No rules journaling. Just writing and building layers of mixed media and creating happy pages. (Do they need to be anything else?)
This world is so busy, so noisy.
Creating is sacred pause. My time-out, my way in.
Art journaling, yoga and meditation are powerful tools for mindfulness and sacred pause. Another way I experience sacred pause is through photography. Just getting out – taking photos of the ordinary, beautiful world we live in, especially now, in this gorgeous season as spring is winding down and summer begins to fully bloom – fills my soul.
I’m doing another Photo Journey from Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 10 so please find me on Instagram and join in with hashtag #thesacredpause to post our sacred pause photos. You can also post to your own Facebook wall with the hashtag.
The sacred seeing – the pause. Just a moment taken out of a busy day, or an intentional photo walk. However you stop to see the world around you, whatever you see, make the mundane sacred. #thesacredpause
Here is a video I made a few years ago, but took it off my Home page during the site redesign. (Almost forgot about it!)
We’ve had a lot of rainy weather this spring in the northeast which has been great for the grass and the flowers and all beautiful things that are blooming. It’s also been a good season for art journaling as I pause every afternoon to light a candle, pour my tea and spill paint.
When I open a journal, I can let go of excessive thinking and over-planning. I alternate pages between mixed media, collage, imagery, and writing. It helps my overall creativity to let go for a few moments and then come back to an idea with a fresh mind or come up with a completely new idea.
I recently opened a new Omega catalog and it was full of workshops on creativity – Yoga and Writing, Art & Activism, The Poetry of Expression and Connection, Awakening the Creative.
Creativity is readily recognized as a powerful tool for mindfulness. Which makes sense because anyone who is avidly engaged in a creative pursuit can tell you how delicious it is to lose yourself in your project, to flow.
About six years ago, I discovered art journaling and a new world opened up to complement my yoga and meditation practice. It’s an intuitive process intended to release and express thoughts and emotions. My practice is a positivity practice. I focus on poems, quotes, images, color – whatever lights me up.
It’s my play time, my creative practice, my sacred pause.
Here are some things that inspired me this week:
Great design for small gardens
Using color to create mood in your photos
some Frida Kahlo quotes (“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”)
These delicious mason jar salad tips (Hint: You turn this out into a bowl, with the greens that are on top of the jar becoming the base for the salad. Genius!)
live life inspired