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Go with the wind

It all started with the windy weather this week and some unopened boxes in the attic. In one of these boxes I found my travel journal of my first trip to India with Martijn 10 years ago. The same box had some souvenirs that we took back from our adventure; Tibetan prayer flags. As I like the way their bright colours dance in the wind I hung them in our garden.

When I wanted to draw them in my journal I had a closer look at the symbols and just had to google what is actually going on with those little pieces of cloth. If you’re interested here’s a short version of Wikipedia.org/prayerflag:

¨The Tibetans believe that the prayers and mantras on the flags will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. The colours symbolise the different elements. The images on the flags in the corners are known as the four dignities; the dragon, the garuda, the tiger, and the snowlion. The one in the middle is the wind horse. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. ¨

Laurien Baart

So now, as we speak, the wind is blowing some blessings and an extra dosis positivity into our universe. There’s no harm in trying right?

Do you also have something that you brought back from a trip that is very different from your culture and inspires you? Please share your story in a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

XO

Lau

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10 insights I got from gardening

Nature is the best teacher, and gardening is a great metaphor for life.

I know that this is such a cliché, and tons of words have been devoted to the topic.  However, I really am so excited about our garden, and I therefore wanted to share this illustration with you. It is about 10 things I learned from gardening (and life in general!)

 

Laurien Baart

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Do you also get inspiration from gardening and being in nature? I’d love to hear what inspires you and what you’ve learned from gardening so please leave a comment below.

Lots of love,

Laurien Baart

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How to be a surfer

When I lived in San Sebastián I used to go to the seaside almost every day. It really is my happy place. I always draw tons of inspiration from the ocean and learning how to surf its waves. Now that I can’t go surfing regularly and live away from the coast, I miss being in and near the ocean more than ever. However, I like to think that being a surfer is a mindset.

Inspired by PlanetSark’s poster ‘How to be an artist’ I made this poster which is also a reminder of how I want to live my life.

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I’m thinking of getting this one printed out. Would you like to have one? Please let me know in a comment below or a personal message!

XX

Laurien Baart

 

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The art of yoga

Here’s why I’m a fan of challenges and mini missions: they just make your daily routine more interesting, fun and exciting!

At the beginning of this year I started the `hathayogahappiness´ challenge. I was on my yoga mat every day for 30 days and I made a series of mini drawings; each square represents a day of the challenge. The whole process (the combination of practising yoga every day and drawing about it) was very uplifting. I started with two blank pages in my journal filled with blank squares; pretty boring.

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However, 30 days later: BAM! I was more flexible and created a cool journal page. yoga challengeHave you ever taken up a challenge just because you thought it’d be fun? And, did you enjoy it? Please leave a comment below.

I hope to hear from you, have a wonderful day!

XX

Laurien Baart

P.S. If you’d like to start with yoga, or if you’re looking for some good yoga video’s; check out the FREE online video’s of Lesley Fightmaster on fightmasteryoga.com

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