.

Seeing artfully is simply a new way of viewing the world. What do you look at when you “see”? Is your mind telling you to hurry? Are you in a bad mood and therefore not willing to take the time to see the roses, let alone smell them? Are you using “presumed” vision – skipping over the actual with the thought that you have “seen it all before”? It’s a shame to miss it with preconceived vision.

If you don’t take the time to truly look – you cannot develop what I would like to term “microscopic vision.”

What I mean is seeing not the big picture but the tiny details: the specifics in every part of our world that we often see, but not really. This is something that all artists use when they create. You can use it too. By using your new, “microscopic” vision you will be entranced with the special details of everything. Consider the unique colors in the eyes of your loved one, the nuances of the petal shapes of the flowers in your garden, the dappled sunlight on the lawn, the wisps and shades of colored clouds in a sunset. When did you last stop to look deeply at a sunset?

Consider the complexity and color of a butterfly’s wing, the movement of the ocean’s foam and the colors in it, the sweet freckles on a beloved face, the pattern and texture of bark on a tree or the sparkle of the holiday season.

You will see the real beauty of creation when you look deeper.

Start to see the parts and pieces that make the whole in everything. You will realize how very special it all is and be amazed with child-like wonder! When you start to re-vision, to look closely, true beauty will be revealed and you will partake in visual happiness. Do this and you will truly be seeing from the heart so that in 2013 your eyes will be the secret path to the bliss you can live.

Happy New Year!

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