Reality looks like this lately: stealing tiny moments to make small additions to current work. It’s an interesting time, so full of new lessons that I really am doing my best to take in. Such as PATIENCE! And TRUST! And SLOWNESS! (Although gosh, my 9month old seems to grow in the blink of an eye... and sometimes paintings do too, but, not often at the moment!) .
Here’s another bit of honesty... I’ve been getting myself all frustrated and self-critical because of how “little” I feel I’m getting done in my studio lately... BUT.. it occurred to me today as I added one little layer to this piece that perhaps that’s perfectly fine. It’s not a race! I’m still doing the work (albeit a little slowly)... the soul work doesn’t cease if I don’t pick up a brush every day. I’m constantly seeing my life as though it is one of my paintings lately. As I added this little hand painted paper to this current piece today I had this thought: Accept the slowness. What if instead I could try and savour those tiny moments, each tiny mark, or layer or colour.... I wonder if it would help me savour the other moments in my life with a little more peace and contentment. A sense of acceptance of this particular phase in my life and work. (Oh how I’m constantly reminded there’s no separation between my work on the canvas and my work on my soul / my experience of life is what makes my art....). .
#shareyourstory #intuitivepainting #artisametaphorforlife #consciouslife #artprocess #intuitiveliving #soulwork #acceptanceiskey #patience #dothework
#doitfortheprocess #artactivator #wip #slowdown #savourthemoment #meredithmallinpaintings
We spent today in wandering through the woods. If you’ve met our boys, you know that it’s never, ever a silent wander. Today it was an extensive stream of consciousness reflecting on our winter we spent at our little cabin in the woods. The places we discovered, rocks we jumped over and old trees we rambled along. It was a good time to reflect and enjoy the fact that here we were, same spot, just a year older. ⠀⠀
We went to the Cloud Gate in Chicago this past summer. There were tons of people staring up at themselves, capturing skewed selfies and trying to bend their reflections in funny ways. I don’t know what the artist was going for but I look at these pictures and think about the slightly bent angles my life was reflecting. It’s not a perfect life; some parts turn a little differently, others are more straight. I like to reflect to see how I’ve grown and to see where I could bend a stretch a little more. ⠀⠀
I just can’t stay there: sometimes you get caught in the past and it paralyzes you. Sometimes you get angry, caught up in all the blurred reflections. Sometimes you just need to take a selfie and leave... 📸🧘🏼♂️ #slowgoodlife #reflection
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Pretty good reminder above the sewing machine 👍🏻
9 months! Really! 9 months has already flow by for this baby girl! I can’t believe it! Little miss has quite the personality! She is finally belly laughing and it’s the cutest thing ever! Legit crawling everywhere! ( no more army crawl) and she’s fast! Got our first ear infection 😞 pulling herself up to standing, she’s mastered climbing the stairs! ( were in trouble) 😂😭 Can clap wave hi and bye! She babbles like crazy! Says dada and blows bubbles when you ask her to say Mama! 🤦🏼♀️ she finally loves bathtime, has learned to get into all and I mean ALL of her brothers toys! She is also quite fascinated by the iPad! We’ve had quite the month! I can’t believe double digits next month! #lolagirl #lolac #10months #slowdown #myasianbabygirl
This morning Blake woke up, put clothes on and went out into the living room to build his LEGO train he got for his birthday. He told us he picked his outfit out because it reminded him of a watermelon 🍉. It was then I realized my 5 year old boy is growing up, wanting to do things on his own and make his own decisions. It makes me so proud to see him taking control!! I LOVE YOU BUG!😍😎 #isitbecausehesfive #iloveyou #myboy #mammasboy #slowdown
slow down, my dear.
why do you rush?
you want a full life so you pack in full days: multitasking, the latest hacks, always go-go-go.
going so fast that everything becomes a blur.
