Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge - A free mindful art course

Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge - A free mindful art course

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…

Mindful Drawing Month in April (or any time you want!)

Mindful Drawing Month in April (or any time you want!)

Over on the Art of Mindfulness Facebook page – people have been posting the mindful drawings they’ve made in response to the guided meditations I share – and we’ve all recently decided that more mindful drawing and more sharing of our creative mindfulness practice would be a very good thing.

So April 2017 is officially – MINDFUL DRAWING MONTH. And I do hope you’ll join us. The idea is very simple. Here it is in 4 easy steps:

Understanding and Growing Creative Inspiration with Mindfulness

Understanding and Growing Creative Inspiration with Mindfulness

Now let’s do a bit of myth-busting. Let’s imagine for a minute that creative energy – or inspiration, is like physical energy – or wellbeing. Our physical energy fluctuates all the time, some days our step is full of bounce and we’re active from morning to night. At other times we drag ourselves through the day, collapsing into bed utterly exhausted at the end of it. Sometimes we can’t get up in the morning at all, we take a duvet day, or are simply unwell or even very ill. Our fluctuating physical energy is something we’ve learned to accept. It can be frustrating or even depressing when our energy levels are low, or low on a regular basis, but we don’t expect them to be consistently high.

Extract and drawing exercise from Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing

Extract and drawing exercise from Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing

The good news is that everyone can draw. Far from being a rare gift, only possessed by the ‘artists’ among us – drawing can be as natural and instinctive to us as breathing – if we let it. 

Exploring creative blocks through mindfulness

Exploring creative blocks through mindfulness

We did a very helpful and revealing little coaching exercise during a recent Mindfulness for Writers course – I asked the writers attending to reflect on the obstacles they encountered to both meditating and writing.