Friday, January 18, 2013

It's All in Your Hands

Creative Nudge Fridays is here!

Welcome to nudge #8. It's all in your hands. 

Creativity can increase self-awareness. It can also help raise awareness within our local communities and within our family of humanity. I CAN WE CAN is a collaborative art project developed by A Window Between Worlds. It's about noticing what {you} CAN do to end interpersonal violence and abuse in all its forms (physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual). We all have a right to feel safe in our inner and outer worlds.

Here is a nudge to creatively contribute to a new vision of what is possible by looking at what {you} CAN do. Create an "I CAN" artwork. On your hand. Gather materials for your hand creation, such as; body paints, make-up, non-toxic paints, washable markers, words on paper (you can apply with water or water-based glue and a brush) or any other skin-friendly washable materials you like. This process can be done in 30 minutes or take as long as you wish.

Tune in to the possibility of a world without violence. Begin by asking yourself, 'Would I like to be part of creating positive change within humanity?'. Notice any resistance you have to this. Let any excuses or "I can'ts" to surface. Allow yourself to sit with this for a moment or you might like to journal it out. When you are ready, using your breath, consciously breathe out any "I can'ts".

Then, imagining that all is possible, ask yourself, 'What can I do?' and 'What do I think really makes a difference'? Allow yourself to sit with this for a moment or you might like to journal it out. When you are ready, take your creative materials and express out your I CAN creation using one of your hands as the canvas.

To remind yourself that when things feel out of hand, look to what your hands CAN do, take a photo of your hand creation, then use the pic as your screen saver or wallpaper on your phone or computer.

Your view. If you like this post, click LIKE or if you give the nudge a go, please let us know. Share a pic with us on my Facebook Page, or add your comments below. I'd love to see your creations! If you share your hand creation on Twitter or Instagram, let's use the tag #CreativeNudgeFridays so we can find you.

Pass it on. Here is a ready-to-go prod for you to share the nudge on Facebook, Twitter + elsewhere on the web; Creativity raises awareness. It's all in your hands, #CreativeNudgeFridays #ICANWECAN via @Art2EndDV #1billionrising

One creative action might sound like a little. How does a little of anything do much? Because positive change happens one I CAN at a time. Together it makes a movement. We CAN make anything possible.

Create on, Jelena x

p.s. this nudge was inspired by the I CAN self-led workshop. If you would like to be a part of the I CAN WE CAN community wall, add your I CAN hand creation here. I CAN WE CAN is a part of One Billion Rising, a global event on 14 February 2013 where one billion women and those who love them are being invited to walk out, dance, rise up and demand to end violence. In the words of Albert Einstein, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." I imagine a world that holds gratitude, kindness and respect for all.

© Copyright Jelena Mrkich 2013.

Permission is granted to share this post and images within it freely on the condition that the author is credited and this byline is included. Jelena Mrkich is an Artist, Art Therapist and Creative Catayst who is passionate about creativity as a tool for healing, transformation and self-awareness. For more info visit or for regular creative good things join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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