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19 Girl Guides And Counting

Another successful Happy Harping workshop!!! This time Halton Harps was harping with the Girl Guides in Smithville.

Split into three groups we rotated through the rainbow set of harps. Each group learned how to play a familiar song.

Fusing music with arts and crafts the girls have an opportunity to explore musical sounds and rhythms by using their creativity and imagination.

Best of all we’re inclusive. All participants learn to play their part in the music making process. Facilitating from the Rainbow of Sound or Color My World music programs makes it easy for children to learn the fundamentals of music in an environment that encourages growth and personal development.

Benefits of Harp Playing

“Recreational Music-making (RMM) encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages, regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.

From exercise, nurturing, social support, bonding and spirituality, to intellectual stimulation, heightened understanding and enhanced capacity to cope with life’s challenges, the benefits of recreational 
music-making extend far beyond music. Recreational music-making ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits”

– Karl T. Bruhn – Father of the Music-Making
 and Wellness Movement

Interested in hosting a Happy Harping workshop? Contact: francescadurham@gmail.com

 

Be What You Are And Do What You Love

RUMI said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

If you need a little encouragement or inspiration here are a few key points to help you find beauty and love in yourself, what you do, your surroundings and everyday living.

  1. Decide what a “beautiful life” means to you.
  2. Lay the foundation and start creating the beautiful life you know you deserve.
  3. Be authentic and honest with yourself in every decision you make.
  4. Focus on moving toward your desired end result.
  5. Be grateful for what challenges you and makes you stronger.
  6. Be open to change and new life experiences.
  7. Be present and thankful for today.

The power of belief and discipline contributes greatly to the success of being what you are. Be patient with yourself and trust the process. Your free will shapes the reality you create. It’s your destiny!

Interested in working with a mentor to help you cope with major life change and transitions? Do you need help choosing the right certified therapeutic harp program? Thinking about having a MARI® experience to remember your wholeness and the beauty of living a healthy, fulfilling, authentic, creative life.

Contact francescadurham@gmail.com.

 

Imagine A Doorway Into The Wonder of Your Mind

MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument)

Did you know MARI® has been called, “The Doorway into the Wonder of the Psyche?” Well, what I know for sure is MARI® has a beautiful way of opening people’s heart and minds.  You have the opportunity to see a visual of what is real and true in your life.

This past weekend a doorway opened in a big way for one participant in our workshop. She wasn’t expecting the heartfelt impact after creating her MARI®.  Our safe space allowed her to open up and share. Conversations took off like a rocket and it started with the quietest person in the room taking the lead which is awesome!!!

Spontaneous creativity supports participants to see and integrate what they might be holding in. It also reveals their visionary potentials. It’s the spontaneous drawing that sometimes seems a little scary for some to let go and just create.

Our weekend workshop was profound in so many ways. Thank you to those who took the time to come out and thank you for sharing your experiences.

Creating authentic heart connections in our community is alive and well! And it just keeps on getting better.

Interested in a personal MARI® experience? Join our next workshop. Contact me for details francescadurham@gmail.com

 

What Does It Take To Be Brave With Your Life?

Being brave is about taking action and it takes courage to be brave.

I decided to survey my circle of friends for their thoughts on being brave. These were the common actions and thoughts about what it takes to be brave with your life.

  1. Make decisions and be a leader.
  2. Be OK being different.
  3. Show you’re vulnerable.
  4. Do what you do and do it well.
  5. Know what you stand for.
  6. Share your experience.

Leadership is a skill that you can learn. And if you already have leadership qualities there is always room for improvement to maximize your potential.

Working toward being the best version of you each and every day takes bravery and courage. By the end of the year, you can look back and see from your actions how far you’ve come. Realistic goals and challenges are important. Most importantly, remember to be playful and have fun too.

If you are interested in working with a mentor to help you cope with major life change and transitions or if you need help with choosing the right harp therapy program for you please contact me @ francescadurham@gmail.com.

Can Therapeutic Harp Music Inspire Creativity?

You bet.
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Look at the image created by local artist Andrea.

The lesson was given by Jennifer Cairns, Director of the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. The inspiration came from studying the great work of Hundertwasser. The collection of work from the artists came together in late Spring.

