Archives for June 2012

The solar plexus chakra –

The Solar Plexus Chakra

One feels then thinks the one must do.  This chakra is all your energy, power and action. It is located below the breast bone behind the stomach.

My interpretation of this all is that when I feel that feeling in my gut telling me that something is or isn’t right that is my intuition. In order to maximize our intuition and connection to our senses we must make sure our Solar Plexus Chakra is clear and fully active.  I’ve written a little about boundaries here (https://noellerollinsart.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/i-give-you-permission-to-say-no/ ) and I think this also comes from having increased self-esteem. When you feel good about yourself and your place in life you don’t worry quite as much about people pleasing.  I feel as if I’ve made so many strides in this area yet it has me wondering since I had to have my gallbladder out last December if that is somehow tied into my having more work to do in this area.

Here is the boat pose (below). Other poses that are good for clearing this chakra and activating it: sun salutation, warrior poses and twists.

Yoga boat pose artwork by Noelle Rollins

From about.com: The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. This is the area which defines our “self-esteem”. The personality that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra….otherwise known as the “EGO”.  Anyone experiencing dysfunction of the third chakra is having difficulty obtaining or maintaining his/her own “personal power”.  This intuitive chakra is where we get our “gut instincts” that signal us to do or not to do something.  Strong self-esteem is a required for developing intuitive skills.

Chakra Three – Associations

  • Color – yellow
  • Sanskrit Name – manipura
  • Physical Location – solar plexus
  • Purposes – mental understanding of emotional life
  • Spiritual Lesson – acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)
  • Physical Dysfunctions– stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, colon diseases
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness
  • Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra – personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing
  • Area of Body Governed – upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach
  • Exercises that stimulate the solar plexus chakra
  • Foods that fuel the solar plexus chakra

Gemstones and Flower Essences

Gemstones and Flower Essences that stimulate, cleanse and energize the solar plexus chakra

This piece is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self-aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose

I will continue announcing each week one new piece for this series.

When DIY’ing everything is just dumb

So yes folks, I’ve had another breakthrough.  I’m writing this in particular about my business but it totally applies to my personal life as well.  Why do I thnk I need to do it all? Surely I’m not the only one who tries to do this. I buy the supplies, paint the artwork, scan the artwork, edit the work, upload the work to all the places it needs to be, build my own websites, blog, facebook, etc. Then also do all the shipping, accounting, pr, and follow up.   I try to picture a successful dentist or

I was talking last night with a woman that teaches classes on some of those areas that I’m having the biggest struggle on and a lightbulb went off.  I need to get a place where instead of only getting to spend 10% of my working time actually doing the painting and editing I spend 90% doing those. The rest is all the supporting roles that I can hire out.  I am SOOOready for the next level.

As I’m exposing myself to people that are further along in their careers I’m seeing the different ways people value their time and energy. They also spend their money differently.  I was going to post this last night as I went to bed I just felt so frustrated with my need to do it all and I was replaying my day. I am trying to re-build my website on wordpress and because I have a degree in Graphic Design I feel that I should be able to do this.  Once I’m in there though and I’ve downloaded the software, added some plugins, paid for a year of hosting, etc. I’m feeling totally in over my head.  It’s called trying to do things super cheap and then feeling frustrated by the results.  Today I woke up and was listening to a past Loral Langemeier show on Hayhouse and she was talking about this very subject. MEANT TO BE that I heard that talk.

My goals for the coming year:

-Find a wholesale rep to show my work at the gift marts/ natural health shows

-find an intern to help me a few hours a week with odds and ends, setup, prep work

-a mentor (tie in closer with my wholesale mentor) and find a business building mentor

– buy a scale to weigh and print postage for my orders at home so I don’t have to haul Aspen to the post office so often.

– Hire out my website for cleanup and have someone setup my e-courses.

I’m actually learning to love these frustrating little spurts. I know I’m growing in my business, forcing change. Big things are coming… I can feel it.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!  Please if you would take a moment and send prayers and good energy to the people and animals in Duluth and other areas in northern Minnesota.  They are experiencing record flooding, homes being destroyed, animals lost (including some from the zoo).  I’ve included a picture below; my mom was from Duluth so 1/2 my relatives live up there.  Including a cousin whose basement is underwater and she has a baby boy less then a month old. I can’t imagine the stress she and her husband are feeling.

– The one picture is a seal that was flooded out of the zoo and found on the street, the other is the well knows “Grandma’s” restaurant.

The Root Chakra – artwork for grounding ourselves

Let’s ground ourselves.  No not the punishment but lets connect with the earth, feel secure and bring ourselves back from spacing out.  This pose is called the mountain pose.  You can view the artwork for it here: https://www.noellerollinsart.etsy.com

When I focus on this chakra is encourages me to come to terms with my Attitude toward money, security, greed, lack. This comes up so often being an entrepreneur.  I have to choose to believe deep in my soul that this is an abundant world, there is enough for everyone. There is enough business for me, there is enough money for me and I get to attract it.

This artwork is great for those that are suffering from: lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders and/or the emotions that come with survival, self esteem, social order, security and  family

The Base or Root Chakra is associated with the color red. This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. Focusing one’s attention on the color of a cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help bring our energetic body “down to earth” and in alignment with our physical body when we find ourselves energetically fleeting or in other words…..”spacing off.”

Chakra One – Associations

  • Color – red
  • Sanskrit Name – muladhara
  • Physical Location – base of the spine
  • Purposes – kinesthetic feelings, movement
  • Spiritual Lesson – material world lessons
  • Physical Dysfunctions– lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – survival, self esteem, social order, security, family
  • Information Stored Inside Root Chakra – familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch
  • Area of Body Governed – spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, immune system
  • Exercises that stimulate the root chakra
  • Foods that fuel the root chakra

Gemstones and Flower Essences

Gemstones and Flower Essences that stimulate, cleanse and energize the root chakra

This artwork is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

The original that this print is from was created on an upcycled door. I love the symbolism of the doorway; closing the door on the past, opening the door to a new future. My husband helps me to cut down no longer needed hollow doors, we then add wood inserts to make all four sides solid. I then add layers of texture and finally do the artwork. I love when I get the change to create using repurposed materials.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose
Enjoy!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/102104735/standing-bow-pose-stand-in-your-truth?ref=v1_other_1

sweet validation

My husband came home the other day and said one of the deepest, most reassuring things to me.  He said, “I was at work today and I was thinking about our jobs. At my job I work hard and make good money but there are 50 other people that line up the work for me, schedule it, sell it, fix our equipment, etc. So I’m good at what I do but I only have to focus on my specific area.  Noelle, if you even make $1 or $50 or $1000 it’s all because of you. You create your art, you put it in your computer and edit it or put it on your sites. You sell it, you make your website and business cards, you mail your own work.  You should be so proud of yourself that you are doing it, you are making money doing what you love.”

I just got teary. To have the man that I love most in this world so truly validate my work and my efforts was one of the kindest things anyone has ever said to me.

To my husband’s credit and every other person who is not their own boss; he busts his ass and is one of the hardest working people I know. He’s dedicated and great at what he does.   I just know that me working from home on my own now versus when I was working for other companies is completely different.  Different challenges and different rewards. Regardless of what field you are in, it feels really great to have the person you love be supportive. I’m so blessed.

My first video – a look into my current journey

I have had in my mind a vision of wanting to be able to show more of my artwork then just the finished product. I think part of the beauty of the work is to know the materials, the journey that came before it and the meaning behind it.  I have been taking a wonderful class by Vivienne McMaster called Montage (find her here: http://www.youareyourownmuse.com/   ).   From this class I’ve been refining my story telling skills via movie maker.  I really hope that through this short video you’ll be able to see a bit of where I am on my own journey and how that led me to create my newest artwork series, “Soulful Yoga”.  I am guessing if you’re a reader of my blog that you’ll also see some of your own journey in there as well.

Here is the video link: http://vimeo.com/44127937

Have a great weekend!!

I give you permission to say NO

I give you permission to say no.

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I grew up with a superhero a superhero momma. She gave us haircuts or perms more than once the night before school pictures when we begged. Sewed our Halloween costumes, patched our clothing, even hand sewed on hundreds of beads onto my prom dress for me and made a purse to go with it my senior year. She showed up to every sporting event for all 5 of us kids, and even let me move back in with my daughter while I was going through a divorce years ago.  I learned how to be a devoted mother from my mom, I learned how to create a calming, love filled home from her. My biggest lesson however came from my mother as we picked up the pieces after she passed away.

