The impractical, DEEPLY CLEVER PASSION

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“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30×40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – SOLD

Sometimes we do something simply because we have an inexplicable desire to dance, run the marathon or travel to a particular place. Not because it is logical, practical or directly related to anything useful. But because we get a little red in the cheeks and our heart beats faster at the very thought of it. It is Passion that knocking on our door. It is the very key to your own happiness.

The whisper of Passion rarely present in the form of the next logical step. The voice of Passion is the one who actually knows very well what it loves to do, but not so often is heard because frankly it is not paying much attention to the bills that needs paying and your daily duties in general.

But the strange thing is: When we dance a dance or pursue the dream we yearn for, we open to a place inside where it is possible to find a way of life which is BOTH practical AND joyful.
Or, in other words: when we actively listen to our inner passion, it will reward us by spreading its bubbling energy to all parts of your life …….

But first you must listen. Simply hear what it has to say, find out what it longs for. Even though it may say things that seem as if they are taken out of the blue (Tango? – Who has time to dance tango – it requires a partner, it costs money and it can´t really be used for anything practical – after all, this is not Argentina but Denmark…..).

Listen anyway. And do what you can to meet your passions desires. Even tiny step works. If you really listen to your passion, it will reward you with something far more precious than time and money:
– INSPIRATION
– INCREASED INTUITION
– A GOOD PORTION OF HAPPINESS

Which, as far as I know, is a far better basis for thinking practically and clear and generating profits in life. Also in terms of time and money. I think that is SO clever. Passion are really able of something very unique. We just have to remember to listen to it.

Love from Lise.

PS: I am hosting a local painting course here in Denmark, south of Zealand, on sat. May 28th, where we, in addition to learning juicy painting techniques, will train exactly that: listening to our inner Passion. Find the details and sign up HERE – latest signup coming friday the 20th.

– Or email me at mail@lisemeijer.dk and I will send you some info in English, thank you!

 

I am guessing you could use a bit of this?

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Right now, is is a wonderful but also demanding time for many people. Time for change, but it may come with a struggle. Time for more light, but not yet completely convincing. Time for spring, but still cold. A time where we humans tend to either give up on things or find a completely new approach. It is time for Easter; the old must die so there can be resurrection, in any meaning or emphasis we want to put on that.

Also, it´s full moon tomorrow here in DK, and a powerful one I heard.

There are many reasons to take it a little easy with ourselves and do something that truly nourishes our body as well as our soul.

For me, a bath does just that. Preferably in a real bath tub. And if you don´t have one, like I didn´t for many years, a shower with lit candles at the side and some delicious soaps and body oil  combined with time and soothing music will work wonders too.

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(I have this one next to our beloved tub, the best healing spot in our house!)

Look at it like a spring-cleaning for the body, and do it as often as you like during this time (or any time you want!) to warm your soul in this transition toward light and spring. It is a service to you, yourself, and thus to every life you get in touch with, being a happier, more balanced YOU.

And if you want some self care inspiration for your walls, you can buy the images above as signed prints in the shop in 2 sizes: A4 prints or the double sized A3 prints (just write in a note which one you want when you choose this item) – enjoy!

Love and take care, Lise.

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(This year our daughter, Celeste who is 12, decorated the Easter tree with eggs all by herself, which was a complete joy to watch. The care, the tradition, the creativity she put into it. To me, the eggs stand for new life and much needed resurrection energy) 

 

Being gentle is a powerful gift you give yourself

Be gentle - available as signed print!

Be gentle – available as signed print, just click the picture…..

BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF

The gentleness you give yourself carefully nourishes your inner willingness to open yourself to life. When you treat yourself gently, your zest for life is allowed to come bubbling like a liberated source from within your own core.

Carefully you are being listened to by the most important person in your life – yourself – and slowly you become open to the dance of life, of sheer pleasure simply because you can and want to. And in that dance lies a great strength.

Willingness to the dance of life can not be stamped out of the ground or planned to the surface (though both stamping and plans have their place in life). The desire to be part of the dance of life must be nurtured from within, with gentleness, good things and much listening – from yourself to yourself.

It is a powerful gift to be gentle with yourself.

Love from Lise.

PS: The image “Be gentle with yourself” is available as A4 signed print HERE. Perhaps you or someone you know would love a this sweet reminder for the wall? As always, I ship worldwide and package with care & creativity so it will indeed feel like a gift when you or your loved ones receive the items at the doorstep.

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A hug, anyone?

"A hug in a mug/ Et knus i et krus" - 16 x 21 cm, acrylic and paper on canvas: SOLD

“A hug in a mug/ Et knus i et krus” – available as A4 print & double sized A3 print!

Anyone needs a hug today? Here´s a serving for you!

It is so much easier to relax and be ourselves when we feel loved just as we are in the middle of our ordinary everyday life. And more YOU being yourself = more of your brilliance for the world, and oh does the world need it!

Not the big X factorly brilliance we often call success, even though that can be enticing and sometimes even deep and brilliant in it´s own way.

But the more quiet brilliance. The brilliance of being just like you are, shining with that, sharing that with the people you have daily encounters with. Sharing what you truly love, with love. Seing with love. Seing really, deeply. Love moves away so many obstacles, effortlessly like the sun melts the snow. And a hug is a wonderful transporter of love. And the quiet everyday messages of love to yourself. Perhaps it´s time to make a wonderful cup of tea and recall your appreciation for YOU. Your struggles. Your willingness to keep trying. Your brave heart that refuses to grow hard and continues to search for understanding and love even when it is tough or takes time.

You are SO brave for trying!

Love & hugs from Lise.

PS: The photo: “A hug in a mug” is available as A4 print HERE and also in double size (A3) HERE – along with many other prints, posters & cards. You can browse the richly filled shop RIGHT HERE

PPS: when searching for a video on forgiveness yesterday, I came across THIS HEARTMOVING TALE, in case you need it. xX

The tiny step that will change your life

Today was a day that really counted.

Not because I have been particularly effective, has made a super effort or achieved a lot.

My reality today was NOT like that. Very, very far from it.

“Nourish your seeds/Giv dine frø næring”, mixed media on canvas, 25 x 30 cm. Price: 1800 DKK

“Nourish your seeds/Giv dine frø næring”, mixed media on canvas, 25 x 30 cm. Price: 1800 DKK

Today was the kind of day where I could not see clearly. For inexplicable reasons I walked around in my own fog and swamp of procrastination all morning. The start of this day felt more like being a spectator to my own life and helplessly watching it slip by without any meaning. I was stuck in a feeling of unclarity, physically weakness and overwhelming uselessness. And as the hours passed, it only got worse.

It was past lunch before I realized how lost I actually was. I still felt discouraged, but now I was at least awake.

And then I finally took a miniature step in OUT of the fog.

HERE, right here was one of those moments that really counts; THE FIRST TINY STEP!

When I had taken that step my mind was a bit clearer. And I was able to rise enough above my own swamp and find space in my mind to ask:

What ingredient do I lack in myself to be able to create anything today and how would I really like to feel? And, what can provide this feeling?

“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30x40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – 2800 kr./ 525 $

“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30×40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – 2800 kr./ 525 $

Now I had taken not just one, but several small steps. And my direction had already changed. 3 steps in a new direction is a change of direction, although it is only 3 very small steps!

Everybody has days that are foggy or hard or downright unbearable. EVERYBODY. WITHOUT. EXEPTION.

And those days are really important. For this is where we could get lost if we just let things slide. And sometimes we may get lost for days, or months, or even years. But it is also on those days we have the opportunity to carve into our minds and lives which direction we sincerely want to take. To change direction requires just that; a conscious direction-change. Ever so gently, step by step. But with increased focus on where the heart longs to go.

Want to know what my first tiny step was? It was a really easy one (the first step should be small and easy, otherwise you won´t do it; you are after all in the middle of a swamp…). I watched this wonderful video with two love-beaming power ladies, and felt embraced, seen and inspired.

With wishes for loving but firm leadership of the parts of us that sometimes can be lost in swamps.

Love from Lise.

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New art: The river of my heart (and about being stuck in emotions…)

I just finished this, one of my bigger paintings:

“RIVER OF MY HEART”

"River of my heart/ Hjertets flod" - 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr.

“River of my heart/ Hjertets flod” – 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr.

“The river of our heart flows continuously. It contains every emotion, every color, light and darkness, and also all our greyness. Sometimes deep, sometimes low and shallow, and always weaving through life’s landscape of narrowing and widening, wild forests and fine gardens. Its task is to FLOW. And it wants to flow freely, and in return it brings joy in abundance when we dare let it do just that.”

– Lise Meijer

– Lately I have been pondering how emotions are like the weather: they shift according to all kind of outer influences – like high or low pressure, warmth or cold, and also pollution and many other outer or inner causes. It takes a lot of skill to learn to predict the weather, and even when the expets have done their best – they can be wrong! The weather color very much how we experience the day & the world, and it is NEVER permanent! Also, there is always, always a blue sky or a crisp clear starry night to be found behind the clouds.

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Above: Celeste (11) recently did my hair with an upside – down heart which I loved!!!

It is the same story with emotions: they move through us all the time and  like the weather they can never be completely fixed. They appear due to the processes we are exposed to, inside and outside ourselves, but it can be hard to always determine what caused them to turn up. And even harder to change them when cloudy emotions seem to fill the whole inner sky. The best cure of cloudy emotions I know is MOVEMENT! Any kind of movement; physical exercise, a walk, going to the cimema, doing some cleaning or tidying or creating something. It is also the last thing I want to do when stuck in heavy emotions. But once I do, things slowly shift. It often takes a while, but there will be a shift.

And believe me, I had many (MANY) mornings in my life where I had no idea of how to get myself unstuck enough to begin working! Especially during the latest years where all I had to do was to get up, go upstairs and get myself to create. Wonderful when you FEEL like it! And seemingly impossible at other days. But I have sincerely come to love the fact that there IS  something I can do about that state, even if I don´t feel the effect immediately.

I love the fact that I can change my inner weather!

And when nothing else works, I go to the chapter “Mood shifter” in this wonderful book. Highly recommended!

With love from Lise.

PS: as always, I ship worldwide with joy, both items from my shop with prints and cards and original art!

We never know beforehand

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“Circus of Balance”, available as A4 poster right here in my shop

We never know beforehand. Not fully. We have to walk the path, often feeling partly blindfolded or dimmed in our vision. Like driving through the night, only able to see as far as the frontlights are able to light up the darkness. And still we somehow get there. That is, if we “get up, get in the car and drive”. Sitting at home wondering how to drive in the dark won´t do it.

When I created this image it was for an international competition. I felt way out of my comfort zone and actually scared, but I dove in and really gave it my very best. I even went to have the painting scanned professionally and payed a graphic designer to create the file in the right dimensions. I often refrain from any kind of competition because I am afraid that I won´t be able to handle if I loose!

Well, I didn´t win and I was not selected as one of the top 50 either. There were more than 2000 entries from all over the world, but still I could feel my heart drop: “how will I ever get there” “There” meaning learning how to get into a market I don´t know much about, learning how to make a business from my passion, learning how to earn money from what I create so that I can keep creating.

I am still learning, and often frightened too. However, this image went on to become the all times bestseller amongst my creations so far. Whenever a shop places an order, they will give a number of their wanted cards and images in different sizes, and very often they add: and could you give us 10 extra of this image in all your sizes please, it is selling so fast!

What I am saying is: I could not see, it felt utterly uncomfortable, I still gave it my best – then I felt like a looser, and my heart dropped. But found my way forward with what was important: to keep driving/creating from my passion. And then this image found it´s very own way of being of use and joy in this world, slowly but steadily finding it´s own place and usage.

I am very thankful for that experience, the whole of it!

Walking with Grace

“The more graceful you are able to walk, the more grace will be thrown on your path”

I found this sentence today that I had dotted down on a piece of paper weeks ago. It was followed by these words: “Joy in every single step”.

“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30x40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – 2800 kr./ 525 $

“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30×40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – 2800 kr./ 525 $

The funny thing is, I kind of think I wrote those words, that they came to me during my morning pages. But it was written a while ago I am not completely sure any more. Anyone recognize it? When I google it, all that comes up is advice on high heel walking!!! That wasn´t quite what I had in mind…. But that doesn´t matter, the words ring true to me and help me remember the importance of every single one of my steps today…..and every day. And that is what matters. A good reminder for me today. Most days actually.

To me, walking with Grace means walking through life with the intention to stay aware and bring more light into this place. In whatever way that is possible. And I don´t mean that in any high-flying or quick fix way at all. I see it as a very real life challenge, where what counts most is the small adjustments in attitude. Every day, in every possible step. Some days it may mean accepting my boundaries. Or giving up on things I firmly believed I had to do. And other days it means daring to go out there in the world and do my best to let my light shine, even if it makes me nervous or doubtful at first.  A beautiful challenge. I love this part of human life: That we are able to create something uplifting or healing by our small continuous acts of joy and awareness.

Sometimes we need other people to remind us of the importance of all those little things we do to lift human life and bring more light here. So, here´s a little note from me to you: Thank you, whoever you are, for whatever act you are able to put into this world today that will bring more light and joy and make you bounce with grace in your steps.

Xx Lise.

 

Would you like some Inspiration?


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 Image: “Pot of Inspiration”  ON SALE right now. 20 % off everything in my webshop until coming sunday!!!

I write my morningpages most days. Some days it helps me be with the parts of me I would otherwise push under the carpet because it didn´t at first seem tempting to examine the feeling of fear, restlessness or sadness. Truth: they always hold a hidden gem, and morningpages is one way to uncover that. Other days it gives me a place and time to jump verbally with joy or count my blessings. In both cases, it´s like quietly stirring my inner pot of inspiration. It really is. I can almost feel the bubbles rising.

In my experience, Inspiration comes to visit when we make ourselves attractive to it. And, to Inspiration, attractive does not mean a perfect or always happy person. I find that what Inspiration seems to find most attractive is something I will call “Movement toward Joy”. When we dare to move – even with the smallest of steps – in the direction of our passion and joy and does so again and again, that´s when Inspiration decides to jump our train.

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(Me, writing morningpages – yes, lefthanded!)

And “plop”, you have an idea that seemed to come from out of the blue. Or you suddenly SEE the solution of a certain problem. Or perhaps you just know that you have to begin taking that dancing class, for no seemingly logical reason. And when you do, even more inspiration begins to flow, which leads you in the direction of a more passionate and fulfilling life.

For me, writing morning pages (more about morningpages HERE) is the greatest help for inviting Inspiration as a daily companion. It keeps my inner pot brewing keeping up the temperature of my life passion without making me burn out. I highly recommend this tool, created and introduced by the blessed creativity coach, Julia Cameron.

I don´t think of it as luxury to live a life nourished by Inspiration. I think of it as a respectful and most fitting way of administering this marvelous life we have been given. May Inspiration quietly and steadily be bubbling in our lives every day. Perhaps hidden under the surface and not very feelable to ourselves on testing days. But all the time nourished by our quiet steadily Movement toward Joy!

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“Dancing with Joy”, also part of the 20 % SALE this week!

 

Dear 2013….

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2013 was a year with lessons in store for me. And when I say lessons I mean: it was not always an easy ride. Yet I am left with a feeling of honest and deep gratitude. And some relief that I lived and learned, strengthened my soul-muscles and are ready to move on.

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(Me, from my first photo shoot with a professional photographer = awesome experience)

A few things I encountered during the journey this year:

Trying out being my own sales person

I set out to learn how to sell the products I began producing back in 2012, knowing that if I wanted to make a full income as an artist, that was something I had to figure out. So I travelled the country, visiting many shops (at least 100). It was one thing I thought I would never be doing. It was a lot of foot-work. I was scared. I recalled the “feel the fear and do it anyway”-sentence a lot. It involved cheers whenever I made a sale and quite a bit of self-doubt when nothing happened, feeling I was completely nuts to believe I could ever make this work.

It was a journey of trying out different paths to see what worked. And finding the flexibility and willingness to correct my course whenever the resistance became so big that it had too high a price for me personally, finding a smoother way to keep myself intact during the journey.

