Living a busy life as multimedia artists building a company from the ground up encompassing web design, graphics, photography, video, art & music, it seems we have little time for ourselves some days. I’m sure many people feel the same about their own hectic schedules. This week turns into next week in the blink of an eye and then before you know it the seasons change and new opportunities arise. Finishing up one project and starting another feels much like the change of seasons. The ebb and flow of creativity, working with your spouse and being newlyweds and trying to keep it all together is a challenge. So, when Emily at The Joyful Life offered us the chance to work on her website and capture aspects of the Joyful Life through photography while staying a week , naturally we jumped at the chance.
This website represents our experience and interpretation of “Living a Joyful Life”
This project has truly been like no other we have done before. We felt that having the chance to live and breathe our surroundings allowed us to absorb the energy, positivity, and light that The Joyful Life brings. With this inspiration, we have been able to channel the spirit of The Joyful Life to its fullest and bring to you this website and imagery.
Our stay was during the coldest wintry and snowy month in Ohio. Bill and Emily gave us helpful instructions about the important things, like the light switches, a run-down of heating the room depending on where we planned on hanging out for the day or night, where to find the yoga mats, warm blankets and bath towels. We were fully prepared to hunker down for a week of bliss and at the same time to take advantage of the rare chance to have some rest and relaxation, eat good, rest good and celebrate ourselves as newlyweds and take in the peace and stillness. By surrounding ourselves with the calm we both were craving, we allowed the inner stillness needed to re-energize our bodies, minds and spirits emerged, giving us the greatest gift we could ask for – the chance to be at our most creative and intuitive.
Reflect. Pause. Act.
We will admit, of our biggest faults is moving to fast through the day, the week, and life in general. The first order of business is to SLOW DOWN. Allowing yourself the chance to take a slow deep breath to evaluate the world around you brings calm, warm, loving, neutrality. This is a simple a formula that helps focus your thoughts into a a neutral state of mind where you can think more clearly, creating the opportunity for your actions and reactions to serve everyone around you with acts of greater love and caring.
One of our favorite things at The Joyful Life is the Amethyst Bio Mat. The Bio Mat is in the Reiki room, which provides a gorgeous view of Lake Erie along with plenty of books and meditation and relaxation music. This is not our first experience with the Bio Mat. Last winter we had the chance to spend some time using the Bio Mat and had amazing results, helping with issues like insomnia, stress, tension, and back pain. When we knew the temperatures were expected to be below zero for most of the week, we knew right away this would be our go-to daily meditation and stillness spot.
Amethyst has the ability to transform lower energies into higher energies and acts as a healer at all levels of the mind, body, and spirit. The healing powers of Amethyst date as far back as the Greeks who believed Amethyst protected a person from the intoxicating effects of alcohol and into ancient Egypt as well.
from - http://www.biomatamethyst.com
The bio mat truly allows you to escape to a peaceful state of well-being. It is perfectly heated and comfortable beyond words that can describe. Depending on your state of mind, you can listen to a light guided meditation, soft music or sometimes pure silence is all you need. After a bio mat session, we are always renewed, rejuvenated and relaxed.
“My Eye” … Opening the Third Eye
It is not surprising that the painting inspiration in the portable studio for the week was a theme of an “eye”. As Donny started to work on his next painting, aptly titled “My Eye”, I focused on opening my third eye chakra during my Reiki treatment with Emily.
The third eye chakra is located between your eyebrows, on your forehead. It is is about seeing truth. Your third eye can magnify your intuitive and psychic capacity, strengthen your awareness about yourself and others, bring more clarity to your thoughts, insight and wisdom and increase your concentration to achieve your goals. When you open your third eye, you allow yourself a much deeper sense of seeing objects, events, people, energies, etc. even if at distant locations. We are all connected to everyone and everything.
Connecting the Conscious Mind to Spirit
The greatest gift the The Joyful Life has given us is strengthening the connections we allow ourselves to make with one another and most importantly to our universal spirit worlds. Such connections appear before us to awaken us. We CAN decide the future we would like to create by our thoughts and actions.
The power of free will guides us to create the lives we want in fine detail. Harnessing the power of thought, while using the energy of our emotions, gives us the opportunity to bring greater meaning, love and consideration towards ourselves and to others.
We are all artists. Mastering the art of the power of consciousness to build and create a greater vision of ourselves is a door we all have inside of us; a door that The Joyful Life has given us the key.
Post by Donny & Molly Taylor
Concept Pop Multimedia
Donny and Molly Taylor are contemporary multimedia artists specializing in multiple technologies and artistic methods including web & graphic design, photography, special event photography, video, special event videography, multimedia installations and original art. They have a combined 20 + years in all areas of artistic methods and pride themselves on customer service and treating each project as a “Work of Art”. They have previously practiced their art in California, New York, and Florida. Their studio is currently located in Ashtabula, Ohio and they are available for national on-site location assignments.