Somewhere in her my mom associated her value with the sacrifices she made for all of us around her.  I watched my mom put each of our needs above her own.  I watched her take on caring part time for my nephew, watching my daughter when she could, I watched my brother come home with a dog (even after my mom told him he couldn’t have a dog in their home) but she gave in and let him keep it because she couldn’t say no. I later watched this dog cause thousands of dollars in damage in her gorgeous, beautifully decorated home.  Thousands of dollars in rugs with holes in them, a solid wood, carved dining room table with the legs chewed around the bottom, she bought a steam cleaner so she could keep up with the pee on the carpets, on and on. Plus then my parents bought the food for the dog, cared for the dog and my mom pretty much eventually stopped going out of town because she knew my brother wouldn’t care for the dog and it would cause more damage.  I watched my adult brother still living at home as if he was a child, my mom still giving him spending money and letting him pursue his dream of being the next Eminem rapper with God knows who coming in and out of their basement recording on the sound system set up down there. All hours of the night these creepy people would be coming in and out with names like Shadow and stuff. Can we just all agree that this in INSANE!!!!  Somewhere along the line I watched my mom blur the line in being loving and caring with enabling and not setting healthy boundaries.

When I was an adult and was back living in Minnesota again I thought it was great that she was going through a wine and cheese phase. . We’d watch movies together and have different wines and cheese and crackers or breads with different dipping oils. It was so much fun.  Pretty much any movie that included a Christmas scene or a house with fun decorating was always our favorites to watch.  What evolved in the years following however none of us saw coming.

Rewind to 2002 My mom was the peak of health, obsessed with vitamins and cooking healthy. She looked great, my sister and I had just had our first babies and our family was at such a fun place.  I was back down in Dallas from 2003-2004 and when I moved back in 2004 things were starting to be a little different. My mom had a knee replacement and was working on recovering from that, at the same time my youngest sister moved out and started college.  My brother was facing ongoing legal battles still haunting him from his wild teenage years and me back home with my daughter going through a divorce.  And then menopause hit. It was a perfect storm.  Had any one of these hit I am confident she would have made it through relatively unscathed.  However that’s not how it happened; the drinking increased secretly, (we didn’t find this out until later, I have since found out that increased drinking is very common during the menopause years) she became more depressed and from that showed even fewer healthy boundaries. She was so busy trying to make sure we were all okay and helping us fix our problems that she didn’t take the time out for herself.  What she needed then was to start saying no. No to the dog, no to spending money as an escape, no to all the relatives, no to us kids, no to trying to solve my brothers legal issues, no to paying for those legal issues, no to watching our kids so much… on and on.  I literally watched my mother’s inability to set healthy boundaries and her selfless act of helping others around no matter what it cost her ultimately kill her.  Her actual cause of death was pancreatitis but I know deep down that the world sucked her dry.

Oh how I wish I could go back and give her permission to be the bad guy a little bit. Tell people occasionally to fix their own shit, find that dog a new home so she could go take a vacation in peace. In fact tell my brother to go find a new home so she could regain her comfort in her own home. Tell all of us that she is not a daycare center.  I would make sure she knew that it’s okay to say no to organizing another event and she needed no other reason then because she needed a night to curl up and watch a much needed movie with my dad.  Sometimes you have to put yourself first; your life can literally depend on it. I wish I could tell my mom that she wouldn’t be letting us down if we had a small Christmas without all the gifts, gourmet meals and amazing décor.  I wish I could tell her that we would still know that she loved us even if she would have just said what she felt instead of feeling guilty that she might be a bad person because she felt resentful about trying to hold the world together for all of us. I wish I could just hug her and tell her that we love her for her and not for the things she did for us.

I’ve really been working on having healthier boundaries myself since she passed.  And just as important; giving myself permission to not have to justify my every moment or decision when setting those boundaries, speak my mind more when I am feeling resentful and explain more why some things I allowed to go for years no longer work for me.  Example: “I wish I could watch my sweet nephews every day of the week but I can’t do that and build my career. Dad, I wish I could continue helping you with your company for virtually free but it no longer works for me. I wish I could give away my artwork anytime someone says they like it but that won’t pay my bills. Sorry brother but until you help yourself by doing steps 1,2 and 3 don’t call me again. Once you do those things I will happily help you with step 4 but I don’t want to have one more phone conversation with you telling me I need to fix your problems and hear about your life falling apart when you haven’t even completed the first fucking step !!!!”

