11 Reasons Why You Should See the World

In this wonderful journey towards our self-discovery, we can visionary explore the true meaning of movement, inside and outside – what is it and why is it necessary?

Movement is what we are. Conscious external and inner movement guide us all along our lives and give us the impulse to harmoniously go through this existence.

Movement is creating a unique drawing in the air – weight transfer, counter balance, rolling, falling, hanging and lifting us and the environment…just like in a beautiful jam of the contact improvisation dance technique.

Throughout movement, bodies are exploring the space around them, the space between them, each individual`s inside and outside space and make an extraordinary exchange of feelings and impressions with the environment.

Movement is a journey that offers us the most beautiful views of the inside thought, strength and control.

Body and environment become one in this explorable field…two different roads are daring to blend…to meet ‘otherness’…to grab hands and start the same journey…

My personal experience as well as the inner impulse towards untouched and unseen places have made me think about some possible answers to the question “Why should I see the world in this life?”

Here are 11 Reasons Why You Should See the World

1. Physical mobility and healingsee-the-world_OMTimes_bigstock-Image-of-earth-planet-on-hand-44571049

Our bodies are made for movement as I already mentioned. If we get stuck in our comfortable zone and choose a sedentary life, our body will get intoxicated and will suffer tremendously of different illnesses on muscle, bones, heart, brains etc. So, let`s lift us up, do sports or walk a lot and prepare that brain for long distances walks towards …maybe around the globe.

At some point in your life, your body and spirit will thank you for this choice!

2. Psychological mobility and healing

As individuals, we experience the concept of mobility as own development, personal experience or for resolving internal issues. This is why it is crucial that we understand this psychological dimension. Why is it necessary for our brain to travel together with our feet (for most people there is no relation between them)? Is it probably because we can actually resolve our internal issues? Are we able to experience a personal openness? Remember the most common advice any spiritual trainer would give you? –> when you experience depression of any kind, just go for a walk! … I thought so…

From my experience, taking long walks alone is the antidote for any negative feelings or thoughts, giving instead air, breathing, nature…the outdoors giving you that stimulus for being creative…extremely creative! Any spiritual seeker cannot practically hide from a long journey, preferably on foot and alone because the result will be perceived automatically astonishing.

Our brain needs privacy for relaxing, meditating, visioning, rethinking …

Which route from this world would you first take?

3. Breaking the chains (probably the most important for self-empowerment)

There is a famous quote that says those who do not move, do not notice their chains. (Rose Luxemburg). Nothing more truthful than that. Why? Because throughout our lives, we get attached – of things, places, emotions and people. This is a subconscious process that is killing us day by day if we are not aware. There is even the dreadful aspect of it – as time goes by, we tend to master this sweet endurance of being attached of someone or something. Our psychic is deeply destroyed because this zone is so comfortable that is actually not desired to be broken…and the chains are not felt at all.

As the quote says, is when we start moving that we notice the prison we have been living in and we finally start breaking those unbearable chains. We break free, we clear away our fear.

Get out there and find yourself, rebuild yourself into the person you really are! You are going to be amazed of your own results!

4. Knowledge and understanding

Beyond our spiritual awakening, seeing the world is an opportunity to enlarge our general knowledge. Of course, it needs a power of observation and analysis. Once we awake our curiosity about this world and the sense of observation upon everything that is happening near us, it is practically impossible not to make a travel possible. Knowledge is not enough without understanding the world. Why is so different here? Why are people acting this way? What is the history of this place? These are questions that arise no matter what, if we are always looking for answers.

What is your today`s curiosity?

5. Meeting new people and places –> a multicultural dialogue

Along our journey, we meet people from every corner of the world. What can be more beautiful or exciting? New geographies, new cultures and civilizations, cuisines, architectures, music and dances…new people and languages! Oh, and how much can we learn from this!!! We discover ourselves and the others just by looking into this two faced mirror and observing…that mobility means diversity, which is change and newness, which is finding solutions. Solutions fix problems.

What is your change for today?

6. Social engagement

At the universal level, we are interconnected. We are a giant cobweb with cause and effect at global level. We are brothers and we mirror each other…therefore, we are responsible for each re/action we are taking.

When we seek for spiritual enlightenment and sustainable alternatives, we certainly have an eager to make a contribution to our lives and spread the knowledge around.

