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.