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How I Use Art to Pray

09 Nov 2018 12:53 PM | Nicole The Creativity Coach (Administrator)

I have always loved creativity and the joy it brings to life!  I've often felt it was my mission to convince people that they are creative, whether they think they are or not, (or even want to be or not, LOL!)

That's why I opened The ARTbar over 15 years ago.  To help EVERYONE feel like an artist and find their inner creativity.  It's also one of the reasons why I fell in LOVE with the Zentangle process.  It can be done by any age, any artistic level -- and it's relaxing and fulfilling!

But on a personal level, although making art made me FEEL better, it didn’t truly fill the hole in my heart.  It was a hole that kept getting bigger the more I wandered away from God.  Yet because of my love for creativity, the process of art helped me to slow down and open my heart to Him in ways that the busy-ness of life wouldn’t allow. 

Lately, I've been wondering how to best share with you some of the creative exercises that I use in my personal life.  Most of the in-person classes I do are for teams and nonprofits.  It's not possible with my schedule to offer classes for individuals on a regular basis, which is why The ARTbar is only open to the public during our monthly ARTwalk (1st Saturday night).

So I made this video of one of my favorite spiritual practices, using ART to draw my PRAYER.  It helps me to take a deep breath and calm the chatter in my mind.

And that’s how HEartPRAYERS were created. If you are on my newsletter list, you already received the very 1st video.  If not, I hope you enjoy this preview of the 1st HEartPRAYER video from October, titled Holy & Whole: (2 minute overview version).

My goal is to share a new FREE video prayer with you monthly, so if this resonates with you, please subscribe here, and choose HeartStarters/HEartPRAYERS as an option on the mailing list.  We'll send you the complete step-by-step of the video above, as well as an additional video on our coloring/shading tips.   Plus we'll let you know when the next one is available for viewing.  

Don't forget to join us on Facebook and enter the Challenge!  I'm offering a surprise gift for one lucky winner, just as a way to encourage you all to try it!

This gift will include a CD from Salt of the Sound, who graciously provide the lovely background music on the video.  I love creating art to their music!  I call it the soundtrack to the movements of my soul.

Happy creating and creative praying. 

- Nicole

Nicole Steiman, Creativity Coach

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