When we choose to travel around the world, it is not only because of self-pleasure, but because we are taking with us this commitment of having a contribution to the world`s proper development and we get the opportunity to make a difference together with the individuals we meet. The best ideas and initiatives come from various life approaches and experiences. We end up being more tolerant, assertive and some great listeners.

As individuals, we form ourselves in the society, we draw our personalities, we try to make the best of us. This journey across the world may occur after a bad experience, an unjustified behavior, a romantic failure, a social dishonesty or just for the improvement of self and the world. The beauty of it is to make this journey all at once, but is probably more difficult for each of us. Therefore, this beauty can be experienced in stages by traveling for volunteering, internships, jobs, vacations, taking the road towards other cities etc. The important aspect here is to assume this mental ancestral role of a nomad and be open to change.

But a lifetime plan is to actually become a globe-trotter!

7. Practicing our lives

Our educational background is more or less focused on theory, the practical aspect being left aside most of the times. So, how are we prepared for living? We get only prepared for surviving. To live is different and is wonderful as long as we know the practice. Even if books are an alternative for `seeing the world`, there is no comparison to actually get on the field and do it, get your feet and hands dirty, play like a child in the mud and enjoy the moment. This is practice!

Get out there and reclaim your playground, the place where everything really happens!

8. An Eco – promoter

When you decide you need to see the world, you get informed before. It`s a must! So, get a map, think of a route, call your friends for tips and even for a walk if you feel like it, gather the things you need and read about the most important aspects for being a 100% eco world tourist. Among them, encourage local economy -> eat local dishes, give a hand in people`s gardens, plant trees, get involved in local initiatives, use a local guide, avoid overusing local resources etc.

Be sustainable!

9. Great results and self-respect

When we set our body and mind to do the work, when we acquire the knowledge and get to be tolerant, when we are open for curiosity and risk, when we get socially engaged and practice on the field, we enormously grow. Hence, the results can never occupy less than endless written pages concluded in two words -> spiritual awakening.

10. It`s your duty!   

It is your spiritual duty as a human being to be able to see the world as long as you experience a life on this planet. It is your obligation in front of your own self, first because you have to `meet` the cobweb as part of it, secondly because you enrich your body, mind and soul and thirdly because this process comes with an answer to the existential question Why am I here on Earth?

And last but not least, you educate, you share information, you inspire, you shift perspective!

11. Life Ambassador

Curiosity, willingness, courage and a sense of madness is what it takes to see the world and make a difference! You become an ambassador of life itself!

Start meditating on this, begin a plan and write a date in your agenda! You won`t regret it!

You are welcome to add reasons from your own experience and discuss them here!

(©LiterAnART February 2014-originally posted here http://omtimes.com/2014/02/11-reasons-see-the-world/)

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AnARTivism Eco-Crafts ~ Ten years diary page seen through a conscious living eye

Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated by textiles and crafting. Having a family past record in this domain, with a grand grand-mother owning a small clothes factory and a grand-mother skilled in crafting and making clothes for the family members, I probably inherited theP1150282 passion and the talent. Making clothes for dolls when being a kid is natural for every little girl, but what do you do when you find yourself captured by this fashion touch again in your 20s? You just decide to go for it trying to see what comes out. And as a person keen on arts that have a social engaged purpose, I looked at my vision as a thousand miles journey into change.   

I started years ago when I accidentally found some pieces of old clothes in my house that seemed to be forgotten and useless. The idea kicked in and I immediately started to envision the new brand article. It was an old shabby dress that needed life. And that very moment was the start of this journey into the eco-fashion field.

Therefore, the beginnings were focused on clothes and soon some 50 pieces collection was brought to light – dresses became blouses, skirts became bags, belts became necklaces etc. At that moment, my only possible wish was to put them out there and unmask the idea stood behind it. So I did and everything just followed – permanent exhibitions, stage design, festivals and events, fairs and fashion presentations, eco-workshops and debates about sustainable economy, European social entrepreneurship mobility and environmental contests.

In time, accessories and interior d`ECO made room into the picture, and I started to focus more on this part using absolutely everything that would end up as trash. As my aim was always to brought to light a concept and encourage a lifestyle, a lot of people getting in contact with my work, showed interest in looking more attentively into their wardrobes, some started to redo forgotten articles and some were most helpful when bringing me useless materials to give them a second life.
Textile is my main work material, but in time I created articles also from wood, plastic and cardboard. I`d say it is quite a pleasant adventure!P1130942

If I were asked whether I prefer one material to another, I could not choose. What is important for me is the recycling process, getting something new out of the old. And when choosing a creation process, I am anything but conventional, there is no rule, I just see the new frame into the old one.

So, isn`t it something more than just fashion? Of course it is as I already mentioned. It is about making my current clothing last. My whole idea from the very beginning was to build a real concept based on the idea of active citizenship and anti-consumption. My initiative comes from a strict education into consumption awareness and off-grid life experience, a green life (re)searched and applied as much as possible. In this context and with a previous acknowledgement, creativity jut burst into concrete articles.

As we all observe, nowadays, we assist to these times of transition where individuals ought to turn their faces towards sustainability in every field of activity. How can I make the smallest difference in my community by shifting old patterns into new ones? How can I change a mentality?
Proud to be the first in my community taking an initiative as such years ago and looking back to the development of the process, I can`t say it was easy, but certainly pleasant and empowering. It is just a path that you assume to be yours with the responsibility of becoming a collective, work in progress process where people will understand step by step, more and more the idea of being socially engaged and sustain a good cause. This is why, along with my participation to each and every event, I offer free permanent and open recycling workshops, brochures on environmental protection and other related books, and an open ”say it your way’’ book where each individual can freely express in writing their ideas and visions on the subject.

Education has dr1455130_417988604994756_1984754409_nastically shifted its path and is going more and more towards sustainable context and awareness. Parents and teachers are the actors in this process of change for the future generations and the ones creating the proper context.

At global level we are actually witnessing youth sustainable initiatives. And that is amazing! One of them is my personal concept – AnARTivism–zero waste– just mentioned. The inside impulse and the desire for promoting the idea of fabric recycling emerged as a flashlight.

My articles are unique pieces exclusively hand-made. This technique that AnARTivism has chosen to focus on, it represents a tribute brought to this creative work method, to the unconventional and avant-garde fashion style that characterizes the artist in particular.

AnARTivism represents a manifest but it also carries an urge to take action and change the way of thinking from the ordinary and destructive to sustainable and reusable. From this visionary thinking I encourage people to get to new shapes and paradigms that are in favour of the environmental protection as well as are standing against hyper-consumption.

Behind each item`s creation, you can discover the intentional unfinished/raw work method, an expression of interest that characterizes the AnARTivism concept in particular. This visionary thinking and practical application gives to each article the spatiality it needs. It gives you, the observer, the optimal place for ‘’internal and external dialogue’’, a work in progress process that you can freely and always contribute to.

The best tip I can give you is ‘’Pay attention around you! Change for the better is just a step from your eyes!’’

… and my favorite quote – Clothes have more important offices than merely to keep us warm; they change our view of the world and the world’s view of us. – ORLANDO – VIRGINIA WOOLF

Follow my works and engagement @

https://www.facebook.com/AnARTivism
http://www.anartivism.wix.com/sustainablefashion
https://www.facebook.com/RECOllectCulture

https://www.facebook.com/AtelierulPlayArt

(©Ana-Lucretia Nedelcu/LiterAnART)

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Academic Research on Non-Formal Education

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Pentru cei interesati de dimensiunea Educatiei non-formale, pentru toti cei care lucreaza in sfera tineret, atat participanti/tineri cat si traineri/formatori/profesori, am realizat acest research/instrument educational ce incumba date istorice, exemple concrete de metode non-formale si programe specifice la nivel global, exemple proprii, impact social si educational si studiu de caz la nivel national – GEYC – Group of the European Youth for Change – www.geyc.ro/
Studiul este realizat in limba engleza, a fost publicat pe platforma globala online academia.edu si deja se bucura de aprecieri venite din foarte multe tari.
Enjoy!
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”The present article aims to present a complex analysis on non-formal education and its importance in the process of participatory democracy. Every optimal research starts with a self-motivation statement on why this theme has been chosen. Further on, the article presents a small and comprehensive historical aspect for a better understanding of the concept. Related to the democratization process, the content aims to point out a clear connection between democracy and the non-formal educational approaches, giving concrete examples of methodologies at global level and putting youth as the main actor inside such system. The impact that this structure has, it can be observed and analyzed in the youth employment frame and the best innovative projects that were created worldwide. As concrete examples, a chapter of the article inclines towards the European frame,by analyzing the most important European youth mobility program (European Voluntary Service), a structure that represents a model for youth development throughout non-formal education. The article ends with a study case made at national level, GEYC- Group of the European Youth for Change Romania, one of the most active and present NGOs with a significant impact at social level in terms of youth development. The main objective of the present article is to stress on the idea that the educational patterns have to be changed,as societies to have a better sustainable growth. Giving examples that are functioning as clear positive statistics for this social need, are ought to be mentioned. Also, an important and new aspect brought to this article, is the invitation for the reader to make further documentation on the present analysis, by mentioning `see article` inside the text. There is a significant importance for the reader to raise interest for the subject by making self-research.”

Read the article here https://www.academia.edu/10512936/NON-FORMAL_EDUCATION_AS_A_TOOL_FOR_DEMOCRATIZATION

(©Ana-Lucretia Nedelcu/LiterAnART)

~ Modern Leadership ~ What are the characteristics of effective leadership for the 21st Century?

From the very start, this essay focuses on two major aspects related directly to the modern, effective leader/leadership ->

I. A leader`s profile and the differences between a Leader and a ManagerP1130328
II. Youth – A Leader as a Social Entrepreneur
Nowadays, when we talk about leadership among young people, we relate to leadership through the eyes of sustainable initiatives.

I. But, first and foremost, what is actually a Leader?
Myles Munroe (Becoming A Leader, “Everyone Can Do It” ~ author and president of the International Leadership Training Institute) offers you the following definition – Leaders are ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing a character that inspires the confidence and trust of others.
So, a leader is mostly a visionary creative thinker, a change maker and an avant-garde persona and … can be anyone!
In the process of really understanding and commit to a leadership position, we ought to analyze the differences between a leader and a manager directly related to a project structure .
Leader vs. Manager ->
1. Essence –> leader = change ~ manager = stability
2. Rules -> leader = breaks them (in a constructive, positive way) ~ manager = makes them
3. Approach -> leader = sets directions ~ manager = plans details
4. Culture -> leader = shapes it ~ manager = executes it
5. Conflict -> leader = uses it ~ manager = avoids it
6. Direction -> leader = plans new paths ~ manager = uses already exiting paths
7. Credit -> leader = gives it ~ manager = takes it
8. Decisions -> leader = facilitates/builds them ~ manager = makes them
9. Vision -> leader = sells it ~ manager = tells it
10. Style -> leader = transformational ~ manager = transactional

All these characteristics inside the structure offer us a concrete/simple overview of a team-working frame, put us on thinking about our (possible) role that we already have or want to have for an amazing project.
II. What about a young individual? Does he/she has this dream of becoming a Leader? Is it necessary? Why and how? Of course is beyond than necessary that we see more and more young people active socially, getting involved in communities` issues and development.
Is it happening everywhere? Unfortunately it doesn`t happen in every country, because it depends on each national educational frame and the potential that this particular system can bring into the learning process. Only innovation in education can form a healthy system, a conscious and active citizen, great leaders and amazing projects.
Even though youth is the main character in this equation, societies are still having problems in understanding and committing to an optimal development of this generation.

Why do we need young leaders and active youth communities?
~ Because youth is probably the first resource societies are wasting and in order to change this, young people need to take their future in hands.
~ Because young people are the best observers, seeing the Global crisis as not only economic, but also social, political, environmental, educational and of identity.
~ Because young people consider that social and ecological issues are the keys to understand the present and the future to build. Science and technologies have to be considered in this respect, but they have to relate more to people, to citizens becoming part of development.
~ Because young people refuse to continue being spectators of their time, but rather persue in being actors, part of the decision-making process and actions that affect their lives and societies as wholes.
~ Because young people have understood that change can only happen collectively.
~ Therefore, along with becoming a leader/actor/accomplished citizen, naturally comes the dialogue with other individuals, organizations, networks … a dialogue that needs to be actively sustained and supported.
Related to these main social characteristics/needs, the contemporary leader CAN NO LONGER BE OUT of the `sustainable frame` … the contemporary leader becomes a social entrepreneur.

Here are the features of a social entrepreneur/leader –>
• The contemporary stamp of the present global transition times is now shifted towards sustainability and conscious consumption.
• This is contemporary business, a new economical model.
• At global level, more and more already existing businesses are shifting their pattern to the new sustainable one that is contributing to societies` optimal development and are acting more in favor of a social impact rather than on making profit.
• Therefore, unlike traditional business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs primarily seek to generate a social value to their societies and a long-term change.
• A social entrepreneur is a conscious citizen that recognizes a social issues and provides new innovative ideas and solutions to deal with that issue.
• A social entrepreneur sees opportunities that others are blind at and, throughout their visionary thinking, they improve systems, they invent, develop and disseminate new methods and approaches that are creating social values.
• A social entrepreneur is a determined, committed and persuasive individual that is following his dream by directly taking care of himself, his environment and clearly his people and future generations.
• A social entrepreneur aims to produce a considerably measurable social impact.
• A social entrepreneur develops paths to wisdom in the social context, by both acting for the marginalized and disadvantaged categories and encouraging creativity and visionary thinking by seeing and `attacking` the full potential of a society.
• Simply said, a social entrepreneur/leader/enterprise seeks to serve a community’s interest more than maximizing the profit.
• A social enterprise can develop in all social sectors ~ education, environment, arts and culture, disadvantage people etc. by contributing to social employment, cohesion and inequalities` reduction.
• A social entrepreneur is a change maker, a LEADER.
Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving. ~ David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.

(©Ana-Lucretia Nedelcu/LiterAnART)

AnARTivism on Elephant Journal – dedicated to the mindful life

Gotta love artivism! -)

AnARTivism is on Elephant Journal – dedicated to the mindful life!

A personal statement on how AnARTivism was born.

`Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated by textiles and crafting….`

here http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/06/why-i-pursued-a-career-sustainable-fashion-design-ana-nedelcu/

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From home to Barcelona … at a glance

  This Easter journeyP1130286 actually happened one week before Easter, but I still consider it the perfect gift for the occasion. Therefore, I travelled to Barcelona for an incredible one week meeting/conference/training on EuroMed Young Social Entrepreneurship as an activist in my field of activity -> eco – fashion. And although I did participate in quite a few events as such along the years, in different countries, this one was special for many reasons.
Barcelona is flowing through your veins when first putting your foot on its land. This amazing city is piercing your heart and eye like a strong golden arrow in terms of beauty and diversity. A huge city that you could never cover entirely … not even with your mind. A place full of life during the days and during the nights, full of lights, noise and dense mass … very much alive.

Patience is what you learn from its structure, from its endless streets, uncountable directions, extreme squares, dancing fountains, big parks, castles and churches along with … yes, Gaudi and his precious Sagrada Familia. When you turn your head to this overwhelming structure, either you can faint or remain still for the next half of hour just admiring its beauty and asking yourself how could anyone create such stone embroidery at such dimensions.
Fortunately, between the travel and our event program, I had 2 days to explore a bit of what this city offers, so I immediately took the opportunity to take its pulse. With a map in my hands (that, no matter the place, it always ends up destroyed after me looking for streets, going back and forth like a crazy person all along the city for approximately 6-7 hours -), I started this journey on foot, as usual, so I can absorb as much as possible from what it was revealing in front of my eyes.

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Before getting to the beach, you firstly remain astonished by the marvelous mixed architecture that is revealing itself like an open book for the curious –
– from Gaudi to contemporary fancy buildings,
– from castles to huge malls,
– from endless foot walks to 7 metro lines,
– from tiny elegant parks to forests from you can hardly find the way back,
– from select streets full of famous brands to old city breaks where artists are crafting their passions,
– from churches legendary `planted` in the middle of volcanoes to centre`s high fancies,
– from the impressive centre`s open market full of exotic fruits and vegetables to the Erotic Museum just in front of it,
– and from Sagrada Familia to the Old Port where you can finally take a walk through the deck and admire the sea …
But the best point from where you can actually see the entire city is Park Guell situated on a high hill (getting up there is quite a challenge for the less physically practiced), place that also hides the marvelous Gaudi Museum. From this point, you can admire Barcelona in all its beauty, especially Gaudi`s masterpiece Sagrada Familia that is rising like a giant among the other buildings.
In this sum of contrasts (where you can not actually smell the pollution no matter how big and crowded this city is), the people seem to be getting more and more interested in developing a community, in contributing to a common good based on what the social transition brings -> human conscience towards the environment and social justice … people open to new patterns of life …

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And in this context, 32 young individuals from the EuroMed region, socially engaged, found themselves together debating upon their initiatives on social entrepreneurship, finding similarities and differences, exchanging and sharing information and experience, getting some awesome training in the matter and visiting special Catalan social enterprises and cultural places.
This meeting has confirmed me once more that great ideas and progress can only come when brains from different cultures are getting together and reveal each and every identity. This mixture can only enrich hearts and minds in terms of political and social aspects/facts and can only get to a positive follow-up.

(©Ana-Lucretia Nedelcu/LiterAnART)

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