Full-Page Editorial is a Photo of a Sand Sculpture Imploring People to Reduce Plastic Use

seavoice-newspaper-2‘Full Page Editorial’ Sand Sculpture by Toshihiko Hosaka Implores Japan to Reduce Plastic

Look closely, and you will see that those dark spots are people on the beach!  And then you will see the amazing nature of this photograph.  Click on the link above to read more about this at This is Colossal, one of our favorite art websites.

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How the ARTS Can Save the World

logoEvery morning we begin our day with The Optimist Daily, an uplifting newsletter bearing good news for all of us.   This morning, we came upon this amazing piece of art, a video outlining the solutions we are all hoping beyond hope will come to make our world a better place to be, with Alexandria Ortega-Cortez.  Using ART as a tool to overcome fear and skepticism, this article points out how it can actually be done, how we can stop being afraid of the future, afraid of one another, and afraid of the machine that is so well crafted to keep us in the fear.   There are some surprising things in this article, as well as in the video, so PLEASE, spend some time taking it all in, and SHARE it all around.  Watch the video here:

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Check OUT this Innovative Idea to Make A Difference in the World!

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We recently happened upon this article describing Garden Pool, and are so encouraged to see that this and so many other projects are moving forward to help improve the status quo for food production and sustainability.  This project began in a man’s empty swimming pool in his back yard in Arizona, and has spread to undeveloped countries to help them learn to grow more food with less water, create seed banks, and much more.

 Garden Pool is a federally recognized 501(c)3 international public charity dedicated to research and education of sustainable development.  Our operations are based in downtown Mesa, Arizona and we have an office in Trinidad & Tobago. We’re working on bringing the GP system to the rest of the world!

The GP (short for Garden Pool) was a one of a kind creation invented by Dennis McClung in October of 2009. It is truly a miniature self-sufficient food-system. Rather than keeping our creation to ourselves, we have decided to share it with others. GPs are being built all over the world offering an easy and sustainable solution to current food production challenges. The Garden Pool system uses more than 98% less water than conventional farming methods, has next-to zero external inputs, uses no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and raises very nutritious food!

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Keep Your Balance

 

spiralized beets and carrots with massaged kale and topped with sardines! Yummmmm...

spiralized beets and carrots with massaged kale and topped with sardines! Yummmmm…

We have come to absolutely LOVE this dynamic young entrepreneur who  ROCKS spiralizing.  Her story is inspiring, her contributions to healthy eating, and her wisdom in this blog is worth repeating.

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Food is the Best Medicine

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Food!  Glorious Food!  There’s always more delicious, nutritious, amazing offerings of nature to support our best health and vitality!  For a full page of Calley’s great tips for making the wisest choices for your glowing health, click HERE

Surprisingly, SALT is among those superfoods that our bodies cannot live without, AND, healthy salt is not just any salt.  For more information about the best uses and choices of salt, click HERE.   (With thanks to Jess, at Jen Reviews for sharing our posts as well.)

Welcome to a New Year of The Full Body Elixir.

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USING YOGA PRINCIPLES TO AWAKEN THE ARTIST WITHIN Simple guidelines for great success in drawing.

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Click here to check out Calley’s progress on her latest RAMA EXHIBITION painting, currently in progress at Four Seasons Hualalai every Monday and Friday from morning til evening.

  1. Relax! Deep breathe.  Focus on the feelings in your body and open up a mantra.  My natural state is creativity.
  2. Start small, choosing a simple object to draw with your intention set to effortless ease, joyous play, and seeing clearly without thinking.
  3. Keep it simple. This is a simple pleasure. Simplicity is beauty.
  4. Format: Lift up your hands, put your thumbs together and make a hand square frame to size and shape the view.  It’s magic!
  5. Meditate.  Breathe deeply.  Quiet your mind.  Stay conscious with an upright alive tall and youthful posture. Come into the now.  Drawing is a healing meditation.  This is about enjoying what you see, not what you have heard drawing is.
  6. Begin to draw the basic structure very, very lightly. This is a key.  See the basic relationships, the underlying structure and the overall shapes and lay them in first to get a sense of the proportions.
  7. See, feel and draw the textures. Let your imagination flow into your arm and hand. It’s all texture.  Let joy flow to your heart and just play, letting the movement of your hand mimic the texture.
  8. Look at what you are drawing and not at your paper. Looking far to near strengthens your eyes.
  9. Deepen and darken your lines progressively only as they please you. Yes, I like that.  Then emphasize it.  This will create living lines that breathe.  Intention shows through!
  10. Let the details wait. Do that which you have time to do.  Have fun with them while you stay true to the foundational structure.  Balance chaos and control.  Release!
  11. Diligently pay attention so you can hear and weed out judgmental, fearful and critical thinking. Drawing is not a competition; it is a meditation on expressing YOUR OWN creativity and perception NOW.  Have fun with the practice.  You don’t have to be a camera.  Express yourself.
  12. Practice. Practice. Carry a recycled paper drawing pad wherever you go. Use a 5 (light) then a 7 (medium) and finish off with a 9 (bold) HB click pencil with renewable erasers. Enjoy seeing clearly.  Keep Relaxing
  13. Read Frederick Franck’s the Zen of Seeing and practice.
  14. Be present and develop confidence through mantras in English.
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Check out Calley’s Revised Reading and Movies List!

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Check out this page for a list of Calley’s favorite books and movies!  Each one is linked to a source to find it, so you can stock up for summer reading and watching pleasure.  Just click the photo to the left for access to all her favorites.

 

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