Welcome to the DW Healing Arts Be Well series of wellness tips for January 2016. Each day I will highlight a card from my Balance Resource Cards decks. The wellness resources will help you bring balance to your body, mind and spirit if used on a regular basis.
Take a moment right now, and practice today's wellness tip as you read this. Grab your journal, turn off your phone, find a quiet place without interruptions and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. This is time you are investing in yourself. You are worth it.
Give yourself permission to balance your life.
May you Be Well! Love, Deanna
Many people feel they are not "artistic". Somewhere along the way, they received feedback that their artwork was not as good as another person's artwork. So they stopped doing art. Does that sound familiar to you? Julia Cameron in her book The Artist's Way encourages readers to believe we all have creative potential and not compare to others standards. The good news is that you are creative. You can spend time being creative for the pure benefit of the process, not just the final outcome. Some of the benefits you might notice are feeling calm, happy and relaxed when making art. You may gain insights about yourself and life situations.
Here are some creative ideas for you to consider:
- Take a ceramics or calligraphy class at a local art studio. Making "mistakes" is part of the creative process and may lead to something better.
- Spend time coloring with a child. It builds the relationship and releases your need to have museum quality work. Adult coloring books are becoming popular in bookstores and online.
- Experiment with doodles, including Zentangles.
- Download some mandalas to color as a spiritual practice. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings.
- Make a collage "bucket list" with pictures or words of places and things you would like to do in the coming year. Post it were you see it daily.
- Take a photo walk each day. Snap photos with a camera.
- Learn to make edible garnishes for your food. Savor the beauty of the food.
- Schedule an art date with a friend. Buy some art supplies.
- Check out resources online. Julie Baker of Creatively Onward has a Monday Mission YouTube series with creative tips.
What creative activity would you like to pursue today?