This is a coloring book about practice. Practice is like a magic wand. It takes every terrible first try and turns it into the start of something good - even great. All it takes to move from terrible to great is the willingness to practice and practice again. Very little of our life is a once and done experience. That is a good thing! Because the feeling we get when we have practiced long enough to see the magic start to move us from terrible first steps to better next tries to good attempts to even better attempts to great success - that feeling is beyond amazing. That feeling is what makes life the magical journey it is. So, be terrible - and then start practicing!
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I am a Colorado artist writing on paper, silver and cloth. I write to bring a focus to words which hold a vibration that opens our awareness to the great big energy ocean we are all vibrating members of, words like gratitude. In that awareness we can see the best, most luminous part of ourselves, and each other. I did not start out thinking I would ever create a coloring book, so go grab a fresh brew in your coffee cup and let me share a story with you about how a short writing turned into a coloring book about the super power of gratitude. These started out as simple one page writings about what I was most grateful for each day using the alphabet. Twenty six days later I had the writings done and I started thinking it would be big fun to draw an illustration for each one as a way to stay engaged with that great gratitude energy. I drew an illustration for each. I really got excited about the owl drawing for the W is for Wisdom page and sent out a digital copy to my son Luke. Soon he had taken my drawing a step forward by creating four digital copies in different colors and one in grey scale which he sent back to me. I shared Luke’s versions of the owl on my blog and my email box started to light up with comments about wanting to color my gratitude illustrations. Suddenly people reading my blog were clamoring for a coloring book! I immediately rejected that idea. I was not creating a coloring book! Really! What were they thinking? When a community knocks on my door I listen, because not listening takes my life sideways until I do. I listened, mostly because I could not help it. The emails kept coming. People wanted to color. So here we are with our coffee cups and the end of my story because if you are reading this page you already know how the story ends. Now I draw illustrations for coloring books so the act of coloring in them can slow us down enough to let our own energy resonate with that energy ocean vibration, creating an opportunity for enough calm that we can see how we are all in this together. We are one.
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Book Description Johanna Erikson Geiss, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0692656898