Posted by carolom on September 21, 2010
World Peace Begins at Home!
Peace, harmony, balance, generating feelings of relaxation and well being.
Being centered and relaxed with the Mind at rest. These are the Gifts of Mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning Circle.
I created the following Mandala poster for Women living in the domestic violence shelters where I was working, after a newly arrived resident pointed out that the shelter walls were covered in anti-violence posters but all she saw was the word violence all around her and negative imagery and it didn’t feel like a safe place to be on account of that. Shelters often have posters that are considered ‘educational’ but her observations brought into question their true value and worth.
It was a very important message she gave to the staff and I thank her for her invaluable feedback. We invited feedback from other residents and they too made comments such as “that one that says ‘domestic violence hurts kids’ made my little boy frightened especially that one of the woman cowering with her kids in the background”.
We listened to what we were being told through the eyes of women who had come to live at the shelter at a point of chaos and danger in their life and systematically removed all of the words and images that were not aligned with Peace and positivity.
We refocused on Peace to create Peace no longer using the word violence in order to reach its opposite and the other posters and pamphlets that dealt with issues of violence and poverty were in the filing cabinet and only brought our if necessary during group conversations.
The World Peace Begins at Home poster continues to be one of the most popular of what became my ART of Change tools and now lives in many houses on fridges and bathroom doors, each one coloured differently from the next.
It is not only Women living in domestic violence who are leading busy, chaotic lives though It is important for all of us to take some time to breathe, relax, play and create! That’s why Mandalas for colouring in are received so well by women who are living in shelters and women who are looking for some balance in their busy busy lives.
If you would like a copy of the black and white World Peace Begins at Home template, leave me a message with your email address and I will happily and freely share it with you.
*Please see note below for the Dedication of this poster.
This Mandala is freely shared in dedication to the special memory of my friend Janet who lost her life in domestic violence in 2001.
We used to sing “Give Peace a Chance” when we were young and loving life back in the 70′s and neither of us could have known where Janets path would take her.
Travel in Peace my beloved friend….
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Posted by carolom on June 11, 2010
On recent trips to the Riverland and to our EarthSong site I was reminded how blessed we are if we have family, friends, food and clear air….
The beautiful Ngarindjerri Goddess with style Deanna…
Digital Story telling..ensuring that the Stories live on…
Embracing new technology to transmit the ancient history of this magnificent Country.
Mrs Kent and Mrs George…
You can hear Uncle Murray George speaking on the EarthSong YouTube channel:
Click here if you would like to learn more about the Pitjantjatjara and the the Ngarrindjeri who are the traditional owners of areas of this vast continent, along with many other individual tribal nations in Australia.
Here is the Aboriginal map of how Australia prior to the European invasion of 1788…
Posted in Community, EarthSong Aboriginal Healing Pathways Foundation, Fire, Friendships, Journeys, Nature, Peace, Pitjantjatjara, Uncategorized, Wisdom | 1 Comment »
Posted by carolom on December 14, 2008
The photos say it all…Proud young Black Australians dancing in the Spirit of New Dreams, celebrating the Old Ways…as the healing and restoration unfolds…..
Family, song , dance, connection, Culture and open spaces without walls….
Posted in Aboriginal, Adelaide, Community, Dreaming, Kaurna, Peace, Spirit Festival 2008, Spirituality, Unity | 3 Comments »
Posted by carolom on November 20, 2008
They say that you are living your passion if you answer ”Yes!” to the question…“Would you still do the work that you do if you were rich enough not to have to work at all?”….My answer is “Yes indeedy-do!!”…I’d just drive a different car to the venue!
To spend time creating Personal Development art with Women who are walking through journeys of change, healing and Creating New Dreams…is such a privilege……and a whole lotta fun!
Here are a few images from our 5-week “Don’t Worry- Bead Happy ART of Change program 2…
We begin with a formless lump of air-drying clay, thinking about what we would like to create in our life…how things would look and feel in the ‘ideal’ world. We roll and twist and shape and from beads and add a pendant that defines the shape of things to come…
By week 5 have created our own Vision jewellery with our own unique fingerprints pressed into the clay…completing the process by spraying the beads with gloss sealer and hanging them in the afternoon sun to dry.
Rolling the beads is a form of meditation, very relaxing and as the process gets under way, the brain waves relax into the alpha rhythms as the rhythmic, repetitive actions slow down the busy mind chatter and return one to a more centered, present moment focus. It is a very enjoyable, highly effective way for people with mental health issues, stress, anxiety and depression to creatively activate a different ‘state’ and access positive creativity over the negative forms of creating thoughts that are anxiety, stress related images.
We think about color and form once the beads are made…. with relaxing music in the background and conversations around change, personal development and creating the life we want by over coming past patterns and limitations our learning and sharing is focused on the “How” of change not just the reasons ‘why’…and all what has happened in the troubled past…
Posted in Art, Community, Creativity, Lifes Stories, Oneness, Peace, The Art of Change, Wisdom | 3 Comments »
Posted by carolom on July 6, 2008
I have searched for this song for so long! I was delighted to find it on youtube…
This 70′s classic by Ray Stevens speaks of the Oneness of all things…
“A lot of people think we are all connected together, at a level of consciousness where all our Souls merge…to become the Universal mind”…
Posted in Oneness, Peace, Spirituality, Wisdom | 3 Comments »
Posted by carolom on May 6, 2008
I recently drove a western suburbs beach area as the sun was setting.
The sunset was dramatic. Cloud spirits appeared, dazzling streams of light…a big glowing orb landing on the horizon as the sun set.
Truly growing older could not possibly mean failing eye sight
……I feel like I am seeing things better than ever before…and EVERYwhere!
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