Low point: sitting completely exhausted, miserable and crying in the car at the end of a sales day, alone and far away from home and with no sales at all after visiting 3 cities and over 15 shops in one day, feeling like I would never be able to pick myself/ my confidence up again. 

High point: The feeling of utter joy and rush when I finally experienced one day with flow and lots of sales and openings. And being proud that this happened because I kept going and stayed open so I could see that it was not me or my products that failed, but simply a journey of learning how to find my own way with it.

I learned: That it is so, so important to be surrounded by caring and supporting people who “get” you and are able to remind you of your full potential even when all you can say is: “I am stuck”.  For me, admitting that I was stuck and did not know how to proceed was very embarrassing. After all, the fear of failing was what kept me from pursuing this dream for many, many years. Daring to believe in it and ACTING on it was definitely new and scary. I also learned that self nurturing is vitally important when you set out to do something far outside your own comfort zone. Just like your body needs vitamins, your soul needs comfort to stay intact during testing times.

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(Lise Meijer cards on the counter!)

Finding my way with social life and friends

2013 threw in some challenges to do with social connections and friendships. I learned that even though I love to work alone and work from home, I have to make sure I am connected to other people both personally and professionally, and to pursue collaboration in many different ways in order to not feel lonely and stuck.

 Also, I had to go through some grief-processes to do with the changing nature of some of my existing friendships before accepting that connections between people somehow has their own life and transformations are taking place that we can´t be wise about before perhaps much later. Acceptance and forgiveness to myself and others has been part of my journey this year.

As a surprise, some new dear connections, both friendships and work collaborations, presented themselves during the year, adding much joy to my days. For that I am incredibly grateful.

Old friends

Opportunities!!!

I am guessing we all love great opportunities? The kind where someone asks you to do something that you had (secretly or loudly) been wishing to do but not yet found your way into. Of course you still have to leap out and grab those opportunities, but the fact that they come is always a very good sign that you are on the right track….

In 2013 I was asked to:

– Talk about my creative journey and sing some of my own songs 3 times this year. And. I. Loved it!!!

– Create Blog banner and buttons for Amy who has this amazing and very popular blog. What a challenge! And so much fun to do!! And then she launched it with a sweet interview, such an honor.

– Make exhibitions with my paintings, these opportunities kept presenting themselves, meaning my paintings were almost always out partying this year.

– Contribute to a blog series and a project by two wonderful mothers, each with their own mission, with writing and images. I said yes and was part of this wonderful blog series about creative mamas and will be part of a very special new mama pack, a kind of gift for new mothers that will launch – well, soon! (I´ll share it when it´s ready)

– Teach a New Years Claring process in Copenhagen for the 4th. year in a row. Love that someone else is making the invitations and arranging the facilities with so much beauty and love and I am allowed to concentrate on the teaching and nothing else, yes!

Walking with visions

(“Walking with Visions” – exercise during one of my workshops)

2013 was also the year where I finally created my very first Lise Meijer Wall Calendar. This was an opportunity I created for myself. And I am so grateful that so many of you jumped at the opportunity for some wall art for the whole year, so much that it sold out already middle december, yay!

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Balancing life with my dear ones

As many people on this planet, I often struggle with finding a good balance between work life and family life. This year, a blessing in disguise presented itself and  ended up giving me the long sought after uninterrupted work hours: one of our two cars broke down! And could not be fixed!!!

So, Rune and I sat down for a chat and decided that with me working at home we would try living with just one car for a while. The only problem was that then I wouldn´t be able to pick up the children every day from school. That´s a 15 kilometers drive back and forth.

On my easel and life

(pic of my workspace….)

It turned out to be no problem: Celeste and Vincent (10 and 7) was ready to take the bus home on their own. Celeste picks Vincent up from after school care and they appear home about 1,5 hours later than I normally would have to go to pick them up. It has worked so well. We enjoy a cosy tea-time together when they arrive. I am more at easy because I feel I already had an honorable work day. Oh, and we are saving money and making less pollution, good deal!

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Celeste, painting, dressed in her kitty-ears.

Thank you 2013, you came with testings and were rich in sweet surprises. You taught me a lot!

Thank you



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(Me, on Bornholm)