About this blog

Welcome to Speak Your Art Blog Hub. This blog combines posts from seven of my other blogs: In the Flow Studios Arts, In the Flow Studios Body, I Love Shelter Dogs, Mana Keepers, PaaMano Eskrima & Performing Arts, Self-Actualization thru Women's Empowerment and Speak Your Art Poetry. It brings my organizations together and offers my readers an easier way to follow new posts in one convenient location.

I hope you will find something that inspires you, empowers you or reminds you of the limitless possibilities that dwell within you. Thank you for visiting. I wish you Peace today and everyday.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Empowering our future one child at a time

It's so important to take a moment and let the children in our lives know that they are of value, that what they say matters. Let them know that they too have important contributions to offer. They are our future in the making. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dash Najarian's First Show

Young and up-and-coming artist, Dash Najarian is interviewed at his first show "Freedom and Disarray" on Sept. 7, 2012 held at "The Bookmachine" in Fullerton. Roland H. Ferrer interviews Dash about his first show, his process and his work for In the Flow Studios Arts. 

Dash has since participated in other shows and his art has grown and changed. We'll be sharing his most recent interview and show in October, for now please enjoy the exuberance and authenticity of his first show and interview. 

We hope Dash and Roland are an encouragement to other young artists to keep working and developing their craft. 

Don't wait...Create!

Thank you Mark Bupp of Digitalproductions.com for filming this interview.

Mimicking Our Hunter-Gatherer Ancestors is Good for Our Health.

This is a concisely written article about the health benefits of looking to the daily behaviors of our hunter-gatherer ancestors as role models for health and longevity. Our bodies developed over millennia to support an outdoor and active lifestyle. Most of us living in contemporary societies rarely perform daily physical activities outdoors, yet the sun, the air, the grass and the dirt all play important rolls in revitalizing our physical and mental wellbeing. Take a moment to read the article below:

The beautiful thing is that we have the power to change our patterns of behavior. If you rarely venture outdoors to be physical, why not start with setting time aside three to four times a week just to take a 15 - 20 minute walk outside? You can also plan special outings on weekends to take a walk on the beach, go for a hike or participate in an outdoor sport. If you have a dog take her to the park or play with her in your backyard. Kids are also a great way to get some outdoor play. When was the last time you played freeze tag, hopscotch or raced down the street? These are all wonderful, simple and doable ways to incorporate outdoor activity into daily life. 

Get creative! We welcome comments about the things you do to stay active outdoors as well as thoughtful suggestions for those that are new to outdoor activities.

Now go outside and have some fun! It’s good for you. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sixth Sense - Proprioception

Proprioception, the vital but mysterious sensation of position and movement. The Sixth Sense is a concise but well written article about the importance of proprioception for a healthy and balanced life.

Link to Sixth Sense Article

Articles in the Biological Literacy Series are fun explorations of how the human body works. Take time to check out some of their other articles while you're there. It's a great site full of useful information. 

What is Body Sense?

Body sense is the ability to pay attention to our sensations, emotions, body shape, and movements, in the present moment, without the mediating influence of judgmental thoughts. In technological societies where thinking is favored, people lose touch with their bodies, compromising physical and mental health. As a scientist practitioner of body sense awareness, I write each post with links to relevant research as well as suggesting ways to enhance your body sense for optimal well-being.

Read this Psychology Today article and find out. Proprioception is an essential component in developing our Body Sense by Alan Fogel, Ph.D. Dr. Fogel is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and has been an active contributor to research on emotional and sensorimotor development in the social context during during infancy and adulthood for the past 30 years.

Myths come from the artist... Joseph Campbell

"There is no humanity in the state. What runs the world is economics and politics, and they have nothing to do with the spiritual life. So we are left with this void. It's the job of the artist to create these new myths. Myths come from the artists." Joseph Campbell (from a 1985 interview with Chris Goodrich in Publisher's Weekly)

Art is important! Keep writing, choreographing, acting, performing, singing, playing music, painting, drawing, designing, taking photos...humanity needs your art!

"Dewdrops" original harp composition by Roland H. Ferrer

Roland (here at age 14) has been gracing art shows with live performances for years. Here he is performing an original song for Mana Keepers Arts Open House. His compositions are written to promote mental, physical and emotional healing. 

If you like what you hear you can stay connected to Roland and his music through his Facebook page at: Sound of Zero  

The Guest House ~ Rumi


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks