"Just relax". Right. I'm a mom, a wife, a entrepreneur, teacher, and household keeper. The bearer of the master schedule and finder of all lost toys. I'm myself last.
Isn't it like that for most of you too? You have ridiculous amounts of "to do's" on your plate, and they never get "to done". It's all just part of adulting, right? So when I was up late with my mind racing with my crazy "to do" list, the last thing I could do was what I needed to do. Relax.
The Washington Post wrote an article back in 2015 that I only just came across on the healing powers of art and relaxation, titled "Why making art is the new meditation" by Marla Gambis. A good read, if you're interested. The highlights include how it is therapeutic, being a vehicle for "active training of the mind that increase awareness and emphasizes acceptance of feelings and thoughts without judgment and relaxation of body and mind".
So, being I'm an artist, I should be the most zen person around, right? Wrong. If art making is not purely just for you, created with no expectations and no limits on time stressing you, then it's not going to be helpful.
So, how do you schedule art in a meditative manner then?
Usually, the creative artmaking I do on a daily basis is for my kids. Mainly because they come and take it over, just like everything else. (I swear they are the best things I ever created! Momma just wants ONE candy bar to herself! 😉) So if I am really stressed, I'll get out a sketchbook that they can also doodle in, or I wait until they are in bed and I am laying awake itching to create.
When I start with a blank page and a quiet, childless room, that's when I know I'll be able to get in the zone and find that meditative space.
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