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As priceless as your unburdened face


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Good tidings to someone who really deserved it, is what inspired this poem.

Lips are made for smiles,
Feet tap to the beat of a joyful heart
Ears, capture the vibrations of victory &
Eyes, mirror the reflection of life’s paillette.

Time is now to honour life,
Celebrate & venerate its beauty
Crash through high tides &
Assess the futility of worry.

Be as free as the wriggly faces of a new born
Dare break down the fences of conventions
Walk & skip along frilled narrow lanes
Pick up the struggling caterpillar

Gently helping it down on to the familiarity
Of grass, ITS civilization, escaping
Temporarily the harshness of asphalt.
Those are the biggest triumphs…

And as priceless as your unburdened face.

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Amazing Lives – Coma Miracle – patients in a coma are being woken with a sleeping drug


If this post could help or give the slightest hope to one person out there, it would have been worthwhile. I would consider myself the luckiest & privileged to have stumbled upon this video.
Here, patients locked in a vegetative state are miraculously being woken with a sleeping drug called, Stilnox a South African brand name for Zolpidem.

Published on 2 Jul 2014
In a small South African town, patients locked in a vegetative state are miraculously being woken with a sleeping drug. Dr Wally Nel, the local GP who stumbled upon this phenomenon, has now helped hundreds of brain damaged patients and may be the verge of an extraordinary medical breakthrough. The film contains a television first when Diana, a woman locked in a barely conscious state speaks for the first time in three years. It also features Louis, the first patient woken by the drug seven years ago. A new brain scan reveals some startling results which suggest that the sleeping pill may actually trigger regeneration of brain cells.
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How plastic bags are used to save the lives of premature babies


This is the very short but extraordinary story. A proof that sometimes small ideas can make big differences. The ones that can save a life.

Published on 21 Oct 2015
How plastic bags are used to save the lives of premature babies

Pink, tiny and birdlike, doctors did not expect newborn Pixie Griffiths-Grant to survive longer than an hour.
Delivered three months premature by Caesarean section, she was lighter than half a bag of sugar and smaller than her mother’s hand.
As she was rushed to intensive care, her parents faced the devastating prospect she may not make it.
But doctors saved her life by immediately bundling her into put her into a Tesco sandwich bag, which kept her warm and mimicked the conditions of her mother’s womb.
After overcoming infections, operations, and blood transfusions, Pixie, now five months old, is at home with her family, and is thriving.

Pixie’s mother Sharon Grant, 37, said: ‘As soon as she was born, they gave her a little hat and put her straight into the bag to keep her body temperature up.
‘After that they wrapped her in bubble wrap and got her straight to intensive care.
‘It was so random that they had her in the Tesco bag – it must have just been what the operating theatre had at the time.’
Mrs Grant, of Goonhavern, Cornwall, was forced to give birth three months early after scans revealed her unborn baby had stopped growing in the womb at just 20 weeks.

The first-time mother, who runs Floral Fancies florist in Perranporth, Cornwall, said: ‘My placenta and umbilical cord weren’t feeding her properly.
‘I was in and out of hospital for eight weeks being scanned constantly to see if she had grown, but she put on about 20g in those eight weeks.
‘It was so scary having to get her checked all the time and I had all the doctors telling me all this bad news. It was awful.
‘They wanted to get her to a certain weight before they delivered her, but she wasn’t growing to that size.’
At about 6pm on May 11 – 28 weeks into her pregnancy – doctors told Mrs Grant that she needed to have her baby that day.

How plastic bags are used to save the lives of premature babies
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Unstoppable 100-year-old works 6 days a week


Amazing short video of a beautiful lady blessed with longevity & gifted with a smile that lights up the skies!

Published on 20 Oct 2015
Felimina Rotundo works six days a week washing clothes at a local Laundromat, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon, even at the age of 100.
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Aurora borealis. (Northen sky display) Oil painting


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And on a softer tone…
Northern light display in the sky.
This is the continuation of an abstract
collection called “Zen collection” this
time in oil paint.

Thanks so much for all your support even after
a long absence due to intensive painting!
Your fidelity is duly appreciated 🙂

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Fiery sunset. Oil painting.


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Since beginning the motherhood portrait in oil painting I have ventured in the thrill of texture from another angle and have tremendous pleasure with its results.
Sea in all seasons is my passion which makes this creative moment one of delight & inspiration.
Check under the category poetry for poems on the subject…
Please scroll down for the close up.

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Bonfire 4 Finally complete 100/160cm


Bonfire 4 100-160m. 19.10.2015-a-1-

This is (most probably) the last of the four Bonfires in this collection.
I went bigger with this canvas (twenty centimeters taller than the previous one).
What I like with painting is that each project of the same theme is unique in its own right.
I never let go of my paintings until I am so complete & happy with it they become my babies 😉
How do you compare them & which one is your favorite?
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Wrist trouble & The motherhood collection


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This is a work belonging to the motherhood collection (in oil painting as a first!) I have been busy with for a while. I wanted desperately to get back to painting but hurt my wrist yesterday. Being the receiver of various successful homeopathy treatments for the past twenty five years I had in my first aid kit Arnica 200k and took it not really expecting immediate results and to my surprise ten minutes went by with an easing of the pain.
Today I left the stiff bandage on and was glad to find I could use my hand carefully nevertheless managing to tuck in a few hours of work!

Do not take my medical advice, I am not a doctor, just wanted to share this surprising outcome.
Wishing all my followers a very good week continuation 🙂

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Getting rid of excessive luggage


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Getting rid of excessive luggage came about as I was having a conversation with a dear friend about making amends & the stress that comes along with it.
As it often happens in Whatsup there were fragments of conversations which had to be rearranged which is what I have been doing all day 😉
I hope this will be as enjoyable to read as enlightening!