I have learned that there needs to be an equal exchange of energy in any transaction otherwise one person won’t feel satisfied.  How often have you helped someone with something that really put you out.  Only to later realize they really didn’t even appreciate it?  I did this with my ex; I would try to fix his problems, invest a ton of my energy, time and problem solving only to later be bitter that he wasn’t grateful. Finally one day I realized that he hadn’t even asked or wanted my help.  Light bulb moment.

So now I give you permission also to say no, speak your mind and tune into your inner knowing. You can be loving, classy, kind and giving and still have effective boundaries.  You are not bad if you decide you don’t want the neighbors kids showing up at your home at all hours looking for entertainment. You are not a bad person if you say no to someone who wants to borrow money and you know in your gut that the money will not help them or it will cause you to not to be able to cover your own bills. I give you permission to just say, “Sorry, that doesn’t work for me”.  It may help build the no muscle to start with, “sorry I will have to get back to you after I check my schedule.” This will buy you time to really decide if something is a good decision instead of saying yes immediately and then later regretting it. Or for example say, “that day doesn’t work for me to watch your dog but if you are able to do help me fix my garage door  tomorrow that will free me up to be able to come over and pet sit for you this weekend when you’re out of town.”… you get the idea.  It’s sometimes helpful to think about if you’re going to feel resentful after doing whatever it is that has been asked of you, if you are then maybe you’re better off saying no or changing the terms of the agreement.   I’d love to hear any of your stories about how you’ve learned to improve in these areas or times you wish you had.

One of my favorite memories of my mom is her last Christmas just 3 weeks before she passed, my husband, daughter, my mom, a few others and I were all quietly chattering and taking in the peacefulness on a late stroll down her dark, quiet dead end street on the Christmas night of 2008. The snow peacefully falling on us, we were all together and we were all so happy and content.  It was simple, free and fair for all us.  It was also a moment that she didn’t have to sacrifice her own happiness or feel guilty in order for us to be happy.

Added 7/24/2012:  I feel the need to add one more thing to this post.  The reason I’ve chosen to share this incredibly personal and private story is because I know that it was something we as a family never talked about while it was happening.  It was one of those things that was off-limits. There is shame so often felt when we are going through a rough patch.  But if this could happen to my happy, articulate, loving family then it could happen to any family.  And even more importantly if my mom could go through this so could anyone. She was (is) a shining soul, loving and supportive person.  She radiated love and light to all around her. I share my perspective of her journey with a goal of helping other fabulously loving women see another side, another voice outside of their own homes and give them a reason to value themselves and their space, their dreams and cherish them.

girl doing cheers at restaurant

Cheers to you momma!

The Sacral Chakra – artwork reminders for creativity, femininity and passion

This weeks artwork is all about the creativity, passionate, feminine self. love love!  This pose is called the King Pigeon Pose and clears and activates the Sacral Chakra!

Let’s clear out any blockages in our Sacral Chakra and let our creativity soar.  I love this chakra.  I’ve recently started in the last few months doing some of the S factor workouts and I love how much it opens this chakra and leaves me feeling more feminine and connected to my body. Great too for us creative types and I know for me after childbirth my hips have been so stiff so the poses for this chakra will also help loosen those up. Enjoy!

From About.com: The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange or red-orange. I usually visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when I’m focusing on spinning my second chakra. This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our “control issues” and find a balance in our lives, teaching us to recognize that acceptance and rejection are not the only options in our relationships. The process of making changes in our life stream through our personal choices is a product of second chakra energy. A well-functioning second chakra helps one to maintain a healthy yin-yang existence.

Chakra Two – Associations

  • Color – orange
  • Sanskrit Name – swadhisthana
  • Physical Location – lower abdomen to the navel
  • Purposes – emotional connection
  • Spiritual Lesson – creativity, manifestation. honoring relationships, learning to “let go”
  • Physical Dysfunctions– low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problems
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, creativity, morality
  • Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra – duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)
  • Area of Body Governed – sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine
  • Exercises that stimulate the sacral chakra
  • Foods that fuel the sacral chakra

You can find the artwork prints here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101353743/soulful-yoga-king-pigeon-pose-infused

Perfect people to receive this pose/chakra artwork are: people suffering from low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problem and those working through the emotions that come with blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control,  and creativity.

