Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Time for Change – Heralding in the New

When the New Moon arrives, it’s the perfect time for heralding in the new. Time for releasing the old with gratitude and welcoming new projects. Definitely a time for taking a step in the direction you want to move in.

And that is exactly what has been happening today, with the new moon. I stood and watched the sun setting from the lounge window. It was a flaming, vibrant orb, almost like wet dye on one of my silks. Unbelievably beautiful. Quite spectacular. And as it slipped below the outline of rooftops on the horizon, the sky darkened and remained completely dark. The dark of the moon.

Such an exciting time, pregnant with potential. And I knew that today was the moment to make changes.

I had a few changes lined up and had been eying them with intrepidation as they represented a large step towards realising goals of mine which were due for fulfilment. So what did I undertake?

The first thing I did was to bring my 30 day video challenge to completion. I had taken on a commitment to produce and upload a video every day to document what was going on for me in my life and to share my insights with the viewers. I decided to publish these on my current Facebook page which was dedicated to my artwork. But having no other platform to share them on, I decided that this was the best option I had.

I was delighted with the reception they got as they were being exposed to people who had actually signed up to share my artwork with me. Daily support and feedback came flooding back to me in many forms and I was very touched by the general response, confirming that doing video was indeed something I should continue to do.

So when I reached the last day today, I had very mixed feelings. I had gathered momentum and come to love the daily ritual of putting myself out there, irrespective of what response I got. And I had been told that my videos would be missed… I knew that they couldn’t stay on the art page as they were out of alignment with the general themes. I had to take a decision and open a new page.

This page would bring focus to my work as a spiritual teacher and coach and allow me to explore all sorts of topics relating to self help, spirituality and personal power. It would allow this aspect of my work to come to the fore and no longer be overshadowed by my artwork. Now art and spiritual power would stand side by side as partners.

Tonight I launched the new page and it felt quite exhilirating to do so.

And the change continues as I put the finishing touches to the new blog, meaning I will be stepping away from wordpress.com and expanding my horizons.

With every new change I feel the rush of excitement, knowing that anything I am leaving behind is making space for the new. It feels as if this is the new path I am on – one of taking the steps I know intuitively will lead me to where I want to be.

March 4, 2011 Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Competitors? What Competitors? It’s All a Question of Resonance.

I was inspired to write this blog post by the silk painting community that I interact actively with online. It was founded by the lovely Francine Dufour Jones and is a wonderful place for silk painters to connect, share and ask questions. And it has struck me how so many people have been worried about how to market themselves in the face of so much competition.

Well, it’s my honest opinion that we are all so totally unique as artists and that we are not in competition with each other. Your state of being will determine what energy you radiate as you interact with others and the best way to see what that is, is to look at the people and situations that are prevalent in your life right now.

If you are letting your shoulders hang and using negative self-talk then that is what you are sending out and that is exactly what you are receiving back from the universe.

It’s always a question of resonance. There’s always a marriage of energies.

And this is very significant for artists. Because the clients that get attracted to you want to buy your artwork as it represents the energy you express. They have a piece of you in their home, whether or not they are consciously aware of it.

There are some who might argue that you do some competitor research, which of course you can do. When I did a business course a few years back when I lived in Malahide, County Dublin, part of the requirements were that we submitted a completed business plan. And of course, this involved doing competitor research.  So I set off joyfully researching potential products that were similar to my silk mandala cushions. The bottom line of it was that I didn’t find anything remotely like mine, most companies were just mass-producing in China and the prices were throwaways.

It left me seeing that artwork is simply in a class of its own and you can’t really put a price on it. The value of a piece is something that is decided between the artist and the buyer and cannot be nailed down to specifics. What it means is that if a client or artcollector decided they loved your artwork, the energy it emitted and the energy you emitted as an artist (which are normally the same) and  knew without a doubt that it would hang beautifully in their home, the price is not of the essence.

So start looking at your artwork with fresh eyes. See it as an extension of you. Learn to value it and cherish it. See it through the eyes of potential customers and treat it as though it were highly valuable. Because you certainly are. Your artwork reflects this. And when you do that your artwork will start to send out new messages.

Whether or not you are an artist, I’d love to hear from you about your personal experiences. Have you found this to be true for yourself? Please leave any comments below. Thanks.

February 13, 2011 Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments

How to Enrich Your Life with Mindfulness Meditation

I love to maintain many spiritual practices in my everyday life as I can tangibly feel the benefits they bring me and thoroughly enjoy the process of doing them too. I’m convinced that my daily meditations are a real anchor for me in that they slow my mind and my pulse down, pulling a brake on the racing that is happening within me so that I can make real sense of everything that is happening.

But I also know how taking the time to sit down and be in the stillness and tune in completely to my inner wisdom, my Higher Self, I can access something so much greater than when I am rushing around  trying to do everything in my head.

I wanted to share this with you as I really believe that cultivating this practice can make a massive difference in your life too,

Mindfulness Meditation

enriching it with more focus and well-being. Research has pointed towards meditators enjoying improved health and enhanced creativity as well as it slowing down the aging process of the brain as it appears to thicken the grey matter of the brain.

It’s such a bonus in my life that I just wouldn’t want to be without it any more.

And for those of you reading this who have never meditated before, let me just share with you that you can begin with something as simple as mindfulness meditation. This involves you bringing your awareness to one particular thing. It could be a physical object in the room or simply your breath. Your mind naturally wanders at will, busying itself with all sorts of random distractions which take you away from being centred. So what you do is bring your awareness to say, your breath, whenever you remember to. Be there totally. Simply observe your breath entering and leaving your body. Make no attempt to change it in any way. Simply allow .

Your mind will just start to wander again but you will lovingly bring it back whenever you can, without any blame or judgment, just gently redirecting your focus to your breath. And just be with your breath, feeling whatever is happening for you.

This practise, when used regularly, will help you to feel more centred. Your brain function becomes slower so that the beta waves are replaced with alpha waves, inducing a feeling of deep relaxation within you. And this is what stimulates natural healing within your body, regenerating you and reducing stress and anxiety. It also completely brings you back to the present moment.

When you start to take control of the state of your mind and health in this way, it can have far-reaching consequences for your life in general, creating deeper and more meaningful experiences for you.

I’d love it if you were to try this for yourself if you haven’t already. Have you tried meditation techniques like this before and what difference have they made in your life?

February 10, 2011 Posted by | SPIRITUAL PRACTICES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My 30 Day Video Challenge: a great way to build self confidence

Some of you will know that I am currently working my way through a challenging social media bootcamp with Ann Evanston learning skills that are already bringing many benefits to my business online as well as lots of other things which I will be telling you all about very soon. It’s fun and hard work at the same time.

Now I’ve just been doing the video section and saw that my lovely new online friend Sharon Hiebing had done a 30 day video challenge and had been looking at getting over all sorts of issues in the process. That really inspired me and so I decided to have a go myself as it would be great to break down my personal barriers and dissolve my limiting beliefs surrounding this. I see this challenge as a great tool for self empowerment as it can really help you to get out there and be authentic.

Well, as luck would have it, yesterday was the New Moon, the perfect time for starting up new ventures, so I decided to literally grab the bull by the horns and get started. I’m a triple Cancerian born on the New Moon so really love to tap into this energy.

I won’t be editing these videos. They’ll just go up as they come. And I will have the opportunity to look less than fabulous, feel tired, have a messy room and just get over it all. When I filmed this first part I already had to ‘get over’ myself because I had wanted to do it outside in the sun but by the time I was ready, it had become cloudy with a vengeance and a strong wind was blowing. So inside it had to be. I’m looking forward to experiencing being in the flow and going with what is and generally just enjoying being in front of the camera as a new way of communicating with you all.

I won’t be publishing all of these on my blog as there will be 30 0f them, but you will be able to see them all on my YouTube channel, so I’d love you to come on over and subscribe so you can keep up with what I’m doing and have a dialogue with me.

Thanks for joining me on my journey as I take the challenge. I look forward to hearing from you. And if you decide to build your self confidence in front of the camera, I’d love you to share here too.

February 4, 2011 Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inspired Art and Living

Many of you will know that this blog started out being completely dedicated to silk painting. I shared all sorts of silk painting techniques, did problem solving (trouble-shooting) and explained my process in the painting projects I tried out. You asked questions and I did my best to answer them based on my own experiences and things that others had passed onto me.

The good news is that I will continue to be publishing all sorts of posts around the topic of silk painting but at the same time I’ll be exploring many new avenues. I have a background in teaching and have been involved in coaching and self-development work too. So I will now be combining all of my skills and offering services that take everything into account.

The first change was to a new name. And so, for those of you  who are here on this page for the first time, welcome to ‘Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze.’

I’ve been actively involved in an intensive online course called SNCC which has taught me so much about social media and enabled me to bring focus into what I do and be more effective online. It’s an ongoing process and you’ll be seeing the latest results of this when I launch my new blog very soon. I’ll be moving away from this platform to WordPress.org which will give me many more possibilities including using my own domain name. But don’t worry, I’ll be making this transition as smooth as possible so no-one gets lost on the way.

I’m really looking forward to sharing this with all of you and hope that you will continue to follow me on my journey as a silk artist, teacher and coach. Thank you.

Do you  have two seemingly different areas in your life that you’d love to bring together so that you can work with both of them? I’d love you to share your thoughts here.

February 2, 2011 Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment