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If we want to be fully in touch with our creativity, developing our sense of mindfulness is a necessity. There is a pervasive and powerful myth around artists that we are hopeless dreamers lost without a clue in the beautiful labyrinth of our own minds. In order to reliably access our creative impulse, we have no choice but to exist in the present moment. Here are five skills to help us appreciate and participate in the present moment using art.
“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Doodle on your whiteboard. Write a poem on your fridge. Put that sculpture you made at your desk. Whatever painting you are proudest of deserves to be hung on your wall, and it would probably make you happy to see it each day. The way you decorate your home is a work of art. The way you dress yourself is a work of art. If you are expressing your true, authentic self, you are making art.
You might be thinking: “I already know how to draw breath. I never could have made it this far without drawing breath.” And you’d be right! But this is an exercise where you literally draw your breath on a piece of paper. By representing your mindful breathing as a line that curves and changes with your breath, we can zoom out from our often limited perspective while still staying in touch with our body and feelings.
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be incredibly freeing, especially if you’re struggling with a creative block. Making art to feel a sense of comfort and mastery can be a powerful tool in your kit, but it’s all too easy to rest on our laurels instead of exploring new artistic territory. Stepping outside of your comfort zone means accepting the risk of making imperfect art. Failure can be a desired state no matter if we are learning each time we fail.
“The fruit of mindfulness practice is the realization that peace and joy are available within us and around us, right here and right now.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Mindfulness.
When you see it as an ongoing journey, you become more patient with yourself and your skill level. Often, when we jump into new artistic endeavors, we want to be the expert right away, and feel bad about ourselves when we don’t have the skill level to produce what we had envisioned. Forget what you envisioned. Life never turns out the way you had envisioned, and neither does your artwork. It’s all a part of the journey. You won’t be the same person as you were when you began. Often, your art doesn’t turn out the way you planned it , but it always has a purpose and turns out the way it was meant to. Being attached to how things should be pulls you out of the present moment and keeps you from enjoying your art.
Are you an artist or a creative in St Petersburg, FL looking to invite more creativity into your life? Are you looking for time and space to hear your inner voice and feed your soul with a group of like-minded individuals?
Join Becky Flowers, RCSWI, MFA for a 12-week dive into the Artist’s Way program. This group is for everyone who wants more creativity in their life. Becky will be your guide through the methods outlined in the book (included in your tuition), leading you to a place of safety, understanding, & creativity.
Sign up for the Artist’s Way Group and learn more here![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3777″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Sunny Ebsary is a writer and singer-songwriter from Tampa, FL. When he’s not sing-songwriting or just regular writing, he’s probably drinking water with a lot of ice, having a staring contest with his cat, or giving people great ideas. You can listen to Sunny’s music here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
October 6, 2022
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