FOMO drives you to “do it all,”
but by trying to do it all, you miss out on all of it.
time flies when you’re having fun,
but also when you’re scrolling and scrambling and filling every possible second with something.
stop with me for a moment.
take a breath, slowly. in and out.
take a break.
you’ll be amazed how much doing nothing amounts to something.
to make life longer, go slower.
Have to be honest. I've never been a winter person. I enjoy the rain sometimes but gloomy weather and snow has never been my fav. By the end of every winter season I start to feel alot of exhaustion and deep desire to just get somewhere warm. The start of the year is usually when things are supposed to get busy for people. But for me, its always been a season to slow down because I honestly get no energy for nothing. I fall short of reaching my goals and I disappoint myself. I often hear people feel their chronic pain symtoms worsen in winter..and that may be because of seasonal changes effects on mindset and also decrease of level of activity, vitamin D, sunshine, etc.
This week I couldnt even stand being on the computer. The more I pushed, the more unmotivated I felt the next day.
We really tend to forget that we are all part of nature, and winter is the time to slow down, sleep more, go within, but we don't stop the never ending cycle of GSD mode. If you also feel this way at this time of year..how do you handle it?
Right now my weekly routines switched to:
🍃Reduced workoutes from 5 times to 3-4 times/week and do more recovery routines.
🍃Limit my social media time (installed quality time app to track my usage and stay mindful)
🍃Read before bed and one hour after waking up 🍃Do EFT work and journaling daily
🍃Go outside for a walk to breath without my phone
Too busy. Do we even read our emails or full posts anymore? Heck, do we even fully read texts or do we skim everything? We are so busy being busy that we miss depth, real understanding and knowledge. I’m swamped with work and responsibilities but , life is passing quickly. I don’t want to skim. I don’t want to miss the wonderful little things that make life bearable. Moms are particularly bad at slowing down . I’m there with everyone else. Searching for elusive pause button. Life is shorter than we think and if we are waiting for less responsibilities , retirement or for life to somehow add on time for us , we are going to have regrets. In my work, I deal with people who are sick, really sick. People who are dying or close to leaving the world never have said they wished they worked more. Never have they said I wish I’d hung out at the gym longer hours, or bought more shoes or had every latest gadget. They have all wished for more time to relax , take care of themselves and just be with their loved ones. Let’s slow down ladies. We want it , we need it. #slp
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Earlier this week my lovely Aunty and I met at Ringwood Lake for our first “change of the seasons”...our shared intention for 2018 as a way to make sure we remain present in life and observe the changes both outside but also within us. Adding our 2018 twist to ancient equinox traditions...we collected some local leaves and witnessed their changing colours but also the promise of new life to come from the tiny buds along the branches. We burnt some gorgeous natural incense (in a terracotta pot decorated by my Aunt) while we shared the harvests we have had in our lives over the last 12 months & the plans that didn’t come to fruition. As a letting go ritual we made some origami boats (creation) and let them float away then shared a seasonal feast that always works out just right when it’s my Aunt and I - whatever one person forgets the other remembers and if not, we make do and enjoy anyway. With a year that has already whizzed by faster than I expected, it was beautiful to stop for a few hours and observe the cycle of change happening both around me and in me #autumn #autumn2018 #autumnequinox #pagan #traditions #family #harvest #lake #orange #leaves #incense #slowdown #grateful
Won’t you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it’s all too fast
Let’s make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down #mycub #slowdown #handsome
It’s looking like the 21 hours of labor were worth it! Happy 15th Birthday Abbs. You are the greatest gift I’ve ever even blessed with. 💜 I’m so very proud of the young women you are becoming.
It all happens in #albertpark
.....the Melbourne Grand Prix is on and our suburb is buzzing with fast cars, visitors from around the World and a great atmosphere 🏎🏎🏎
The cars are going faster and faster. What about you? Do you seem to go faster and faster and around in circles? The good news is, we’re open for business today, Friday and Saturday. So if you need to escape the fast pace and the vroom vroom of life I suggest you enter the race for the last few relaxing acupuncture appointments available. To book call 9699 2593 or jump online www.naturalwellnessalbertpark.com.au