This piece is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

The original that this print is from was created on an upcycled door. I love the symbolism of the doorway; closing the door on the past, opening the door to a new future. My husband helps me to cut down no longer needed hollow doors, we then add wood inserts to make all four sides solid. I then add layers of texture and finally do the artwork. I love when I get the change to create using repurposed materials.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose

I will continue announcing each week one new piece for this series.

more on the heart chakra – love, healing and spirituality

upward facing dog yoga pose artwork

My life, like yours has unmistakable life events that shape how I catalog the timeline of any event in my mind: high school, college, the day I had my daughter, when I met Bruce, the day my mom died, the day I had my son.  The last 4 are most easily identified with love. I didn’t know what love was until I had my daughter, I admire her spunk, boldness and her heart. I’ll never forget the day when she was only 2, we were living in Dallas and visiting my then husbands grandma in the hospital.  My daughter walked over and got her great grandmas slippers for her, set them on her bed and then rubbed her feet a little before helping her with them. Unprompted, thoughtful and compassionate.

I thought I knew what it was like to love a man, then when I met my husband I knew that my heart grew and I not only loved him but I loved who let me be when I was with him and who we are together.

The day I lost my mom is the day that shattered my old reality.  I hadn’t ever thought about it while she was here but now I look back at the first 30 years of my life so differently. I refer to it as my innocence period. I always knew my family was close, loving and supportive of each other. But my mom, she was (is) love.  She made every holiday so special, she’d whip up gourmet meals and just beg us to come over and let her try out new recipes.  Christmas was like it is in the movies, I love how she held all of our family, friends, relatives together.  Much of it was a thankless job. We did thank her but we really didn’t get how amazing it all was until after she was gone. I’ll never forget planning my sister’s baby shower a couple of months after my mom’s passing.  Suddenly it was up to us to do all the food (wow parties require a lot of food… and wow, food is expensive when buying that much!). The gifts, the decor, the perfect music, and extra touches that take a party from ‘eh to ahhh. She was a master at these and we wanted to re-create them.  I know without a doubt that she is still around here and there. I know she got to meet my son before I did and I see glimpses of her especially in my daughter and her loving nature.  My biggest spiritual test also happened when my mom passed away; I knew what I had believed my whole life happened but then when my mom’s soul was no longer in her body I wanted to do everything I could to verify my beliefs and know that she was in a good place.  I found myself with  a hunger for knowledge and studying on the afterlife, angels, ghosts, heaven, near death experiences others have had and what they said it was like.  I have talked with a few mediums, tarot card readers and learned to listen to my own inner voice, look for signs and oh the dreams I’ve had… AMAZING.  I’ve discovered I fully believe in angels, heaven, I even had the most amazingly comforting visit from my mom the night after she passed. I talked with a couple mediums that were so accurate on what they told me and had messages that provided so much specific peace for me and my loved ones and a couple that I felt like were in over their head and not so accurate.  Most of all I’ve learned that these things have increased my faith and spirituality. I shy more away from many organized religious structures the last few years and more into my personal relationship with God. I am seeing the correlation between faith and intuition.  They are different threads of the same muscle. The more I quiet down and listen to my intuition, my inner voice, the greater my spiritual connection is to God,  myself and others.

Which leads me to that last life changing event; my son.  This is a boy that was so destined to be a part of our family. He perfectly fits, like the fourth side of our square, the balancing energy and he’s so full of love.

My spirituality has grown so much deeper in the last few years, I’ve changed my perspective so much from the more rigid views I’ve heard around me in my life. I truly believe that 99% of all religions should focus on love and our human similarities instead of people’s differences, guilt and man-made rules. Love yourself, love others, love God, love that you are a part of Him, love what gifts he gave you, love the earth, love your family.  The last 1 percent is all the other stuff.  I have been studying parts of many religions the last few years, connecting with the parts of them that revolve around connection, peace and love.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101349493/soulful-yoga-upward-facing-dog-pose

Heart chakra meditation is a technique to release sadness and fear and bring compassion and love into your life.  You can find more info here at www.yogabasics.com/meditation/heartMeditation.html

The Heart Chakra – artwork reminders of love, compassion and spirituality.

The heart chakra is in the heart area, behind the breast bone. It is associated with love, compassion, spirituality and healing.  Here is some great information I got from about.com The Heart Chakra is associated with the color green or the color pink. This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words “Love Heals All” have great truth. Hurtful situations that can affect our emotional being are divorce or separation, grief through death, emotional abuse, abandonment, adultery. All of these are wounding to the heart chakra. Physical illnesses brought about by heartbreak require that an emotional healing occur along with the physical healing. Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The “wounded child” resides in the heart chakra.

