Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
– Thomas Merton
Have you ever tried art as a release? Although we may not regularly make time to do something creative, it can often have incredibly cathartic results. Simply doodling at your desk has a wonderful way of distracting the mind and calming your thoughts. Taking your normal desktop sketches to a larger format can have even greater results.
Although it may seem intimidating if you are not used to allowing yourself this creative freedom, it does get easier and more enjoyable. Choose any medium you would like to try, drawing, painting, crocheting, pottery… whatever interests you. You are doing this for no one else but yourself! Set aside some time to clear your mind with a few deep breaths, and allow your fingers to move over the tools you have chosen. It is important to not hold a standard for the piece you are about to create. This piece is yours, it will be perfect – however it comes out. Next, begin creating. Don’t think too much, just start moving and it will come. Create what looks beautiful to you. You can share your completed work of art if you like, but you don’t have to. It is completely up to you, it is yours!
Using art to quiet the mind is wonderful because it is not structured, and at the end of the session you have a beautiful piece of yourself right in your own two hands. This is also a great time to practice your deep, meditative breathing. Try to match the breath with the movement of your hands.
If you would like to try this with us, consider stopping by the Circle of Hope support group meeting. We will be creating vision boards with Dr. Rob – a very fun collage activity with some great conversation. Check the calendar at CNY Healing Arts for the specific meeting day and time in your area: http://cnyhealingarts.com/discussion/calendar.php
Take care, and I hope to see you at one of these events!