Express Yourself Teens
With the on-air Be the Star You Are!Â® youth reporters.The Gift of Beauty
Every week, Express Yourself!â¢ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!Â® for Teens.
What is beauty?
Why is beauty such a concept that is so misunderstood?
Could there be one absolute definition of beauty
Billboards feature models with perfect, golden skin tone glows. Magazines sprawl open with images of stick-thin celebrities without a blemish or flaw in sight. In a world that is so fixated on outer appearances, itâs time to redefine beauty and our teen hosts and reporters offer ways to make you feel beautiful from the inside out. Henna Hundal and Asya Gonzalez have lively conversations on the meaning of beauty and self-confidence. They encourage listeners to tap into their inner beauty by smiling, standing up straight, thinking positive thoughts, and celebrating what you have instead of what you lack. Our talented singer and Back Story Reporter, Jennifer Lee, sings Carole Kingâs song, âBeautifulâ which emphasizes that anyone is as beautiful as he/she feels. New reporter, Brigitte Jia, brings us her first segment of Art Attack, looking at the beauty of Japanese anime and manga.
Be the Star You Are!â¢ and Express Yourself!â¢ congratulate Asya Gonzalez for being honored as one of five top teen entrepreneurs in the USA with her company Stinky Feet Gurlz. Read more.
The quote by Roald Dahl sums up the theme of beauty: âA person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.â
Be Beautiful and remember you are a STAR! BE the STAR You Are!
Brigitte Jia is the newest reporter on Express Yourself!â¢ with her segment, Art Attack. Brigitte Jia is a high school freshman dedicated to the visual arts, possessing experience in painting with different types of media, drawing from life, and playing the violin. At eleven years of age, Brigitte founded and organized her schoolâs 60-person garbage disposal committee, helping to keep the campus clean. In her spare time, Brigitte enjoys writing short and long prose, sketching, and singing. She loves manga and anime and is the artist for Be the Star You Are!Â® charity
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On an order of ten million to one, brain researchers estimate that there is more information in the right (creative, intuitive, unconscious) brain than in the left (linear, logical, conscious) brain. As artists, it is essential that we learn how to dig deeply into the infinite creative flow that is available to each of us. The alternative is to skim the surface of our unique talent, denying ourselves and our clients of unending growth, delight and richness of expression.
There are two approaches to engaging in the creative process. The most common one is to use your logical mind to determine what the completed project will look like before you ever begin. The less common approach is to focus on the process rather than the product. One way to do this is to lay out all of your painting materials, randomly choose a brush and a paint color and begin applying the paint to the silk with no concern for where the project is going. The piece evolves brush stroke by brush stroke as you ask yourself, âWhatâs next?â; always listening deeply for the authentic answer and allowing what is supposed to be painted through you to emerge onto the silk.
The latter is the way I paint and the way I teach my clients how to paint. We expand our creativity, listen carefully to the still voice within and ignore the voice that shouts, âThis is the correct way.â When I paint, my main job is to kick out that critical voice that is always telling me what I am doing wrong, whatâs pretty and whatâs ugly and, of course, the question that stops creativity dead in its tracks: âCan I sell this?â
When we turn ourselves over to our creativity, we are tapping into a force much greater than ourselves. There are lots of names for this depending upon your spiritual beliefs: authentic self, higher self, God, energy, the Universe. Regardless of the terminology, we are all tapping into that part of ourselves that knows much more than we think we do. Itâs the part that has been taking in the beauty of the world while your left brain was focusing on something else.
Painting with my right brain, has brought me an array of surprising gifts. The main one was discovering that I could paint. As a child I was told at home and at school that I had no talent. It was so bad that I actually cheated in art class. What made it worse for me was that I had always had a strong desire to paint. As an adult, I took a few oil painting classes at a local recreational center because I could work and rework the piece to make it âperfect.â Later I challenged myself to play with childrenâs watercolors without taking lessons. Eventually I took about four silk painting classes and read a couple of books to get a few basics. Then I just began to explore, play and create without knowing where I was goingâor what I was doing.
The result has been that figures appear in my paintings that I do not consciously put there. My pieces are often filled with dolphins, dragons, fish, birds, flowers and people. For instance, during a lecture for a couture design class, I did a very quick silk painting demonstration, just putting color down to show them a simple technique. When I got the piece home, I couldnât remember where the top was. In turning it to look at different views, I discovered that the painting was actually a large bird in an apple tree. It is very clearly a robin, which was my favorite bird growing up in Detroit, Michigan. There arenât many robins in Dallas and none had been in my back yard over the years. Within the week, there were robins covering my side and back yards. They stayed for days. Since I cannot paint realistically in any medium, allowing this robin to come through me felt mystical and incredibly fulfilling.
As I continue to explore my creativity, I have added watercolors, acrylics, metal sculpture, mixed media and have even invented ways to display fashion as art on the walls. I have been shown internationally, in the Canton Art Museum, in juried art shows and sell through art museums and galleries as well as fashion designers. For someone who was convinced that she had no talent, I continue to be amazed by what is showing up in my life.
No matter how creative you are, there is always more creativity that is lying dormant. Shut out the negative voices, open yourself up to create from your soul and enjoy the beauty of your hidden gifts.
How are you using your right brain to create art and/or your life? If you want to change your life, contact Dr. Paula, The Life Doctor.
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The Tantric Lounge is back for its second season, sponsored by the fabulous folk at Lelo, the worldâs leading designer brand for intimate products.Â The Tantric Lounge remains a sleaze-free zone, devoted to beauty and meaning in sex, love and intimacy – this is where sex is an art and sex is a science.
But itâs not just about sex, at least, not just about what so many people think Tantric sex is about. So in this episode Jacqueline Hellyer and her co-host Xavier Waterkeyn are doing some Tantric myth-busting!
Is Tantra some weird hippie practice that involves hours of sex and kinky orgies?
Or is it an approach to living, a way of being in the world that encompasses sexuality rather than marginalizing it or trying to âtranscendâ it?
Find out Â at The Tantric Lounge, on Voice Americaâs Empowerment Channel.