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Art is therapeutic and colour heals - bringing home an original painting by Belinda will light up your living space with a daily explosion of life & happiness. Belinda Fireman's colourful, inspiring art is guaranteed to lift the spirits, generate positive reflection and make you smile.
People who have bought Belinda's paintings say they can't stop looking at them, that they derive joy from them each day. Her paintings make wonderful, enduring and meaningful gifts.
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I had a lot of fun creating this portrait for a friend. Get in touch with me if you would like me to create one for you. <3
“Send Love” 12″ x 12″
Some days it is difficult to send love to those who need it, because I have my own shit, my own triggers, my own stories. I am getting better at noticing when my needs are not being met, and seeing what I can do to meet those needs, instead of expecting others to meet them. And once I have met those needs, then I am able to send love.
“Pleasure” available HERE.
<3 The amount of pleasure my body feels is a barometer for how aligned I am with my soul's desires. There's a quickening, an excitement, and arousal that happens when I am on the right track. The trick is to be aware of how my mind wants to come barging in to destroy the feeling - it is scared, and it'll do anything to stay safe (like telling me that my idea is shit, or about all the problems I will encounter if I try something new, or about how unqualified I actually am to do that thing I am feeling brave enough to do.) I am choosing to actively pursue pleasure.
(click painting for details)
<3 I'm getting it, you guys. I'm feeling fear, and I am sticking around to feel it. I say hello to it and keep going. When it seems like I might be abandoned (the worst), my instinct is to run and hide, but I don't (mostly... this is definitely not a perfect process). I still have a lot to learn, I'm sure. But I feel like there is progress. Yay. A reminder to myself: this doesn't mean fear will go away. It will likely keep coming back to test me, again and again. How I deal with it will keep changing (hopefully), as I grow and learn new things. Growth on a spiral, not a straight line. (Thanks, Tymothy Roy) What progress have you noticed?
When I feel unlovable, it is often because I simply am not letting love in. I have built up my walls, mistakenly thinking that they will protect me from being hurt, when really, they are just hurting me by keeping love out. These walls build up slowly, sometimes, without me even noticing I am doing it, or quickly, as a defensive reaction.
Here are some ways that I know to keep the walls from building:
When I am paid a compliment, I don’t return it with a compliment. I say thank you, and repeat the words to myself silently. Take it in! Giving compliments helps, too.
Breathing, consciously. I forget this one as easily as I forget that I am breathing. Breathing with awareness brings me to my heart, allowing it to open.
Allowing any glimmers of emotion to surface and be what they will, without shoving them back down.
Dancing! When my body is in flow, walls can’t be built. Pretty straight forward.
Giving myself permission to be vulnerable in my expression of my needs.
Please share any ideas you have to keep an open heart. <3 Click HERE for more about the painting.
Some days it can be very easy for me to depend on my partner to make me happy. I went on a journey today…
…from doing something that made me happy (this involved working on a project that I have been putting off for a long time)…
…to sharing it with my partner…
…to feeling ignored/unheard/unimportant (one leads to another, down a spiral…) when he didn’t respond…
…to choosing to move through that feeling (by painting and simply feeling ignored, and remembering where that trigger comes from)…
…to noticing how my expectations (hoping that he will respond and comment in a positive way)…
…to realizing I am in charge of how I feel.
I am responsible for how I feel.
Any feelings that come up are totally ok, and worth feeling.
Working on projects (rather than procrastinating), and being busy doing things I love, helps me to feel good about myself.
Having expectations around another person’s behavior can lead to disappointment, or trigger other emotions.
I know myself well enough now to see that when I am triggered by unmet expectations, I am better off managing these myself than turning to the person who triggered it in the first place (I don’t want to look to them to “fix” it). This is a tricky one, though, because sometimes I push that to the limit, thinking I have to work things out alone. It’s totally ok to reach out to someone who is not involved in order to feel heard.
Thanks for reading.
The painting is available HERE.
Last night I met a human being who is 14 in earthly years, but ageless in her wisdom and humanity. She shared some of her scary things, and I shared some of mine. We painted together and we had fun. She inspired me in so many ways, and I can’t even put words together properly to convey how I feel about meeting her. So I painted this.
When we allow others to enter the dark places in our hearts, we can be truly seen and allow beauty to grow from the darkness.
This painting wants to be loved, so it is half price today. <3 http://belindafireman.com/product/enter-9-x-12/
Painting goals: have fun, paint more often, care less about how it “should” look, and whether or not it’s “real art”. Definitely a process. <3
Want this one? Just send me a message to magknit[at]telus[dot]net telling me:
1. about something new you’ve tried recently (I just tried rock climbing! What a great way to build trust with a partner, get a good workout, and have fun! Super great date idea!)
2. your offer (feel free to be creative with this one)
“Learning to Love Myself”
9″ x 12″ on linen finish heavy weight paper
The new owner will be chosen tomorrow and contacted by me. Shipping & handling $5 Canada/$10 US.