How to practice mindful drawing this month. The January Mindful Drawing Challenge has proved way more popular than I could have possibly imagined, with hundreds and hundreds of you practicing across two social media platforms. In order to make things as simple as possible (for you and for me!), this blog, brings all the links and advice you'll need together in one place.
Start your new year with a boost of mindfulness, creativity and community. You can't beat mindful drawing for calming the mind, relaxation, self-care and inner peace - which are all things we tend to need in BIG doses after the whirlwind of the holiday season. And if making resolutions to be more mindful, and more creative in 2018 are upper-most in your mind, then there's nothing like doing it with others to help you follow through and actually do it! Community around our creative and mindfulness practice is so very important for helping us to stick with it, stay encouraged, and enjoy it too.
Come and join me LIVE on the Art of Mindfulness Facebook page on Sunday 16th July. I'd love the chance to spend an evening with you to welcome new people to the Art of Mindfulness community and celebrate the launch of the new Stop Look Breathe Create book. During the one hour mindul art gathering on Sunday 16th July - I'll be live video streaming as we join together for some Stop Look Breathe mindfulness meditation, do a mindful drawing exercise from the new Stop Look Breathe Create book, and finish with a Q and A, where you can ask your questions about creative mindfulness and I'll answer them.
The Stop Look Breathe Create book will be on bookshelves soon
And to celebrate my new creative mindfulness book – I’m launching a new FREE three week creative mindfulness course you can do online and at home. It starts on the 5th of June and I’m inviting the Art of Mindfulness Community to do it TOGETHER between the 5th and 25th of June (2017) as a follow up to our Mindful Drawing Month. Here’s how it works…
This is the first time I’ve done a live interactive webinar, and I’ll be talking about creative mindfulness, what it is, how we can practice and leading both a live guided mindful drawing meditation and a Q & A. Now’s your chance to try creative mindfulness in action and ask any questions you may have about it.
This morning on social media I saw posts about things I could do to help the civilians of Aleppo, but they didn’t seem enough. This morning I crouched, naked, vulnerable, and I thought about the mothers crouched in that city with dead children in their arms, the families crouched trying to shelter from the bombing. This morning I thought of women crouching giving birth. This morning I thought of all the things I might do that didn’t seem enough – and I made art and I tried to show up for the grief and the helplessness I was feeling. But it still wasn’t enough.
So I decided to do this… I decided to do #artforaleppo. And I’m going to ask you to help me do it too. We’re going to do it. They say artists are dreamers, so here’s what us dreamers are going to dream up. It’s simple – we’ll use social-media to auction our art for the people of Aleppo. It doesn’t matter if there’s only 1 of us or 1,000 – because I believe that even a little bit of compassion, empathy and action can make a difference in the face of suffering.
Here’s what you can do to be part of #artforaleppo
On the first day of June, I made an enso. You can read more about that here. After a few days of loving them, I decided to make an enso a day for a whole month. A few days after that, I invited other people to join in on social media. Since then the project’s gone global and I’ve decided to extend it for another month. (More about that here.)
But beyond all of this, it’s just been me, living, breathing, creating day to day, and discovering more and more about the magic of this ancient meditative symbol as time went by. Enso, I have discovered, are a gateway and a threshold, they are the point where the empty, luminous, awake nature of reality takes form. They are completeness and wholeness and the peace that brings. They are a point in time and space, utterly unique and utterly impermanent.