This week Awesome Stories brings you creative photography, heart listening, music, creativity and love.
Hendy Mp, a talented nature photographer from Indonesia, has created this delightful collection of photos. At first, I thought it was photoshopped, but she simply had great timing and patience! Mp is a fan of macro photography, using her skills to highlight insects, reptiles and amphibians native to Indonesia. To celebrate the beauty in close-up nature, I created a Pinterest board called micro beauty. Enjoy!
Glennon at Momastry has blown my mind and opened my heart again. Time after time, her gifts for observation, openness, vulnerability and writing pierce my heart. One of her latest posts talks about the most important question she ever heard. In truth, she simply listened and responded with a wide open heart to bless a young boy in need. If we could all learn to listen and love this way, what a beautiful world we would have.
Boost Your Creativity
This article offers 14 surprising ways to boost your creativity. The one that most surprised me was the idea to focus on the problem you want to solve rather than solutions. This seems contrary to common sense. Another one is to work in coffee shops. As an introvert, the environment is too stimulating for me. Clearly, we must honor our own rhythms and wisdom in choosing ways to boost our creativity. Trial and error is still a great way to learn what works and what doesn’t. Music, play and dance help stimulate new feelings and ideas for me. How about you? What works best for your creativity.
The Gift of Love
In this simple yet profound video, Jean Vanier offers the wisdom gleaned from a life well lived. He shares ideas on how we can integrate our heads and hearts to discover and share our beauty. We must hear and feel that we are loved. I’m still learning to give myself this feeling and trust in being loved, not for what we do, but simply for who we are. May we shine our beauty, helping to light love in every heart.
More Music Benefits
Recently I posted how music can shape our emotions and brain waves by triggering chemicals like dopamine. This article explores 5 more ways music can benefit us. Jill Suttie offers a nice blend of science and personal testimony for how music has helped in her life. The benefits are reducing stress and pain, boosting our immune system, and improving memory and sports performance. Rock N’ Roll to better health! Actually, I prefer classical for better focus and dance music for energy boosts to get things done like housework or exercise. Do you notice music making your life easier, healthier or happier?