Gems 5.25

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.25

Photo by one of our top contributors and one of our very favorite photographer-poets, Cord X.  Used with permission.  Thank you so much! ♡

under1000skies
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 4.139

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Gems 4.139

Photo “Lake Constance” by Lars Nissen, Pixabay

Years ago I started mailing out graphics I made twice a day to friends. I called it “Rx-for-Healing.  It began after I heard Dr. Northrup’s interview in the movie Hungry for Change.  I wrote extensively about how doing this twice-daily exercise changed my life.  I went from being my worst enemy to — if not yet my best friend, definitely a good friend to myself.

When I started Rx-for-Healing in 2012, I also made it my lifetime goal to create at least 10,000 uplifting messages of beauty during my lifetime.  Since then I’ve created around 3,000 or so.  Rx-for-Healing is all about opposites.  If I felt a strong negative emotion, I looked for its opposite.  Then I looked for quotes about that positive word and read those quotes until I felt better.  It worked really well.  Then I created the graphics which make up most of the ones found on my Pinterest boards, Great Advice from Wise PeopleCreated with Love and my 365-Grateful boards.

When I began under1000skies four years ago, I wanted to use the creative works of homeless artists exclusively.   It soon became very apparent that most homeless creative folks have a lot more going on than supplying this site with photos and poetry.   It was a privilege to receive the beauty when they could share it, given the chaos and difficulty of their lives.

So, on the days in between, I continued to add to this lifetime goal by combining inspiring quotes with beautiful photos from friends, from free sources, or from my own photos and art.

One of the ways I find quotes is to read the news, then summarize the prevailing emotion for the day.  Then I try to find an opposite word and quotes about that which will help heal hearts.  Today’s news had a lot about hate it in.  Among the antonyms for hate is the word “respect.” I found this quote by Don Miguel Ruiz about respect to be perfect for today.

My lifetime goal is ongoing because, as my personal site tagline says, “I feel the world and want to help heal the world.”  I know peace on earth begins with me.  I hope my journey to healing has inspired you and will continue to do so in the days ahead.

With love and respect,

Niki Flow

under1000skies
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems News

Big News today for Gems/Under1000Skies!

packs

As Posted on Instagram:
#under1000skies Our artist-pack supplies came in today! We have enough for six packs. Each pack includes pens, an all-weather notebook, a disposable camera and a waterproof bag (shown behind). Each (winter) pack also includes one warm scarf and one pair of gloves. Three of these packs are going to our Denver volunteer @wilddreamwalks two to our Delaware team @jazztizz and the other one to our California volunteer @big_manuel  These photos will be returned to us to be developed scanned and featured on our “Under1000Skies” @wordpressdotcom site along with poetry, musings, stories or anything else the artists care to write. We began Under1000skies as a way for homeless artists to connect with each other and form bonds of mutual respect, compassion and deep understanding from shared life experiences. Our Second Gallery #exhibition will be up this weekend. #grateful #heartsong #homeless #artists #photographers #lightfilledgems Special thanks to @cntryboyluv @#and @wilddreamwalks for photography #contributions. We are always looking for new #photos and #art to feature on our site. You always retain full rights. See our “about” page for more info. Thank you you so much for helping us distribute these packs! Thanks also to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the word about “Under1000Skies”. 😊@tizzlovesrowdy