Five Tips for Starting Your Journey to Physical Wholeness

Does Physical Wholeness Mean I Have to Look Perfect? For the past 15 days we have talked about ways to nurture ourselves. For some of us, nurturing others comes easily. Unfortunately, we forget to nurture ourselves. Over time, our lack of self-care leads to complications in our own lives. Burn out. Illness. Emotional stagnation. Physical limitations. Ennui. In our quest to nurture ourselves, we need to seek mental wholeness, academic/artistic wholeness, physical wholeness, and spiritual wholeness—MAPS. Let me make something…

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Finding Wholeness in Art as Worship

Wor-ship • verb: to show respect and love for God. Today I continue the conversation with Shelley Weaver, an artist who rediscovered her passion for ceramic arts and started working on her craft when her youngest went off to college. Today Shelley talks about art as worship, developing art in children, and what she does with all of the beauty she creates. Shelley, do you see art as a form of worship? This is my favorite question. It made me…

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Ceramic Artist Rediscovers Art in Community

Shelley Weaver created all of the art featured on this page, and took the photos of her pieces. You can follow her on Instagram @sheleweav or look for the hashtag #bayavenuestudio to find more of her work. com-mu-ni-ty•noun: a group of people who have the same interests Have you ever wondered if you should (or could) pursue an artistic interest? Yesterday I invited you to consider all the ways that people express themselves artistically. Today and tomorrow I’ll share an…

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Think You’re Not Creative? I Invite You to Reconsider!

Cre-ate• verb: to produce something new by using your talents and imagination. Today I invite you to look at the other half of the A in MAPS—an acronym to help us remember how to nurture ourselves. Have you ever noticed how the letter A has two sides? We’ll call those two sides Academic and Artistic. Notice how both sides start at the same point and have a bridge in between them? Just like the letter A, we each have two…

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All About Art: Ten Quick Tips to Improve Your Photography

Pho-tog-ra-phy•noun: the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera. For a long time I thought I couldn’t do art because I didn’t consider myself artistic. But art plays an important role in our lives. God created us to create; therefore, we need to express ourselves artistically. Not everyone can draw, but everyone CAN do art. Some people find artistic expression in needlepoint or counted cross stitch. Some people take photos. Photography IS Art You’ll notice that Merriam-Webster’s…

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Five Free Resources for Continuing Your Education

The first part of this series focused on mental wholeness—how to achieve it and why it matters. That constitutes the M in the MAPS acronym. The next section focuses on the A—academic and artistic wholeness. free• noun: not costing any money Yesterday I introduced the term Zone of Proximal Development—a fancy way of saying that we learn best when we don’t get too comfortable, nor start at the hardest part. In order to keep growing, we need to keep learning. Academic…

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The Importance of Finding Your Zone of Proximal Development

Knowl-edge • noun: information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education. The first part of this series focused on mental wholeness—how to achieve it and why it matters. That constitutes the M in the MAPS acronym. The next section focuses on the A—academic and artistic wholeness. There’s no Growth in the Comfort Zone “Ewww! That’s gross!” one of my students said as she sliced along a herring’s lateral line with a sharp knife. I noticed that her…

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Why Academic and Artistic Wholeness Matters

ac-a-dem-ics • noun: courses of study taken at a school or college art • noun: the conscious use of skill and creative imagination The first part of this series focused on mental wholeness—how to achieve it and why it matters. That constitutes the M in the MAPS acronym. The next section focuses on the A—academic and artistic wholeness. What is Academic Wholeness? Academic wholeness matters because our brain, like a muscle, needs exercising. Learning shouldn’t end with high school, or…

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The Importance of Taking Care of Past Trauma

Epigenetics • epi-ge-net-ics noun: the study of heritable changes in gene function that do not involve changes in DNA sequence For the past week I’ve written about ways to nurture yourself. The first point on the map consists of seeking mental wholeness.  Trauma Can Change Your Genes Did you know that trauma can change your genes? Changing your jeans—good. Changing your genes due to trauma—not so good. Scientists have discovered that changes in our gene function can happen outside of…

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Why You Shouldn’t Go to Your Pastor for Counseling

ther-a-pist • noun: a person who helps people deal with mental or emotional problems by talking about those problems: a person trained in psychotherapy Sometimes, friends or community members provide the sounding board that we need to process the things that hold us back from mental wholeness. Sometimes, we may need more. Counseling and Therapy are NOT the Same Don’t get me wrong. I just want to set the record straight. Most pastors give wise, godly counsel. But a pastoral…

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