Chakra Four – Associations

  • Color – green, pink
  • Sanskrit Name – anahata
  • Physical Location – center of chest
  • Purposes – emotional empowerment
  • Spiritual Lesson – forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion
  • Physical Disfunctions– heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – love, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity
  • Information Stored Inside Heart Chakra – connections or “heart strings” to those whom we love
  • Area of Body Governed – heart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, diaphragm, thymus, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands

This pose is called the Upward Facing Dog Pose. One of the chakras it helps open is the heart chakra.  You can find the artwork prints here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101348901/soulful-yoga-upward-facing-dog-pose-love

Prints from this chakra are especially great for someone going through one of the following times: heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems and those needing extra support in areas of love, compassion and spirituality.

This piece is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self-aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

The original that this print is from was created on an upcycled door. I love the symbolism of the doorway; closing the door on the past, opening the door to a new future. My husband helps me to cut down no longer needed hollow doors, we then add wood inserts to make all four sides solid. I then add layers of texture and finally do the artwork.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose

I will continue announcing each week one new piece for this series.

e-course heaven

Back in December I’d never taken an e-course, never really thought much about them.  Then I stumbled across some information about one coming up on the Where Women Create facebook page. (LOVE that magazine!!!!)  So I checked out Hello Soul Hello Business. It was made for me I tell you.  After getting up the nerve I signed up. It couldn’t have come at a better time.  I was at a place with my art where I could feel transition and growth happening but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I had just had my gallbladder removed and I was going to be doing a lot of lying around for the month of January.  When this course started (It was created by the fabulous Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls). I savored every post, contemplated every question and filled up notebooks full of  journaling, exercise answers and sketches. I LOVED it. Equally as valuable as the content in the course was (is) the amazing group of like-minded people I met from all over the world. I had heard people talking about finding your tribe, I found mine. Such a special group of soulful, creative, caring women.  Fast forward 4 months and the course was wrapping up, I then signed up for Vivienne McMasters Montage course. It starts today and I am SO excited, I can’t wait to make some great videos for my website and use those skills also in making great videos of my family. Add in the Goddess Leona from far away Australia – I signed up for her “Become a business Goddess”, I stayed up til 2am that night reading all about her journey and insight on e-courses, business expansion, etc.  That next morning in fact I woke up before 6 when my son woke up, my husband knew I was so tired from being up so late that he took him out to the living room and let me sleep a bit longer. As I drifted back to sleep that’s when I had the most amazing visions/dreams all about the e-course I want to teach.  I knew what each chapter would be about, at least a dozen experts I wanted to pull in to teach on different aspects of it, some quotes and the feeling I wanted the students to have while taking the course. I then woke up and luckily had a pen and paper on the floor by my bed. I wrote every detail I could remember down. I was still half asleep but that probably helped me not to over analyze each item. I then thought of 2 more courses and some details for those.  …then… I went back to bed.  It wasn’t until 10pm that night that I finally got a chance to look at my scribbled. I got goosebumps! I am SO glad I wrote down all my ideas.  Of course now I’m also going to be taking a course in September all about teaching e-courses (cuz only the best for my students).

So yes here I am now, I am blogging while taking my 4th e-course. Build a blog you truly love by Liv Lane.  And yes… I’m loving it.  I hadn’t really thought too much about blogging until these last few months but something really struck me a couple of weeks ago during our first class.  During an interview between Seth Godin and Tom Peters they were talking about the benefits of blogging and one mentioned how he felt very strongly felt that blogging had absolutely helped make his business as successful as it is today. Secondly he talked about the personal development advantage; when you blog you take yourself out of the situation a bit and force yourself to gain some perspective, process life’s events in a different way. Then you articulate those events into a congruent thought.  I hadn’t ever thought about it that way but it’s so true. It constantly forces me to rise above whatever situation I’m facing (even if just for a few minutes) to see it all from a greater point of view.

I have found such incredible value in taking these courses.  As said before I have met amazing people, I am learning so many incredible things (who would’ve thought that being an artist for a living would mean that you actually only painted 10% of your working hours), most of my classes I’m taking are so that I can get my business side together, hire the right people to help me with it so I can up my painting percentage. Although it does make a monday easier sitting outside on the pergola under the grapevines w/ the birds chirping in the background I have to say.  But even better than being out here w/ my laptop would be being out here w/ my easel!

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