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Intuitive Artist + Teacher.

Creator of Intuitive Artworks, Card Decks + Classes/Courses.

Based in Clontarf, Queensland Australia.

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INTUITIONS

Intuitive Musings + News

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Nature Inspiration

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello beauty,

What I've been really feeling called to connect with lately is how effortlessly Mother Nature inspires us with her beauty. Truly, whenever we take the time to nourish ourselves with a walk in the great outdoors, there is so much gorgeousness at every turn.

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beautiful nature creek

A daily walk has been part of my self-care practice for many years now. Actually if I'm honest, it's probably more like 5 times a week. But even if it's just a 10 minute walk down the road, there's something about being in nature that brings me back into myself. I feel refreshed, invigorated and strangely enough - more positive about the future of our planet.

Why?

Because when I'm connecting with nature, I can take time to step out of my busy mind and instead, notice how incredibly She evolves, adapts and grows ... and that brings me such hope and trust in the intelligence that underlies our lives and the Universe.

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Nature creek

The truth is, ever since I was a child, I've felt absolutely in awe of nature's expression and ecosystems. Whether it's the shape of a smooth, curved leaf, the reflections or patterns on the surface of a water, tadpoles in a creek or a surprise visit from nature's creatures - my goodness - I can't help but see it all as a beautiful blessing every time.

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As humans, we are wired to protect the things we love. I see my role as an Artist as someone who can share my inner feelings and expressions through my work and for me that means, Mother Nature. When we are so busy, we often forget how beautiful the very place we live in is. But it doesn't take much to connect with Her and drink in her natural beauty.

All of the images I've shared with you here are within a 5 minute walk from my house. There is a creek that runs behind my house and about a year ago, I discovered that the local green group had cleaned up a pathway through the bushland alongside it. It's now become like a sacred ritual to visit here and because it's a place I've grown to admire so much, I feel so deeply passionate about conserving, showcasing and sharing its beauty with others.

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Feeling inspired, this week, I taught an intuitive nature art session with my son's prep class. I just love how having conversations with children can so easily open them up to the beauty and awe within us all. And I have learned that this awe actually never leaves us, we just get too busy to notice it.

So this week, I invite you to visit somewhere natural and reconnect with that sense of wonder and beauty that exists every day around us. It doesn't need to be a grand gesture - most of us can find somewhere natural within 5 - 10 minutes of our home.

If you feel so inclined, you might like to make it a photo walk - get down low and look at the little wild flowers growing in the cracks of the pavement, or the shimmering light shining through the canopy of trees overhead. The camera in your phone is enough for this.

I can guarantee - I promise - you will return feeling all the better for it. Because when we connect with nature, we also connect with the natural part of ourselves within. Our planet is truly the most magnificent gift; an incredible ecosystem, which we are a part of. When we remember to appreciate and nourish Her, we in turn, nourish ourselves and every other thing on the planet benefits.

If you feel inspired to connect with nature creatively, I invite you to check out my Mindful Nature Artwork e-class, online with Wanderlust 2018. Details on my classes page HERE.

All my Love,

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Refilling Our Cup

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I'm a big believer in noticing everyday 'signs' as symbols of guidance from the Universe - and when I notice something repetitively - it's like an extra nudge to take notice; there's an important lesson to be learned.

So over a cuppa date with a friend recently, I spilled the beans to her; explaining how I'd been spilling water from my drinking cup, over and over recently - even onto people! Was I just rushing too much?

Then, my friend responded with her simple, innocent wisdom: "You don't realise when your cup is empty?" 

Agh. There it was. The truth is, many times in my life I had failed to notice when 'my cup' (meaning my sense of wellbeing) felt dangerously low. But I have to say, this year something I'm actively working to change: I'm making my needs a priority - not just when I can fit it in, but every day in my life choices

For me, this has meant a number of subtle shifts, mostly around establishing healthy boundaries through self-care. Self-care reminds us that we matter and that our needs are important.

Personally, a number of mini self-care rituals fill my cup on a regular basis and nurture my wellbeing. Here are my favourites: 

DAILY:

In the first hour of waking, I set my Insight Timer for a 10 minute morning meditation and put on some incense. This reminds me to just 'Be' with my senses and engage with the present moment, instead of 'Doing' all the time. The incense also acts as a trigger to get into my presence space.

Every night before falling asleep, I think of 10 things I'm grateful for from the day. This helps train my mind to look for the good things in life. I'm also reminded that even on a shitty day, there were things that lit me up.

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WEEKLY: 

I undertake a 2 hour Art-making session, at least twice a week. Art-making for me feels both therapeutic and insightful.

On Saturday mornings, I gift myself a yoga class to nourish my body.

Once a week, I organise a cafe + cuppa outing with a someone I love - and sometimes myself. As a Mama, this is my luxury time.

Whenever I feel like it, I replace my morning meditation with a mindful drawing exercise. Here, I find joy both through the present moment and doing what I love - making Art.

MONTHLY:

I book in for a massage and make a point of mindfully enjoying it. No explanation necessary. 

YEARLY:

I pick a word of the year. This helps me set an intention for the way I want to live my life in the months ahead. 

I buy myself something special that I've wanted for months. Just because I deserve it.

I attend a yoga retreat and get my self-care ONNNN! I always feel good when I nurture my body.

 Mama Nurture Oracle Cards - Available  HERE

Mama Nurture Oracle Cards - Available HERE

Your self-care rituals will likely look much different to mine. We intuitively know what a good cup-filling exercise is for us, because it feels like a joyous relief every time we engage in it. 

These are the things we need to practice more of; rituals that fill us up from the inside out. When we feel filled from within, we can give to others with more gratitude. With frequency, self-care begins to sink in and become a habit. It also helps rewire our brains to enable more self-love to unfold. 

Do you need a bit of help tuning into your self-care? You might enjoy the Insight Timer app or one of my online or in-person creative workshops HERE. They're filled with the tools I personally use to get present with myself.

All my Love,  

Chrissy


UPCOMING CLASSES:

'Creating with Feeling'. 5th March, 2017 @ Viroga Yoga Studio + Day Spa. Brighton, QLD. 10 am - 4 pm. BOOK HERE.

IN THE MEDIA:

Check out my heartfelt interview on Expressive Art Inspirations with Artist + Therapist, Shelley Klammer. READ HERE.

Upcoming Classes

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hi beauties, just a short and sweet email to let you know I have a few spaces available in my 'Creating with Feeling' in-person workshop this weekend.

The venue has now changed to My Home Studio in Clontarf, Queensland and I couldn't be more excited to share my space with you.

If you're around town this Sunday 5th March between 10 am - 4 pm, I'd love to get colourful with you! It's just $150 for the full day, with all materials provided.

To learn fun and playful ways to incorporate more self-care and mindfulness into your life via Art-making. BOOK HERE.

For my beloved International customers, you can access my online course 'Colour with Feeling' HERE.