See It, Be It

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:

"Nothing More Than A Story" By Lisa Wilson

 

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:

I.

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.

II.

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.

www.LifeUnity.com  | Facebook : www.facebook.com/lifeunity  | Twitter : www.twitter.com/lifeunity

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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.

Bonus Entries:

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!!

Good Luck!!

53 thoughts on “See It, Be It

  1. Amanda says:

    While Lisa’s work has always pulled me in, this piece really pin points where I am in my life today. Today afters months (really it’s much longer than that but we’ll go with months) of endless stressing/worrying I decided to put my stress down and re-focus on my passions and the simple things in life. Like sitting under a tree just to watch the light dance on my leaves.

  2. Awesome post. Gratitude is such a key attitude that can be particularly difficult to instill in kids, but mostly because we have trouble with it ourselves. Thanks for the great post and the viewing of lovely painting!

  3. What she shares about how offten 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. That has been me over and over the last few months. Things I think are taking me off course or causing stress turn out to be blessings when I lean into them instead of running the other direction.

    This is a gorgeous painting and a lovely blog post with a lot of great things to remember.

  4. Amanda says:

    My inspirational quote was added to LifeUnity (For This To Shall Pass) and once I figure out what my Twitter account is I’ll tweet till the cows come home!

  5. Lisa Taunton says:

    Left my favorite inspirational quote(s) on Life Unity’s Facebook page. And of course I “LIKED” the page, but that’s been a while ago 😀

  6. ” infatuated obsession with expectation into a sensual ROMANCE with this moment. (Does that get your heart racing??)”

    Yes it does! There is so much of this post that speaks directly to me and what I am experiencing in my life RIGHT NOW, every day, every moment. Thanks for the beautiful words.

    (ps. I love the painting, but I also don’t need to be in this drawing – there are others that want it more than me, and other drawings I have and want to enter…. your words were just so powerful I wanted to connect.)

  7. Efsun Alper says:

    Yes!! This was the giveaway I have been waiting for! I have been bugging Kathy to do something with you Lisa, and ever since she gave me the good news, I’ve been waiting patiently (like a giddy schoolgirl on the inside!). I just have to say how much I enjoy witnessing your artistic journey which emulates and encapsulates your very being in your art. I feel very privileged to be a part of it, even from afar. I’m just so very happy that you and Kathy have found each other. You two make an amazing team!

  8. Efsun Alper says:

    As an added bonus, if I should receive this gorgeous painting (yes, please!), Kathy can come over and enjoy it anytime she likes! 😉

  9. Quite the inspiring post Lisa! (But not surprising – aren’t they always?) You know, I love art, but I’m very, very picky about what I want in my home. (And I usually can’t afford the pieces I do want.) But I LOVE this piece – it speaks to me on such a deep level. Maybe it’s because I am so ready to lay down my story. So… here’s hoping I’m the lucky pick! but I know it will go where it is meant to live. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  10. I just want to dive into this painting. As soon as I saw it, I just took a deep breath and took it in. The peace and beauty and mindfulness and knowing just make me take a step back. And then I see the title and nod, and it seems right as I am dealing to a number of stories I got bogged down in at the moment. Finally they are becoming nothing more than just stories. Thank you.

  11. I love this painting, it was one of the prizes I picked out on the opening post. I think it reaches into my desire to learn how to ‘stop’ and ‘be’. To take a breathe and sit under the tree.

  12. Melissa says:

    Everything I read that Lisa writes touches my life in the most profound way. She has the most loving and gentle way to point out what your heart already knows but your mind keeps hidden from you. And as for her art there are no words, just WOW’s!!

  13. Lisa’s painting is amazing! I think Lisa’s work and writing gives a beautiful example of how we can always change the story…we have the power to change our story. To stop, really stop and zero in on what we need to, to just be and find love in that and every moment we breathe. An Awareness Artist… I love that expression. Lately my motto is really a question, “how good can it get?!” Emphasis on the exclamation… ;o)

  14. Charlotte Louise Pettus says:

    Lisa’s words rock me back to my center. She speaks of those things I’ve learned, embodied, forgotten they were a part of me, and to the power of which I am now re-awakening. I love Lisa’s drive and her ability to hold on to her truths even as she grows and moves forward along her path. She’s truly takes root as a person of inspiration whose work and life path are as watching a rose coming into full bloom… you just want to eat up every second of it.

