Vilma Reynoso

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Rich in Rainbows

Dreams. We all have dreams.

We all have dreams, but how many of us truly pursue our dreams?

I am currently in the process of getting my certification as a life coach. One of the questions I have to contemplate and answer with certainty for one of my assignments is something along the lines of, “How do I picture my life and what is it that I want to experience on a daily basis?” Or, in other words, “What is my dream?” So, I have been thinking, pondering. I have been contemplating about the life I want to create, the life I dream about that I am not necessarily living now. What would it look like? Who would be in it? What would it entail? What do I want to do? What do I want to leave behind for others to learn from when I am no longer living?  How would my life serve humanity? So, I asked myself two questions: What imprint do I want to make and leave on this planet? And, and what or who inspired me to want this?  Those questions got me thinking about rainbows and clarified my dream life!

As a stay-at-home mother in my past, I noticed that one of the first activities that my three-year-old daughter loved to do was color on children’s coloring books or on any loose piece of white paper. She even tried to coordinate her colors so they, as she put it, “matched.” This endeavor is not rare, since so many toddlers love to color; however, a rainbow was the first thing she created. I did not teach her how to draw and color a rainbow. Neither did anyone else as far as I know. She must have seen one in a book or in the sky and just made it a point to create one of her own. For her first rainbow, she used three colors: red, yellow and orange. As she grew older, her rainbows became more elaborate, and she eventually perfected them with the basic colors of the rainbow we can see with the naked eye and with beautiful, rich flavor. She continued to draw rainbows whenever she got a chance. In kindergarten, she sewed the above image as her final art project before graduation. I was in awe.

There is something about this detailed image of a rainbow sewn with patience, diligence, love and talent by my little girl that touched me and inspired me. What does a rainbow represent? It represents hope after the storm. It is a mirror reflection of each and every one of us: we are all endowed with hope, (whether we want to admit it or not); we all experience heartaches and difficulties in life; and, all of us experience moments of love and joy. The rainbow phenomena can be explained by physicists and scientists, but the wonder it brings when seen in the big sky is perhaps not a mystery but an example of how each one of us appreciates beauty and creativity of all types. The rainbow, itself, is inspiring.

As I thought about the rainbow, I also could not help but think about the other woman in my life that was my greatest inspiration: my mother. She did not draw rainbows, but she was one of the most creative (and talented) human beings I have ever known, and she taught me far more than to appreciate rainbows. My mother, who is now deceased, lived a life of creativity. She was able to create and beautify anything she put her hands on! As a talented seamstress, she created gorgeous wedding dresses from scratch, she put together fantastic Halloween costumes for my siblings and me every year, she baked and cooked better than any chef I know, and she kept a beautifully-decorated and coordinated home. Her creative nature and attention to detail always inspired me. Mom taught me that beauty and creativity is not just about whether you have the ability to draw, color, paint, write or sew; being creative is about what is within the heart and expressing it in tangible form. Famous writer, Leo Tolstoy, in his essay, What is Art? (1897), explains that art must create a specific emotional link between the artist and the viewer, and the viewer must be affected. He believed art is not only about beauty. He believed art is meant to transmit previously experienced feelings and experiences to the audience. My mother, in her talent and majesty, and my daughter, in her innocence and joy, transmitted and expressed their heart-feelings in their creations.

Creating is what life is about. It is what we do whether we realize it or not. Not only do we create our lives, but sometimes our lives are a reflection of what we do not want to create and not the lives we truly desire.  At any given time, we choose to use our creativity to encourage, inspire, realign, change or enhance, or we use our creativity to discourage, alienate and destroy. And, as demonstrated by my mother and daughter in my life, art is a way of making those changes and expressing what is within for the ultimate purpose of connecting and sharing ourselves with others. So, now, my dream was clear:

I imagine a large retreat area for artists of any age or level and of all types: painters, sculptors, draughtsmen (draw-ers), sketch artists, textile artists, illustrators, photographers, digital artists, printmakers, glass workers, jewelry makers, scrapbookers, all kinds of craft makers, all kinds of writers, all kinds of dancers, and all kinds of musicians! The retreat serves two major purposes: for artists to reconnect by discovering the “artist” in themselves – whatever fashion that would be – after a tragic or difficult life experience, and to teach people how to live a life of purpose, peace, health, and joy. My retreat center sits on a beautiful and serene cliff overlooking the ocean, perhaps in the California redwood forest! All rooms are decorated with a different theme and display the works of a different artist, writer, dancer or musician. An abundance of art, music, writing, holistic health/wellness and spirituality classes and workshops are offered at the retreat from music appreciation to art therapy, from poetry writing to jewelry making, from yoga and meditation to healthy vegan eating, and more! I spend my day teaching classes and workshops, writing and coaching. When I am not at the retreat center, I am traveling and teaching classes, lecturing, writing and coaching. I am a very successful published writer and coach. People from all over the world come to the retreat center to create, to experience, to learn and to reconnect. And, there is no doubt that my daughter’s kindergarten rainbow is the FIRST decorative and inspiring image displayed on the walls of this place! The retreat center is named, Lexi’s House, in honor of my daughter, Lexi, and her rich rainbows, and it is dedicated to my mother, Amelia.

Aaaaaahhhhhh…

What is your dream? How do you imagine your life? Have you ever dared ask yourself this question, or are you living a life that is not your own? In order to find out what you want your life to look like, start by asking yourself the following questions, think and meditate on the answers, and write them down:

  • What do I imagine my life to look like if all the money, time, and resources were at my disposal?
  • What inspires me and why?
  • What event or person in my life has made the most impact on me and why?
  • What do I want to leave behind as a legacy?
  • What are my talents, my gifts, my abilities?
  • What do I love to do that makes me wish time would stand still?

What is your dream? Pull it out of your heart. It is in there.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso


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Let us Rock Forevermore

The Kings of Rock!

The Kings of Rock!

I have to admit, I was once a serious rocker in my late teens and early twenties. I think I attended just about every rock n’roll concert available in those days! I loved all kinds of rock n’ roll music from soft rock, to hard rock, to heavy metal. It touched a part of my heart and soul like nothing else did. Music took me away to a happier place, and I was in awe of how magical it was, how it made me feel, and how it helped me to cope with a difficult emotional life back then. Now, as a more mature adult, however, I realize how special music is. I now love almost all kinds of music from just about every era in addition to classic rock. As a more astutely thinking and feeling adult, I cherish and admire musicians, those who create the music from their souls and their hearts and share it with the world.

A friend of mine shared a video with me of the honoring of Led Zeppelin at the 35th Annual John F. Kennedy Center Honors on Dec 26, 2012.  The final performance brought tears to my eyes.  Oh, the memories and the nostalgia that I felt listening to this piece!  It was a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven (in my humble opinion, the best all-time rock n’ roll song ever written and played), beautifully sung by Ann Wilson from the rock group, Heart. The last part of the performance made my heart skip a beat and fired up every nerve of my being!

After listening to this song and watching this video numerous times, I could not help but think about what it was that truly moved me to tears and made me feel so alive. Was it the lyrics, the melody, the performers, or all of the above? I pondered and concluded that it was two things: the creativity and talent involved in creating this magnificent masterpiece of a song, and the grouping of this creative talent constructed by forces outside of the people who were involved. Those two things made me realize we have so much potential as human beings. We all have never-ending gifts and talents that are waiting to be watered and harvested. It does not ever end. We have so much to give and share.  I also realized that the “orchestrating force” we call “God” made all this possible; for example, the band, Led Zeppelin, came together, somehow, at the right time and place.  What are the chances, really, that a band of this magnitude of genius would just form out of the blue? The truth is when we are willing to share our gifts with the world (whatever they might be), and when we believe we need to and should, the God-force meets us where we are and supplies us with what we need to make what we desire a reality! It just works that way.

Some of us do not believe we have gifts or talents. Imagine if Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, or John Bonham from Led Zeppelin, or Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart had those beliefs. Not only would I not be writing this blog, but none of us would have had the pleasure of listening to their moving music. How many of us give up on our dreams because we think no one wants to partake in or share in our valuable gifts and talents? If you are in that group, I want to remind you that you DO have talents and gifts. Everyone does. And, it is your responsibility to share them with the world, for if you do not, the world will not be enlightened by you, and you will not be living fully. Not all of us are musicians, but we all have talents that we long to share, and sharing them brings us great joy. What are yours? Are you sharing them?

As my favorite rock band, Led Zeppelin, will always remain in my heart. I will probably listen to this rendition of Stairway to Heaven for as long as I can remember to do so! Music has always and will always ignite my spirit profoundly. What do you have that would touch others and make them come alive? Just something to think about…

To view the honoring of Led Zeppelin at the John F. Kennedy Center, click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rOy5TCB9JMw

To read about Led Zeppelin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin

To read about Heart:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_%28band%29

Let us ROCK our talents, and long live Led Zep!

Peace.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso