So my very very dear friend, Lisa of LifeUnity is here. You may remember her from this and this guest post here at Bliss Habits, but even more likely you now know her as the VERY generous Awareness Artist who has offered the gorgeous encaustic painting you see pictured here for one lovely Bliss Habits reader. We’ll get back to that at the end of this post where you’ll get all the details.
But, before you go racing down there, I invite you to take a deep breath and give your self the present of being present with Lisa’s wise words as her thoughtful counsel leads you toward the Habit of Bliss:
There are infinite ways to experience this thing we call life.
Think about it.
You probably have a route that you take quite frequently – to work or to the grocery store. Think about your experience of that drive when you are late and
suddenly there are nothing but slow drivers blocking every lane. Think about your experience of that drive when you are with a loved one, or perhaps when
you are taking that route one last time before leaving for a vacation.
Of course, others experience that drive completely differently (like a stranger to your town who stumbled upon that road). Some ways of experience lead to
stress, some to peace, and some just are.
We spend a great deal of our time judging which ways of experience are the right ways and which ways are the wrong ways.
Science vs. religion, stay-at-home parents vs. working parents, money-lovers and money-haters…we all have our ways of seeing life’s experiences and
navigating through them.
At LifeUnity, my motto is “It begins with awareness”. I call myself an Awareness Artist.
One of my primary passions in life is to move us all outside of these judgments and to take us into a way of experiencing the magic of the mundane.
Your lovely hostess of this blogaversary-apooloza, Kathy, and I share many beliefs about this – one of those being that we must practice in order
to experience. (We can’t sit on the couch knowing exercise is good for us and expect that knowledge alone to get us fit.)
And as you practice, you develop a habit.
I thought I’d invite us into a little Bliss-Awareness
– taking those habits that have been so lusciously explored here at Bliss Habits and playing a bit with our perspective. Sometimes all it takes is a new
perspective to get us energized enough to turn that seeing into doing.
Try a couple of bliss-habit-perspectives and see how they feel:
When we INQUIRE about the ORDER of our lives, we are SURPRISED to find that no one truly has the answers.
Confused but determined, we set forth with MOXIE, driven by a deeper PASSION to know why, to understand more than just how to make a
paycheck. Often we are driven off course by fear and sheer frustration of the magnitude of it all. But the farther we journey, the deeper into our own
SERENITY we stumble.
As we discover this fluid peace underneath the constant change, we synchronously find a COMMUNITY of like souls who are tapped into this peace. We learn
that we are not alone.
With deeper GRATITUDE than we have ever known, we begin a ROMANCE with life and with Mother Earth herself. We dance with the rain and splatter paint on
canvas even as we navigate rush hour and board room meetings. We find a sense of WHIMSY in doing what used to be boring, mundane chores.
The more alive we become the more the magic of this very moment is revealed to us
And when it is, it is nearly impossible to not find JOY in the soapy bubbles in the sink or the feeling of grass tickling our naked feet.
With HUMILITY we acknowledge this greater, awe-inspiring mystery and begin our exploration into a new, co-CREATIVE way of being.
Ironically, it takes a lot of MOXIE to find one’s way into SERENITY.
In our whirlwind, PASSION-driven society, we are encouraged to do more, be more. Many of us find excitement in this path (for there is a fantastic JOY in pursuing such an enthusiastic lifestyle)… yet, at the end of the day, are SURPRISED by how much we still suffer.
It is time for a new way.
It is time to have GRATITUDE for what is instead of constant desire for what might be. It is time to rely on COMMUNITY instead of replacing
person-to-person exchange with monetary exchange.
With a sense of HUMILITY, we acknowledge we do not have the answers. Instead, we INQUIRE within and live the questions.
This isn’t a boring, sit-around-and-ponder-all-day type lifestyle. The enthusiasm we felt previously isn’t lost within this silence. We transform infatuated obsession with expectation into a sensual ROMANCE with this moment. (Does that get your heart racing??)
CREATIVITY blossoms as we take responsibility for our own actions and the ripples we send out in our connected pool of being. Life becomes a series of
WHIMSICAL adventures – adventures no longer relying on the attachment to outcome, but rather arising quite naturally from an inner peace and knowing. We
come back into alignment with the unknowable ORDER of existence.
Through releasing what was no longer needed, we find exactly that for which we were searching.
Whatever perspectives you take on the day ahead of you, may you find a bit of release from the stresses of judgment (of others and of yourself). May
you continuously return to your breath and find peace in your practice. May you see the beauty that ripples from such a practice and may you be the
blissful love that results.
And may such ways of being turn into a habit.
Namaste, and thank you deeply to Kathy for allowing me to be a contributing Merrymaker.
LISA RENEE WILSON
is An Awareness Artist, inviting everyone into a mindful experience of this moment. From doing the dishes to dancing barefoot in the summer rain, Lisa
journeys alongside those who long to LIVE. Lisa writes at LifeUnity.com, creates, and offers art as Mindfulness Reminders and Awareness Invitations. She
currently leads a Free mindfulness project (learn more at www.lifeunity.com/wild-elephant-project), with more classes coming soon. Lisa is also a yoga
teacher and Reiki practitioner, as well as a “Buddhist-dabbler”. She is blessed to practice out of Bloomington, IN while accompanied by a loving husband,
two young children, and an iced chai never far from hand.
Thank you so much Lisa! I caught myself breathing deeply several times as I was reading! Thank you for leading us to Bliss!
And now on to the Amazing Giveaway:
“Nothing More Than A Story” Encaustic Painting by Lisa Wilson
Beautiful original painting (not a print!)
Title: Nothing More Than A Story
Material: Encuastic, Oil, Paper on Cradled Board (will come ready to hang)
Size: 12″ x 12″ x ~3/4″ deep
Inspired By: the quote by Pema Chodron, “You are the sky. Everything else is just weather”
How to win this fabulous painting!
1. Leave a comment about how this post or Lisa’s marvelous painting made a difference or had an impact for you.
2. Visit LifeUnity’s Facebook Page and leaveLisa a note with your favorite inspirational quote. (If you don’t already, why not also “like” her page while you are there!)
3. Spread some love. In a separate comment below tell us about a website or blog you love and provide a link so we can say hello!
4. Tweet the following:
I just entered to win a GORGEOUS Encaustic Painting by @LifeUnity in the @BlissHabits Blogversary #apolooza http://bit.ly/encaustic1
Do all four and you have four chances to win!
Winner will be selected at random from all entries received by Sunday, June 3, 2012
We have a winner!! Congratulations Lisa!
Check out the completer Blogversary-apolooza giveaway list and learn how you can double your chances!!