I was invited to play for the artists on a brisk Monday morning. So, with my pink harp in hand, I sat around the table and played for everyone. They worked feverishly from the minute they picked up coloured pencils, markers and everything else made available. From lots of chatter to quiet in a matter of minutes, all the volunteers noticed a difference. The artists shared and expressed when sounds made them feel, happy, sad, sparkly and peaceful. I believe they enjoyed the experience and connecting with the harp music.

During my recent visit to the JCHAC in June, I happened upon their latest art exhibition. Looking back at me from across the gallery was Andrea’s completed image. I was overjoyed and thrilled to see the stunning results from her hard work and effort. Who would have thought I’d make it into the picture?

Congratulations to all the artists. It was a pleasure to be part of the experience too.

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Are You Living A Meaningful Life? Karina Is.

I know one young woman who’s living a meaningful life. Karina Bianca Scali. Karina recently fulfilled a lifelong dream, one she can now scratch off her bucket list.

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Friday, March 31st I had the pleasure of meeting Karina. She joined our Harp Circle at Joshua Creek’s Heritage Art Centre.

Learning how to play the harp was on Karina’s bucket list. She realized this goal on Friday. The accomplishment enhanced not only her happiness, her well-being too. Achieving this goal is one of many sustainable core projects Karina’s aligned for herself this year. Her goals, all within reach, are full of personal meaning.

To read Karina’s story click here.
http://www.erinoakkids.ca/Newsroom/Stories/Karina.aspx

An inspiration to us all, Karina moves through life with grace and calm.

Do you ever take a moment to reflect on what matters most in your life? Karina did. Setting goals pulls us forward toward possibilities. With the odds against her at every corner, Karina’s risen above every challenge. Today she focuses on individual goals to enjoy living a meaningful life.

Let this be the beginning of a magical new adventure and harp journey for Karina. The possibilities of learning how to play the harp are endless.

Karina’s story is one I’m only too happy to share with others. Together let’s bring awareness to community about Williams syndrome.
https://williams-syndrome.org/what-is-williams-syndrome

Williams Syndrome has been Karina’s life challenge. And, it’s been through difficulties faced having Williams syndrome that’s shinned a light on Karina’s gifts and talents. Music is definitely a gift Karina’s blessed to share with others. She plays the guitar. Now she’s learning how to play the harp!

Karina’s personal development has grown tremendously since moving to Oakville in the late 90’s. Her personal accomplishments, too many to mention, are inspiring and it doesn’t stop there. I understand congratulations are in order. Karina’s accepted into the Sheridan College ECE program starting 2017. Wow!

After a great deal of disappointment, rejection and having many doors closed, Karina never gave up. She persevered allowing several new opportunities to unfold. Perhaps the lesson is about following your dreams and listening only to those who say, “You Can Do It.”

Karina lives everyday with wonder and surprise. She lives an authentic, meaningful life carrying out what needs doing to make her dreams come true. She certainly has courage.

Your community is right behind you, Karina. Every step of the way we will be here to support you in every way.

See you again soon at JCHAC. We can’t wait to have you join us again.💜

Enrich Your Life With Creativity At Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Authentic Heart Connections In Your Community

FDPOSTMMI invite you to come out and have a little fun in the month of February. Try something new at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre.

February 24th join in our very 1st Harp Circle  from 6:30-8:00PM. Another MARI Workshop is scheduled for March 4th 10:00AM-12:00noon. There are too many wonderful activities to mention here so be sure to check their calendar of events.

The Riches Of Life Exhibition is a must see. As well, the 6th annual Art From The Heart.

Expressive arts is a multi-modal approach to healing and self development. In other words, a good way to relax, recharge and realign. MARI is perfect for this experience as well as learning how to play an instrument. What are you waiting for?

I’ll be presenting throughout the month of February at JCHAC. Come out and make authentic heart ❤️connections in your community. Strengthen your mental health and enrich your life with creativity. See you there!!!!

In 3 Easy Steps Learn How You Can Find Your WOW Factor ~ Images That Suit

What you wear speaks volumes about what you want others to know about you. So, why bother with a wardrobe you ask? Well, it’s common to hear someone say, “I haven’t got anything to wear” and if this describes you, then you need to survey your wardrobe and make a plan.

Listen to Gail reveal Fall’s 2016 unique and exciting line up of trends, patterns, prints, detail, colours, boots, shoes and so much more to suit YOU.

The key is to plan an adequate wardrobe. Have enough suitable work clothes to carry out your job and feel confident about the way you look. Learn how you can go from Business, to Business Casual to Casual Friday’s in three easy steps.

Have I peaked your interest? Good.