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Stop Look Breathe Create Mindful Drawing Challenge January 2018

Stop Look Breathe Create Mindful Drawing Challenge January 2018

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.

Drawing Your Own Path Podcast with Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

Drawing Your Own Path Podcast with Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

It's not every day you get interviewed... Last month I was given the lovely opportunity, to geek-out on all my favourite things with fellow artist, mediator and author, John F Simon Jr. Our chat is now up on the Drawing Your Own Path website, on iTunes - or you can listen to it here.

Mindfulness, self-compassion and drawing ourselves

Mindfulness, self-compassion and drawing ourselves

Drawing ourselves, our faces, our bodies too, can be a transformative way of coming into a different relationship with our physical form. We are in the habit of looking at ourselves so harshly. We gaze in the mirror and often see only the bits we don’t like, that need fixing, or shoring up, or holding in, or combing over. Really, by the time we’ve finished looking, we’ve obliterated ourselves in a flood of thinking thinking thinking about our bodies that actually has nothing to do with what’s really there, and is the very opposite of loving-kindness or self-compassion.

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. 

How creative mindfulness has transformed my experience of drawing

How creative mindfulness has transformed my experience of drawing

This morning I went to my first life drawing class in 17 years. 17 YEARS! Not only does this make me feel *ancient* – how can it be that 1998 and my Foundation Course were that long ago? I don’t know. But also – 17 years – why did I wait that long?