Monday, May 11, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"MIXED ROSES"
Painting #1129 of 1182 Paintings / Oil on Canvas (15"x30") Created April 25, 2010  ARCHIVED

Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Positive Attitude
I align my thoughts with the truth.

Monday, May 11, 2015

My state of mind influences my experience of life. If I feel sad or troubled, I consider how my attitude is affecting my perceptions and interactions with others. Are my thoughts supporting me in my goal to be confident, productive, and positive? Or am I blocking my good?
When I am ready for an attitude adjustment, I align my thoughts with the truth: I am an expression of God—capable, loved, and supported. I call upon my spiritual gifts to guide me. As I do, I experience greater wisdom, faith, strength, and understanding.
Blessed by Spirit, I maintain a positive attitude and bring love to all I do. With this mindset, I see good everywhere.

For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.—Philippians 2:13

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"FIRE & RAIN"
 Painting #1107 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Canvas (10"x10")       Completed Jan. 30, 2010

"PAPER ROSES"
Painting #1104 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Canvas (30"x40")    Completed Jan. 20, 2010

Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Growth
I continue to grow in spiritual awareness.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As an adult, I have stopped growing physically, yet I have many opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually. Willingness to consider new ideas is key to my growth now.
A plant grows in the right conditions and with proper nourishment. Similarly, I grow as I feed my mind and spirit. I pray and meditate regularly. I read uplifting books and articles. I may take part in classes and workshops to expand my spiritual understanding.
As I grow, I broaden my awareness of what is around me and within me. I become mindful of beautiful serendipities in my life. I learn to observe my feelings and thoughts, my actions, reactions, and responses. In all things, I see the presence of God.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.—Luke 2:40

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"LEO"
"Leo is a two year old miniature schnauzer and I have had him for four months.  He certainly is a joy and comfort to me.  Again, I am Blessed abundantly!  This toy animal is his favorite toy (of many).  It has paper inside the body that makes a crackle sound as he plays with it and he's found lots of squeaks in it too.  It's so entertaining to watch Leo play.  Sometimes he will sit on one end of the animal and then try to pull it out and away.  Doesn't he know he's sitting on it.  Watching Leo's attempts at getting this toy up and onto my lap is so funny but that's another story.  He's chewed off most of the ears of this toy and yet he's so sneaky when he does it.  He tries to hide that he's chewing the toy from me even though he's sitting right next to my chair.  Since he loves this toy so much, I have mended it a couple of times for him and it can take a lot more of Leo's "Love"."  

"TWO BROWN EGGS"
Painting #895 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (14"x11") Completed July, 2006  SOLD


Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Adventure
I walk my spiritual path with courage and confidence.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Experiences like moving or changing jobs may bring both excitement and uneasiness. Transitions become easier when I accept plans may change and open myself to new adventures. I give thanks in advance for the lessons I will learn.
I may feel the same mix of excitement and unease as I embark on a new spiritual journey. In prayer, I release any worries about outcomes and embrace surprises. Although I cannot anticipate every twist and turn, I know my overall success is assured. I become more attuned to my unique strengths as I deepen my connection with God. This knowledge of myself leads me to walk my spiritual path with courage and confidence.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.—Isaiah 9:2

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"YELLOW ROSES"
Painting #1182 / Oil on Canvas (42"x28") Completed April 7, 2015

"SUNDAY MORNING TREAT"
Painting #1035 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (36"x24")  Completed May 25, 2009  

"CLEMENTINES & IVY"
Painting #1016 of 1182 paintings / Oil on Linen (14"x14") Completed Nov. 21, 2008  SOLD

LEO ON WALK AT WYNDEMERE


SAND CASTLES ON MARCO ISLAND, FL

"Over five months have gone by since I visited the beach and yet that is where I was late yesterday afternoon.  After leaving the Winn Dixie grocery on Marco Island, it seemed like the most natural thing to do and I am so glad I did.  Ten minutes was probably the length of time I was there but with my shoes off, walking on the sand, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of "The Outing". 
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Garden
Boundless possibilities blossom in the garden of my life.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My choices determine what thrives in my life’s garden. In preparation for a bountiful harvest, I till the hardened soil. I turn the dirt to bring to light what was below the surface. I choose what I wish to plant and sow seeds of peace, love, and strength. At times, I might feel tempted to dig and see whether the seeds are germinating, but gardening is an act of faith.
With proper care, the desired results will blossom. I treat my seeds of consciousness as I would flower seeds. I assure the proper conditions for growth. I weed out unwanted beliefs and sprinkle expressions of gratitude daily. I plant the seeds of desire and gratefully celebrate the fruits of my labor.

As a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.—Isaiah 61:11

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"YOUNG GIRL"
 Painting #818 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (10"x8") Completed 4-14-2005 

"FLORAL IN BRASS"
 Painting #819 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (7"x5") Completed 8-15-2005

"BIRTHDAY BOUQUET"
 Painting #822 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (20"x16") Completed 4-30-2005

"AZALEAS"
 Painting #824 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (18"x14")  Completed 5-6-2005

"MOSTLY ZINNIAS"
 Painting #848 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x20") Completed 8-3-2005

"ROSES WITH BRASS"
 Painting #869 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x36")  Completed 4-21-2006    SOLD

"TWO BROWN EGGS"
Painting #895 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (14"x11")  Completed 7-12-2006   SOLD

"ROSES IN JULY" 
 Painting #896 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x24")  Completed 7-15-2006  SOLD

"ROSES FOR THE TABLE"
Painting #899 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x24")  Completed 7-30-2006
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Faith
I expect and receive only good.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When fears and doubts cloud my mind, I check in with my heart. I ask myself: Where am I placing my faith? Is it in outer appearances or my Truth? I may need to redirect my thoughts to my faith in a loving God and affirm divine order. I expect and receive only good.
Faith begins in consciousness. In the Silence, I focus on the reality of Infinite Good everywhere present at all times. The darkness of doubt gives way to the light of Truth.
I deny any words or actions that suggest lack. Rather, I praise and bless everything I encounter on my life’s journey. My actions reflect my conviction that my divine inheritance is always at hand.

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Companion / Art & Spirituality by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"LADY IN PINK"
Painting #925 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (36"x24") Completed April 29, 2007

"LEO"

"Leo" has come into my life and he is a much loved, good and faithful companion.  He is a two year old miniature schnauzer that I adopted from The Naples Humane Society and he is considered a rescue dog.  I believe I am the one who was rescued though."


PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY UPDATE

"What I have come to refer to as "My Sabbatical" continues.  Taking Tramadol three times a day for pain and still lots of rest is keeping me on an even keel for which I am most thankful."


Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Love
When I center on Spirit, I experience greater love.

Monday, April 6, 2015

What I focus on grows. Spirit is the ultimate source of all love, and the more I center on Spirit, the more love is expressed and evident in my life.
I regularly practice focusing on God rather than the many distractions of the world. As I do, my awareness of love’s abiding presence expands. In the Silence, I cultivate my ability to perceive love as the very nature and essence of my being.
I express love freely from within, rather than seek compulsively from without. In prayer and meditation, I recognize love as the unifying power behind all existence. I experience the fullness of divine love, which sustains and connects us as One.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"RED GERANIUMS"
Painting # 1001 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x30") Completed Jan. 17, 2008   SOLD

"INTERIOR AT PINE HAVEN"
Painting #26 of 1181 paintings / Watercolor (16"x12")  Completed June, 1991
Note:  I painted very few watercolors through the years.  Oil was my medium of choice.

"Resting most of the day is still the best I can do to manage Peripheral Neuropathy which feels like experiencing the worse toothache pain all over my body. . . . It is nerve pain.  So far my doctor's pain management is not working for me either since my body has an allergic reaction to and cannot tolerate the drugs, Percocet, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Tylenol #3 which has Codine in it.  The nerve block shot in my lower back did not relieve any pain at all.

It appears this is just where I am supposed to be at this time and I am at Peace with it.  I intend to glean only Good from this experience.  If you are new to my blog, I have copied and pasted my earlier message about this below:"

February 9, 2015 
"After many years of controlling the pain of Peripheral Neuropathy, I am once again laid low with it.  Resting most of a 24 hour day is what I do and it helps me.  When trying to do otherwise, the price is too high to pay.  I will recover from this as I did before but please understand why I have not been available and won't be until this greatly subsides."

Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Awareness
I am mindful of my body temple.

Monday, February 23, 2015

My body is a holy temple of Spirit. Its true purpose is to fully express and embody Divine Love and Life. I release any behaviors that may deplete my body. I support its vitality through my loving attention to its messages and needs.
I honor my body by eating nourishing food and living a healthy lifestyle. I regularly send love and thanksgiving to all parts of my body, energizing them with affirmative words of Truth. My increasing body awareness helps me recognize and release challenging emotions that I may have repressed and stored as physical pain or illness. I honor my needs for rest and recreation. As I devotedly serve my body temple, I create space for the sacred to unfold in my life.

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God.—1 Corinthians 6:19

Monday, February 9, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"BOUGAINVILLEA BOUQUET"
Painting #700 of 1181 paintings / Pastel on sanded paper (24"x20") Completed 4/29/2002 SOLD

"After many years of controlling the pain of Peripheral Neuropathy, I am once again laid low with it.  Resting most of a 24 hour day is what I do and it helps me.  When trying to do otherwise, the price is too high to pay.  I will recover from this as I did before but please understand why I have not been available and won't be until this greatly subsides."
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Guidance
Divine guidance is always with me.

Monday, February 9, 2015

I am a student of life and God is my teacher. My Divine Teacher instructs me in all I need to know at the right time. The course of study is lifelong, sure, and true. I embrace the joy and fulfillment of learning. My Teacher shows me the way and supports me in new situations.
When a life lesson comes, I take time in the quiet and listen to my divine guidance. I open my heart to the still, small voice and ask what path to follow, and what I need to learn. As I listen within, I hear the words “This is the way.” I am gently guided to my highest good.
As I recognize and understand my lesson, I give thanks for my growth. I am never alone. My Teacher is always with me.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path.—Psalm 27:11

Friday, January 30, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"POTPOURRI BOUQUET"
Painting #316 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (40"x30")  Completed in June, 1996  SOLD
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Faith
I have faith in God to direct my way.

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the past, I may have trusted limited ways of thinking or sources outside of myself for direction and understanding.But now I have faith in the Christ Presence within—God in me—to lead my life in the right direction. God is within me always. I can trust Spirit with my life.
When challenges arise, or if questions and fears come to mind, I keep my faith in the Christ Presence. In my prayers, I ask for the next step. With confidence, with poise, and in peace, I follow the way that is made clear.
If I have more than one choice, I trust in Spirit to help me choose wisely. As I walk in faith, my way becomes clear.

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.”—Luke 18:42

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN



"RED GERANIUMS"
Painting #1001 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x30") Completed Jan. 17, 2008    SOLD
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Harmony
My body reverberates in harmony with Spirit.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore taught that the body is like a musical instrument. When attuned to Spirit, it radiates the health and harmony of Divine Mind. I attune my body by quieting my mind and aligning my consciousness with the one thought of God. As I breathe, I become aware of my oneness with Spirit—my innate wholeness. I sense the still, small voice reverberating from the depths of my being.
This vibration of Divine Love is sweet music to my soul. It is a hymn of joy and peace sending currents of well-being throughout my body. Spirit’s melody radiates in, through, and as me. As I manifest wholeness and harmony in every cell of my being, I praise God in thanksgiving.

Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.—Psalm 47:1