I realised I was holding on too tight, to the past, to a loss of confidence in my drawing that I had never recovered. So I stopped fighting. Just as in my meditation practice, I stepped up to the drawing paper with no expectations and no ideas. I did just what I felt like. I went bigger. I opened up my diaphragm and my arms, I let my wrists relax and my pen run free. I drew something easy and familiar that I see everyday – myself. I'd found my mojo and it set me free.
Recently I had been looking for ideas on how to integrate creativity into a year long mindfulness class that I teach for HIV positive women who are dealing with many life stressors. I came across STOP-LOOK-BREATHE-CREATE on Facebook and signed up for the three week challenge to learn about Wendy Ann’s approach. I loved the quality of the short tutorials and the guided meditations which were based on the same principles I was familiar with, however, using meditation to facilitate creativity was a new discovery for me!
“Am I doing it right” is a familiar inner voice for me. So of course this has come up for me before and Wendy Ann's advice to me during the Challenge helped me to laugh even more at the ridiculousness of the inner critic, the “Oh so Unwise but Ever Trying One". She said something like “that is the inner critic and it has as much value and significance as if it said, you are a purple elephant.” A picture of a purple elephant is quite figural for me at the moment!
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…
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: