Showing posts from October, 2016

October 2016 meeting of The Maker's Space

The October meeting of The Maker’s Space focused on Orientation of the O-O-D-A-loop concept for changing behavior and intentionally living a more creative life.   Last month, we talked about Observation outwardly of God’s creation, and inwardly, our heart rooms and the doors to our hearts.   This month we talked about orientating ourselves to the situation that we find ourselves.   On a deeper level, to Whom to we belong? Psalm 139:13-14   Eph. 2:10 You belong.   To whom? We all ask that question.   " Loneliness is one of the most universal human experiences and is among the worst of human sufferings." [ Henry Nowen] Most of us know that feeling of being alone, isolated.   It’s not the same as choosing to be alone once in a while, or being independent at times.   It’s the feeling that now one is near, that no one remembers, that no one cares for my soul. Ps. 142:4 that there is no one to live for.   It’s a feeling of deep isolation, of not belonging to anyone.   “To who

Definitions from the books Creative Live and A Space for God---from sessions of The Maker's Space

Definitions Leisure is not the inevitable result of spare time, a holiday, a weekend or a vacation.   It is, in the first place, an attitude of mind, a condition of the soul.   Leisure implies an attitude of nonactivity, of inward calm, of silence, it means not being “busy,” but letting things happen.   Leisure is a form of silence, of that silence which is the prerequisite of the apprehension of reality:   only the silent hear and those who do not remain silent do not hear.   Silence is the soul’s power to answer to the reality of the world undisturbed.   For leisure is a receptive attitude of mind, a contemplative attitude, and it is not only the occasion but also the capacity for steeping oneself in the whole of creation.   Leisure is not the attitude of mind of those who actively intervene, but of those who are open to everything: not of those who grab and grab hold, but of those who leave the reins loose and who are free and easy themselves—almost like someone falling asleep

September 26, 2016 Evening Review of The Maker's Space

PENCIL DRAWING Our intention is to slow down, using art as a tool, to rediscover our creative self.  We were all created to be creative.  Sometimes it gets lost in the demands and busyness of our world.  By making time in your schedules, you are slowing down and intentionally trying to find a more joyful way to go through life....creatively. In order to make any change in behavior, you need to slow down your reaction so that you can become intentional in your thought-life and consequent actions.  One way we discussed is a system known as OODA-LOOP...OBSERVE, ORIENTATE, DECIDE, ACT, repeat.....or loop it around. On 9/26, we started with OBSERVATION.  Observe your situation.  Observe your surroundings.  Observe your outer self.  Observe your inner self. We are using the books A Space for God by Don Postema and the Creative Live by Alice Bass. Both can be found on Amazon and are intended for self-study.  We are using some of the material for group exercises in order to slow d