What happens in a football game, kick and ball goes here and another kick the ball goes there.
We make ourselves football too when we get stuck in words. Someone says, Oh you are so beautiful and sweet person, we love it...and when someone passes a remark that's not too nice we feel so sad. We make ourselves football of others opinions. We live in words.
Every word should make sense and everything should be meaningful. Words are the root cause of worries and we cannot worry without words..... Try for 2 minutes...sit down and no words...not even thoughts... can u worry like this?
Next time getting moved by others opinion, think of yourself as a football and its happening to you....you are going to be kicked....you are being the football of others' thoughts, don't let anyone move you...not anymore!
This year let’s make each moment in our lives better and happier than the one just passed by getting aware and not stuck. Let go of those stuck thoughts and inspire yourself!
For this month’s art project we are going to create personalized piece of art by using old crayons.
All you need is
• Card stock
• Crayon stubs
Remove any wrapping from crayons. Using scissors trim uneven crayon stubs. Sketch the letter on card stock using pencil. Outline with glue and stick crayons.
Make a thick (like soup) mixture of glue, sugar and water.
Blow up a small balloon.
Dip long colorful yarn pieces in the mixture of glue, sugar and water.
Roll the dipped yarn pieces over the balloon until it’s mostly covered.
Pour glitter over the balloon and let dry (24 Hours)
When the yarn is dry (it will be stiff), pop the balloon and remove it.
Tie a ribbon and make a bow.
Tie a piece of yarn to hang.
A special thanks to Marshalltown St. Paul's Preschool for sharing their creative craft. Hope you all will experience the same excitement and joy of grins and giggles as they did while working on the project. The ornaments make an awesome replacement for balloons (you can hang them on jute twine) and can be reused for decorations on any occasion.
A candle unites religions and faiths all over the world. It’s used as a visible expression for prayer, love, peace, joy, prosperity, righteousness, wisdom and knowledge. This months project is
Let’s shine like candle and light our world with colors and happiness. Let there be no clouds of fear and sorrow.
Let’s lead from darkness to light.
All you need is
• Construction Paper
• Card stock
• Paint brush
• Pencil (for sketching)
For candle, cut different colors of construction paper in shape of semi circle or any other desirable shape.
You can make flame by cutting yellow construction paper or by making thumb impression using paints or just pouring yellow paint in shape of flame.
Draw design on candle using marker. Finish with vibrant polka dots using paints and brush or Glue sequence.
Draw a dove on construction paper using pencil, cut it. You can use it as a stencil and draw polka dots using paint and brush around it and remove the stencil or you can stick the dove using glue and then put polka dots all over.
Life is incomplete without the people we love and the most beautiful thing about this time of the year is acknowledging and showing love and gratitude to them. Being thankful is the most important step forward to love, peace, happiness and prosperity.
The slow cozy days are also perfect time of the year to relax, rejuvenate and get indulged in the stories and laughter’s with our loved ones that we have been missing because of our busy lives.
This month’s art project is Eco-friendly, emphasizes reuse and shows gratitude for the nature.
All you need is
• Paper towel tube
• Pipe cleaner
• Cardboard or foam
• Wiggly eyes (optional) or marker to draw eyes
• Red foam or cardboard
1. Cut paper towel tube 2 inches long.
2. Cut card board to make face. Stick wiggly eyes and nose on the face. Stick face to paper towel tube.
3. Cut two pipe cleaners 7 inches long each for making feet. Fold and stick with glue to the paper towel tube.
4. Twist and fold 4 colorful pipe cleaners to make wings.
5. Insert napkin or a gratitude note in the paper towel tube.
The festival of Navratri is celebrated with prayers and gaiety in the beginning of the Ashwin (autumn) and the beginning of Chatira (spring). This period is a time for self-referral and getting back to the Source. During this time of transformation, nature sheds the old and gets rejuvenated; and life emerges back afresh in the spring.
According to Vedic sciences, matter reverts to its original form to recreate itself again and again. The creation is cyclical, not linear; everything is recycled by nature - a continuous process of rejuvenation. The human mind, however, lags behind in this routine cycle of creation. Navratri is a festival for one to take the mind back to its Source.
The Mother Divine is recognized not just as the brilliance of intellect (buddhi), but also the confusion (bhranti); she is not just abundance (lakshmi), she is also hunger (shudha) and thirst (trishna). Realizing this aspect of the Mother Divine in the entire creation, leads one to a deep state of Samadhi. This gives an answer to the age-old theological struggle of the Occident. Through wisdom, devotion and nishkama karma, one can attain advaita siddhi or perfection in the non-dual consciousness.
Kali is the most horrific manifestation of Nature. Nature symbolizes beauty, yet it has a horrific form. Acknowledging the duality brings a total acceptance in the mind and puts the mind at ease.
Though Navratri is celebrated as the victory of good over evil, the actual fight is not between good and evil. From the Vedantic point of view, the victory is of the absolute reality over the apparent duality. In the words of Ashtavakra, it is the poor wave which tries to keep its identity separate from the ocean, but to no avail.
The three primordial gunas are considered as the feminine force of our magnificent universe. By worshiping the Mother Divine during Navratri, we harmonize the three gunas and elevate sattva in the atmosphere.
The inward journey nullifies our negative karmas. Navratri is a celebration of the spirit or prana which alone can destroy mahishasura (inertia), shumbha-nishumbha (pride and shame) and madhu-kaitabh (extreme forms of craving and aversion). They are completely opposites, yet complementary. Inertia, deeply ingrained negativities and obsessions (raktabeejasura), unreasonable logics (chanda-munda) and blurred vision (dhoomralochan) can be overcome only by raising the level of prana and shakti, the life-force energy.
The seeker gets back to the true Source through fasting, prayer, silence and meditation. Night is also called ratri because it brings rejuvenation. It gives relief at the three levels of our existence – physical, subtle and causal. While fasting detoxifies the body, silence purifies the speech and brings rest to the chattering mind, and meditation takes one deep into one's own being.
The nine days of Navratri are also an opportunity to rejoice in the three primordial qualities that make up the universe. Though our life is governed by the three gunas, we seldom recognize and reflect on them. The first three days of Navratri are attributed to tamo guna, the next three days to rajo guna and the last three days to sattva guna. Our consciousness sails through the tamo and rajo gunas and blossoms in the sattva guna of the last three days. Whenever sattva dominates in life, victory follows. The essence of this knowledge is honored by celebrating the tenth day as Vijaydashmi.
Though the microcosm is very well within the macrocosm, it’s perceived separateness is the cause of conflict. For a gyani (wise), the entire creation becomes alive and he recognizes life in everything in the same way children see life in everything. The Mother Divine or the Pure Consciousness itself pervades all the forms and has all the names. Recognizing the one Divinity in every form and every name is the celebration of Navratri. Hence, special pujas honoring all aspects of life and nature are performed during the last three days.
Sri Sri explains the significance of yagyas (pujas) performed during the ongoing festival of Navratri. There are three levels of existence - Outer world, subtle world of different energies and Divinity or God. All the yagnas being performed here aim to achieve both spiritual and material benefits. When you go deep inside yourself, from where everything has come from, you experience the Supreme Peace. Only when you are in deep meditation, these mantras have effect. These are very powerful and beautiful and enrich the subtle creation. We are so fortunate to be able to be a part of this.
There are pundits from all Vedas, and they will chant mantras. It is happening from thousands of years. These are done to benefit the whole world. We have gathered here as one body, one mind and one spirit, totally immersed in what is happening. Even if we don’t know the meaning, we know these are doing something good at subtle levels of our life, and for the whole mankind.
The intellect may not understand but the subtle body understands the depth. And the vibrations that are produced are doing good to all the subtle layers of existence. This energy creates benevolence, benefits the whole mankind, washes away our bad karma, promotes harmony in the world and desires get fulfilled. Desires get fulfilled when there is strength in the subtle. These bring us close to self- realization and also to achieve success in the world.
As one body, one mind, established in the Ultimate Truth, fulfilling your worldly duties and relax in the depth of peace. Immerse in this love and devotion with the feeling that everything is happening well, everything is being done for you. Like corn – when it is little warmed, it becomes pop-corn. In the same way, consciousness is all Divinity, and with the chanting of mantras, it blossoms and manifests. This is a beautiful occasion for letting the consciousness to blossom. Om Shanti! (Let there be peace)
Full of colors, joy, grins and giggles, marble rolling is a super fun art project for all celebrations. Turn it spooky by adding black and orange or ornamental with red, green and golden. Add the colors of season, roll and let the paint trails leave an impression of fun, laughter and happy times.
All you need is
One shallow cardboard box or pan (Like a shoe box or cake pan) The box or pan needs to be bigger in size than the paper.
All you need to do is...
Place the card stock inside the box.
Tape any open ends on cardboard so marbles cannot get stuck and the card stock to the bottom of container so it does not move from its place.
Put tiny drops of colorful light,bright and florescent paints on the bottom of box and not on paper.
Add marbles to the box and tilt the box in different ways to make the marbles roll and leave colorful paint trails.
Enjoy the art on frames, wall art, calendars, greetings, book marks!
Madhubani or Mithila is a style of painting practiced in mithila region (Bihar state) of India. The origin of the painting is shrouded by mythology and antiquity. The style of painting can be observed on walls, pottery wares, clothes, bags, handmade paper and canvases.