To understand how to go about Step eight we have to learn how to let go & one way of doing it is by searching in the works of our contemporary philosophers.

Eckhart Tolle says in The power of now,
Pride is ego, ego becomes mind, mind becomes thought, thought becomes emotion…

In order to internalise this concept introduced so beautifully to us in his book, it has become a must to read over & over again.
As habit forming creatures the next step to take would be to exercise that idea, thus creating a behaviour pattern, resulting in ownership.

Impatience here is a killer. It leads to frustration which leads to… you get the picture 😉
Everything done is a step by step, moment by moment process. All that is asked of us is to do what is possible, right now. No more. We cannot bite more than a mouthful.
What we want to fix now (ALL our past behaviour) is fixed in God’s time not ours. Maybe it is time we try to delegate, not tick it all off our list.

By the way, fixing the now is what fixes our past because every second of now becomes immediately past the second after.

Nevertheless, we can understand where we come from. We focus all of our energy working on our past in order to be happy now. But by being happy now with what IS might be an effective way of dealing with our past. It’s simply planning our strategy differently.

Mind is made for practical reasons. For decision making, promote DOING, planning…
By overusing it, it becomes an opponent. Overthinking being so common nowadays, has become a dis-ease we are unaware of. Negative emotions are the results.
Nothing good has ever come out of it.

Dealing effectively with the present moment (which is all that is real in this world) enables us to deal with what we call past.

Another thing worth to mention… although some might disagree, we could try to keep in mind to use our common sense, not search for people to dictate us & if they do, practice sifting, as we have been so beautifully taught in o.a literature.
People are not a higher power, they are human & speak from a human perspective, sometimes even a personal one. After all they’re here to help, out of their experiences & challenges. Every challenge is different but we can consider the possibility that advice, in some cases, can be very helpful.
What we strongly believe is right, what we feel comfortable & at peace with, is a pleasant way indeed, going against your gut feeling is being out of tune. If possible, create a quiet meditative place in your mind unencumbered by ego, when you want to make important decisions.

We were given a mind so we can reason, make sense out of things coming our way, we are no robot with a program built by a higher intelligence. Some might disagree here too, but having a difference in opinion is no tragedy. We can respect that.
Let’s try to see it from a different angle…

If our ego is out of the way we have our path clear to go forward. Nobody can contradict such logic.

We can only feel comfortable dealing with our past & make amends IF we can step out of our SELF. The ego.

Dr.Wayne Dyer said in one of his lectures… Unease creates dis-ease.
Nevertheless, we cannot make amends for the sole purpose of unburdening ourselves, that would be selfish. First we have to get rid of guilt before we can face the ones we have to make amends to, in an honest peaceful way.

We could do it forcefully but would you conscientiously choose to?

An inward cleansing so we can deal with amends efficiently might be the ideal ground.
Doing it out of love for the welfare of the recipient not ours, BECAUSE we have cleaned up our side is not such a crazy concept either.
Only then can it be dealt with, genuinely & honestly.
We have seen it over & over again, negative emotions produce unsatisfactory results, to say the least.
In short, loving ourselves is the way to do a satisfactory job. Changing directions & perspectives versus set & rigid ways of thinking might just be our salvation!

Challenges (even the ones seen as trivial in daily occurrences) happen in our life because it’s the right, the most perfect thing to happen. Sometimes we see it shortly after, others much later. The present is all that counts & our trust complete for he sees as we can never see… (or let’s say, by some gift, can sometimes see, in limited ways ;)).

Amends directed negatively might also be the ego speaking as a result of not having completed our inner job. Genuine amends can come from a place of inner peace, where worry, fear, guilt & stress cannot exist.
Fear of going back to eating compulsively as a result of not having done our amends has no future. Don’t be mistaken, getting the job done is a good thing, but doing it out of fear is accumulating points in our favour toward failure.

We could start with a first aid bandage.

By loving & respecting ourselves… learning how to LIVE. We radiate enough positivity to allow doors to open one after the other, invite miracles into our lives.
Amends has then the possibility to unfold naturally, the process is not a struggle anymore.
In short, if emotions (as fear) are the trigger to our escalation (toward food) then, maybe we can cut the chase, go to the root of the matter & try to deal with emotions rather than feeding them further.
Accept, surrender to the knowledge of our addiction. A fact not a tragedy. Actually, a point in our favour in the long run. Live with it rather than fight it. Fighting is fuel to fear, fear fuel to fight & we are gone on a roller coasters…
Teaching ourselves to live in its true sense (the one mentioned above) channelling our emotions adequately & effectively leaves us room to see the miracle of all life & living entities surrounding us, “fooling” our addiction (call it distraction if you want) by devoting ourselves to the beauty & gratitude inhabiting us moment by moment rather than what our mind calls, the ugly, the work or duty… Going with the flow is far less taxing by any means.

We can then cope with addiction, take it to its rightful place… the background.
Being aware of its presence without allowing it to invade every inch of our beautiful lives.

What I’m trying to say is that the most important tool to acquire in our beautiful life story is, to have peace. Having that, we emanate an energy that breaks away any resistance.
The results become spectacular & will stun us!

The only way I see amends in its true sense happening, is by getting rid of excessive luggage in a constructive way. Getting rid of it, as we mentioned earlier on, with the knowledge that we are human, signing our path in life the best way we know how, with the best tools given, taking in account that sometimes we will be confronted with co-workers, partners, relationships we have chosen as a consequence.

If we manage to do that & be as kind to ourselves as we try to be to others (if not more, for the more we are with ourselves the more we can give to others) we can rest assured.

Success is on its way!

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