  15. Lisa said to come back and note that I left her a quote on Facebook, where I’ve been following her for a while now. The quote I chose was Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference”.

  16. I am breaking the rules. This painting does, indeed, have an impact on me, however, Lisa has had such an amazing impact, that I feel I need to mention that, instead. She and you, Kathy, together, have made me view the world in a new way. I focus on being and much of that is due to the influence of the two of you. I have seen you and Lisa set examples of how to live life freely and it has changed me. I have embraced that and shared that and now, I live that in as much as I am currently able. I am still growing, however, I will always look to the two of you as the cornerstone, the push, the shove, that got this spirit set aflame within me! I thank both you AND Lisa for every word you have uttered since the day I found each of you. That’s all. Kinda mushy, actually, but I’m okay with that! HA!

  17. I’m launching myself / being launched into a new phase of my life and so appreciate the reminder to have GRATITUDE for what is instead of constant desire for what might be. Ah yes. This is a challenge some days and such a joyful thing too.

  18. Carol J says:

    I was just listening to Lisa and Mark on Creative Mojo. WOW! Awareness… sounds like a lot to take in, but maybe, just maybe it might be the answer to finding peace in my life. Worth a try! Thank you Lisa!

  19. I love you all so so much! I want to reply individually (and still might), but am afraid I’ll just be repeating myself…honestly, I just want to thank you over and over and over. I’m honored!!

  20. Terri S Crum says:

    I left Lisa a quote on her FB page as Terri S Crum….I love her blog as I have just been reading there..she reminds me of many things that I have known but have covered with the cobwebs of my mind. I also tweeted as @tlcrum06

    thanks for this awesome giveaway/giveaways!!

    tlcrum06 @ att dot net

  21. Efsun Alper says:

    I left a quote on Lisa’s page too. I’ve liked her for quite sometime now 🙂
    “Peace at home, peace in the world.” Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (founder of modern Turkey)
    Love the buzz about this painting. Congrats Lisa!

  22. This is the quote I shared for Lisa on her FB page…Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

  23. Lisa is truly a wondrous soul. She has a way of speaking so gently while imparting such vital words of wisdom. I am thrilled to have seen her amazing progress both as an awareness artist and a spiritual leader. Thank you both for offering such beauty.

  24. http://hockmangirl.blogspot.com/

    I highly recommend paying a visit to Kitty. I recently had the pleasure of featuring her on my blog. She is kind-hearted and a GREAT lover of animals. She has been working hard to establish a farm animal sanctuary in honor of her grandparents. On her blog, you can meet her animal friends and also learn about her art (she is an excellent all-around crafter).

  25. What a beautiful painting, Lisa! Wow – thank you for being so generous.
    Your words really resonated with me. I have been feeling the pull for several years to meditate, but I resisted doing it until just a few weeks ago. I started A Month of Meditation on my blog, Soul Speak, because I wanted to create a space where we could all come to support each other in giving ourselves the gift of stillness and awareness each day. I’m honestly still feeling the resistance, but I am now on the 20th day and believe that I will continue this practice forever. For me, going back to the breath is remembering to live fully, and that’s something that I definitely want to keep doing. 🙂

  26. Lana Phillips says:

    I just breathed a gentle sigh when I saw Lisa’s painting….it calmed me and I wanted to climb into it.

    “Squeeze in beside someone so you are arm to arm. Stop moving away.”–Patti Digh

    One of my other favorite blogs besides Patti belongs to Rachelle Mee-Chapman–http://www.magpie-girl.com. She tends the soul with the utmost care and tenderness.

    And I tweeted!

  27. Melissa H. says:

    Very good…”inquire within and live the questions”…we don’t have to have all the answers to keep living life. Those words are inspiring, and a good reminder. Thanks! 🙂

  28. Kay Portmess says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a painting. I love it, I love your Facebook page too. It has reminded me to be PRESENT and aware. thank you again.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    The painting made me smile. It reminded me of a mom and kid looking up at a beautiful tree really soaking in the serenity of life. 🙂

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