Conseils pour « vivre la belle vie » avec un « budget d’ artiste »

Un article fantastique qui illustre comment se simplifier la vie, se centrer sur nos besoins, et profiter. Je découvre ce blog ce matin, et les 3 articles que j’ai lu sont de cette trempe. Un blog magnifiquement inspirant, je recommande !

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10 leçons pour l’artiste en herbe

Merci infiniment à Lune pour cette trouvaille :

Comment devenir un artiste triste et misérable ? Facile ! Suivez le guide… Ou pas :

  1. Vous comparer constamment aux autres artistes.
  2. Parler de ce que vous faites à votre famille, et attendre d’elle des encouragements.
  3. Miser le succès de toute votre carrière sur un seul projet.
  4. Vous en tenir à ce que vous connaissez.
  5. Sous-évaluer vos compétences.
  6. Laisser l’argent dicter ce que vous faites.
  7. Céder face aux pressions sociales.
  8. Créer uniquement des œuvres que votre famille pourrait apprécier.
  9. Répondre à n’importe quelle demande de vos clients / galeristes / patrons / investisseurs.
  10. Vous fixer des objectifs inatteignables et écrasants à réaliser pour le lendemain.

« Love is in the valley »

Se balader sur le site de Thorn Coyle ça n’est pas juste avoir des réflexions sur la magie et le paganisme. C’est trouver des points d’ancrage dans soi-même et dans sa vie, aller au plus près de la spiritualité. Voici un petit article qui m’a beaucoup parlé.

Love is the valley in which you wander. Every day, we choose to set our feet upon the path. Again. Every day we seek that which feeds us and find inside that which we can offer. Every day we have to recommit to our lives, our relationships, our work, and our soul’s calling. Cut the ties that bind you to the past. Let the past be carried in cells and memory, not in this constant reliving. You are living now. Breath the sweet air that carries this message: life occurs in milliseconds. Things are born and destroyed in the blink of an eye. The future depends upon how you live today. Make your plans then let them be. Focus on the choices of the moment. Be here now. Live.

Do you choose to live in strength? Do you choose to waken beauty? Let us dance.


Créer son idéal de vie !

Voilà une idée toute simple qu’elle est bonne !

Elle vient des anglophones, d’un blog que je suis de temps à autres. L’idée est la suivante : pour commencer, répondre à une série de questions concrètes pour cerner notre vie actuelle. Ensuite pouvoir la comparer avec nos idéaux, ce qui parle à notre coeur, car cette mise à l’écrit est un véritable plus pour visualiser ce qui nous voulons vraiment. Elle offre un panorama synthétique de notre vie. Le fond de cette idée étant évidemment d’effectuer des ajustements nécessaires pour vivre plus en accord avec soi-même. Et finalement, pour aller plus loin nous pouvons matérialiser directement notre projet ou idéal de vie : en réalisant un tableau de notre vie souhaitée (board of your life vision).

Voici les étapes pour définir votre vision :

Step 2: Your Career

  • If you could work in any job doing exactly what you want, what would you do?
  • Where would be you working?
  • How many days/hours a week?
  • How much would you make?
  • Who would you work with?
  • How would you feel in this job?

Step 3: Your Relationships

  • Describe the primary love relationship in your life (even if it doesn’t exist right now).
  • How do you communicate and interact?
  • What do you do together?
  • How do you solve problems together?
  • How do you have fun together?
  • Describe your relationship with your children and other family members.
  • Describe your relationship with friends and co-workers.

Step 4: Your Health and Wellness

  • Describe how you feel physically.
  • How often and how much do you exercise?
  • What kinds of food do you eat regularly?
  • How do you take care of your mental health to live a balanced life with little stress?
  • How do you take care of your spiritual needs?

Step 5: Your Lifestyle

  • Describe your home — the size, the design, the decor, the location.
  • What do you do regularly for fun and relaxation?
  • What do you do for continued learning, self-improvement, and personal growth?
  • Where and how often do you travel?

Step 6: Your Finances

  • Describe in general terms your financial situation — your balance of income, expenses, savings, etc.

Step 7: Your Life Vision

Using all of your answers above (and anything else you may want to add), write a life vision for yourself in paragraph form, as though you are writing a story about yourself in first person. Keep this vision posted or where you can look at it often.

Ensuite quelques remarques pour la phase d’ajustement :

  • If you aren’t sure about your vision for some of the life areas, that’s fine. Just write a very loose or general answer. Sometimes it take time for your vision to become clear.
  • You can change or alter it any time you wish. It’s your vision after all.
  • You may not achieve everything on your life vision, at least not all at once. And maybe never. That’s OK. Because the real boldness in life isn’t in the achievement of your vision. It’s in taking the actions to get there.
  • You don’t have to work on everything at once. In fact, you shouldn’t. Pick the most important thing to you now, or just choose anything in the vision, and break it down into the smallest possible tasks and actions. Then start taking the actions.
  • Try to take an action toward your vision every day. Even if you feel crappy. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever get there. Even if it’s a teeny tiny, itty bitty action. Every step forward, no matter how small, brings you closer to your vision.
  • Visualize your vision. Visualize yourself taking the actions to create your vision. This isn’t magic. There is real science behind visualization. You are rewiring your brain and creating new neural pathways to support the changes you are making.
  • Enjoy the process! Most of life is lived during times of process, not achievement.

Et finalement, pour la partie créative, pour réaliser votre tableau (message issu de la newsletter) :

So what is a Vision Board? It is simply a poster board filled with the images matching your life vision.

The purpose: to surround yourself with reminders of the life you want to have and are working toward creating. 

It’s fun to do and definitely gets you in the right frame of mind for taking action on your vision. It is also a fun project to work on with your spouse or family.

Here’s what to do:

1. Get a poster board, a big stack of magazines, and some glue or rubber cement.
2. Go through the magazines and tear out images and words that reflect the various aspects of your life vision.
3. Pick your favorites and start gluing them to the poster board. You can add writing or other design embellishments if you are inclined.
4. Put a photo of yourself in the middle of the vision board.
5. Place the vision board where you can see it every day. 

Je pense que ceux qui sont plus doués à l’ordinateur peuvent se lâcher sur leurs logiciels. Mais le côté « farfouille » de faire ça à la main doit vraiment être transformateur : rassembler des magazines, des images, mettre en page…. Prendre un tableau en liège avec des « pin’s », faire un tableau sous verre, ou juste un carton, ou un grand dessin… c’est très souple et plein de choses rigolotes à faire ! Voici un exemple de Vision Board envoyé dans la newsletter :

Je manque un peu de temps et d’imagination, mais je ferais bien mon propre « Vision Board » ! Un poster positif géant à notre image…. comme un havre de positif et une source d’encouragement tous les jours.

L’illusion de la pensée positive et son de vérité ?

Une réflexion que je mène également… car même si j’apprécie la pensée positive, et que j’essaie de devenir quelqu’un de positif, je ressens aussi beaucoup de contradictions, et je ressens ce côté « non naturel ». Devenir tout positif est une illusion quand même, parce que parfois c’est inapproprié. Voici un article très court qui fait réfléchir sur le sujet, mais ce qui m’attire le plus c’est la conclusion :

I am probably one of the most positive people you have ever met (even being able to claim that is a sign, isn`t it). In fact I think positive all the time and it is difficult for me to see a problem somewhere where most of the people see it.

However I am not following the religion of positive thinking, and I will tell you why.

There are situation where positive thinking can even harm – in a way of hiding the true picture of the issue. Cerulo, a professor at Rutgers University, wrote a book last year called Never Saw It Coming. She points out that medical workers and computer technicians—the professional troubleshooters of the world—keep our bodies and mainframes running by being paragons of pessimism. When doctors and IT workers take up a case, they begin by dispassionately assuming the worst and then move up from there. Their protocols demand precise and evolving definitions of the most severe maladies and malfunctions, while they tend to have fuzzy and almost absentminded definitions of health, well-being, and normal function. Facing a problem helps more that just being positive about it!

Since much is being spoken about positive thinking, one recent American study has shown some interesting results on the topic.

A patient’s positive or negative emotional state has no direct or indirect effect on cancer survival or disease progression, according to a large-scale new study. Published in the December 1, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study found that emotional well-being was not an independent factor affecting the prognosis of head and neck cancers.

So why am I, myself being a positive thinking person oppose it so persistently? For the same reason that I oppose many psychological methods and techniques – for the “unnatural” nature of them!

I believe that the positivity is something that comes from within, and it can not  – and should not! – be trained. Positive thinking can be taught, no doubt. But isn`t it strange when people “try to think positive”? Whatever one does on purpose does not really work in a proper way. One has to be authentic. Natural. Innocent like a child… Then everything works.

You BECOME positive when you touch your deeper SELF.

When the true beauty of your nature reveals through every cell of your body, every movement of your soul, every sparkle of your thought.