ART THERAPY DAY 2:
|Barn deconstruction by Denise Mulligan|
Is it just me or is time speeding up? I feel like my "to do" list is forever growing. My tasks are an insatiable infant that demands more feeding more frequently. "Stop the world, I wanna get off" resounds in my mind like a meditative mantra, except that there's nothing relaxing or beneficial to my well being.
Who's fault is it though if I'm always saying "Yes" to every request asked of me. It's up to all of us as individuals to say "no more". I would love to but...
We must be in charge of the "to do" list and how fat it grows.
The act of painting and creating art can help us relieve stress. It also helps me if I have something in my mind that I would like to create. I'm more likely to add "new painting" to my list in place of more mundane tasks that can wait instead.
Not one of us can fly through all of the demands of the day without pause and think that we will feel full and satisfied with ourselves. We need to make the time.
Take your time. Stop multitasking. Multitasking has been proven NOT to work. All we become is scattered having no focus as we get a lot of little things partially done.
- Distraction: Creating art can take our mind's off of what’s stressing us. When we’re finished being engrossed in our art, we will have a clear mind to envision some things that we would like to have in our lives. What comes to mind when creating? Write down conflicts you feel, issues that are unresolved or new ideas that may come up while creating.
- Flow: Being completely engaged in something to the point of being in a near meditative state. It carries many of the benefits of meditation, leaving you much less stressed when you’re done. You can experience ‘flow’ when you’re doing creative activities.
- Paint in abstracts. Not sure what you want? Make abstract paintings. Abstractions let us express feelings related to the past or stressful experiences. It allows us to process our emotions and heal.
Make an abstract painting to describe your feelings about a current stressful issue. If you don't paint then doodle. It doesn't have to be on canvas. You can paint in a journal or on watercolor paper. If you're a writer make a poem about an issue you'd like to resolve.
Processing our secret places gets us clear on what we want rather than on what no longer applies to our lives anymore. Unleash the demons hiding in your mind and feel free again.
If you liked this post would you leave a comment down below? I'd love to get your feedback if you tried day 1 or 2. Did the exercise help you in any way?