The Meditative Power of Art

We know that art is healing but through my own work and the process, I have also found out that it can be quite meditative. So even if you are not a professional artist and you just dabble, there is something to be said for the process.

The meditation comes through in the process where your entire body and mind is in tune with what you are doing. My process includes sketching, composing, modeling, texturizing and colouring. This is basically a step by step process that flows into each other. Everything I do, every thought I have is concentrated on this one thing. One of the questions I get asked as an artist is if I work on several pieces at once. I do not. Everybody’s brain works differently so I can’t say it’s wrong to do multiple projects simultaneously.

Squares in a World of Circles, 2018 Acrylics mixed media

For me, working on two pieces at once does not give me the kind of concentration I want to put in a single project. The composition of a painting needs attention because I’ll have to decide where the focus lies. This takes place from sketching a single line to sketching a figure; to modeling a face, carving lines, delineating spaces; choosing and applying texture and colour.

All of this is very meditative. My mind has one clear path. All my actions are details that come together to support the whole. At the end its almost like giving birth to something and now I can move on and conceive fresh ideas for another project.

What’s your thing that is meditative?

Journals as Our Personal Coach

Most of us want to keep fit and active. Along with eating right, keeping fit is an important part of staying healthy. But to most of us this is hard work and to compound the problem, we simply do not have the time. Honestly, we can find time for the things that we really want to do. We could use our journals to motivate us to get with the program and stay fit the way that a personal coach would do.

How would we do this? Firstly, we need to think about the things that we want to achieve. We will write down the fitness goals that we have; the time frame in which we want to achieve them and the program we plan to use to get there. Writing these things down give them power and makes them real to us. This means that we take ourselves seriously. A goal that is written down is more likely to be achieved.

Once we start to follow the fitness program, there might be setbacks. This is when we can go to our journals and talk about the setbacks. We can examine the cause of obstacle and take stock of how we can get around it the next time. Then let it go! The journal is useful now to reaffirm our intent to get back on track. This is what personal coaches do. They help us focus and keep us motivated. They tell us that we can do this and so should our journals.

Our journals will also help us to keep track of our progress within the time frames that we have set for ourselves. We can rethink the time frame and the methods that we are using to suit our efforts and to help us reach our readjusted goals. With our journals nothing is static. Everything is dynamic and serves to service us just like a personal trainer will change the prescribed plan to get us to our fitness goals.

Today let’s use our journals to get us moving, to inspire us and attain our health and fitness goals.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
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http://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
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