Mindfulness: Attained & Sustained

Mindfulness: Attained & Sustained

I hear this comment a lot, “You are so creative!”

I consider it a HUGE compliment because in part, it’s not completely a natural talent of mine. Yes, I have elements of my “creative identity” that come fairly natural. My creativity behind the camera lens is, in some ways, natural. But the reality is, even our natural talents have to be practiced in order to sustain them. AND, we also have to discover them. What if nobody had ever given me a camera. I would have no idea that a creative eye for photography lives inside.

The same is true for my mindfulness practice and the creative pages that fill my sketchbooks. This is definitely not a natural talent of mine by “traditional” means. I can’t draw. Really, I can’t. Sit me in front of a bowl of fruit and ask me to draw it and it won’t end well. On the page or in my body. I’ll be full of anxiety, doubt and judgement. Feelings I consistently work to remove from my life through mindfulness practices. After spending many years developing a mindful coloring practice, sit me in front of a sketchbook in a quiet, reflective environment and give me something to draw with and a whole different scenario plays out.

My body relaxes and feels soothed.

I effortlessly let color and expression flow onto the page in creative ways.

I end with a feeling of accomplishment, wonder and peace.

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Doodle Messages ~ Creative Meditation

 

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It’s been some time since I shared my Doodles on my blog. I’ll admit I fell out of my regular Doodle habit. I still Doodled, but I stopped Doodling every day. Sometimes life just takes twists and turns and things change. I’ve come to realize that for me, the Doodle isn’t a “quick draw” on a piece of paper. For me, Doodling is a slow down, go within, get quiet, melt into color and touch, and begin to listen to the thoughts and messages that come through in my head activity.

Hey, wait…that sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it?  

Quiet…

Slow down…

Go within…

Listen…

MEDITATION anyone?

Yep, for me Doodling is meditation, creative meditation, and if it doesn’t happen for at 30 minutes I don’t feel like I get the true value from it. I need at least that long to get where I want to go physically and mentally. Based on this new knowledge, I’m working on getting back into the Doodle groove and indulging when I know I have the time, or need to MAKE the time given the energy in my body, to do it in a way that is fulfilling for me.

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Doodle Lesson – Questions

In the journey of life there are lots of questions that arise.

Big ones…

Little ones…

All important in the path we are creating.

When we find the answers to those big questions, the perfect fit that fills the space and feels just right, the questions become works of art.

Question As Art in oil pastels and colored pencil

A treasured lesson.  A reminder of our courage and perseverance.  A trophy of accomplishment.

Something worthy of hanging on our “wall”.

Doodle Lessons – When The Shoe Fits

If we are lucky in life, we find something that really fits.  Even luckier if we find multiple “somethings”  I suppose.

Maybe it’s a purpose, or a passion that we feel strongly in our soul, or a relationship that feels destined to be…or the perfect pair of shoes.

Whatever it is, when we find it I believe we should embrace it and be grateful for it…even if attaining it is a challenge.  I heard in a movie once, “I’m not going to miss out on something great just because it might be hard.”

 

Today’s Doodle “scribble” message came to me as a shoe.  It started as a line that now makes up the top of the red shoe and the curvy line that is now the “heel”.  As I was filling in the colors and bringing the shoe to life, I got these words in my head:

“When the shoe fits…”


Doodle #2 in oil pastels

 

Following the morning Doodle, I opened my email and was presented with a new opportunity to reach more people and share the power of the “Doodle”.  After a few moments of the ego voice making itself known, the Doodle Voice spoke up.

“When the shoe fits…”

I think I’ve found a shoe that fits.

Stay tuned…

 

Doodle Lessons – Meet My “Shiny” Inner Critic Buster

Today I kicked off the 2nd “Do The Doodle” 30 Day Challenge.  If you haven’t already, you can sign up here.  It’s going to be great fun and we’ve got a lot of NEW Doodlers joining us.

I have a Doodle routine.  Most days.  I Doodle first thing in the morning.  Before I get my day started.  Opening up to listen from within and coloring out loud with my inner voice’s message.  Some days the Doodle comes late and when it does there is usually a reason for it.  A message that wasn’t ready yet or a day that was sure to need a Doodle sanity break.

This morning I Doodled early.  It wasn’t the usual Doodle experience of relaxation and fun.  I was awash in left brain, “ego” land.

 

My Doodle Superhero in oil pastels.

 

“I don’t like it.”

“The head is the wrong size.  The head is the wrong color.  Why does it even HAVE a head?”

“And, that hair?”  “????????”

“You’re going to post that?  For others to see?  Really?  No, REALLY?”

That led to:

“Why are you doing this?  You can’t do this?  Who do you think you are?”

Then I realized my inner critic has been YELLING at me for days.  I’ve been in this conversation in several areas of my life.

 

WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE, MS. CRITIC. I have something to say to you…“STOP!”

“Stop berating me.  Stop intimidating me.  Just STOP!”

And further…

“I am doing this.  I can do this.  I think I’m a pretty cool and shiny chick.”

 

This morning the Doodle spoke and we KNOW the Doodle doesn’t lie!  Today’s Doodle message from my inner voice was just what I needed.  “Shine Your Light”.

 

Do your thing.

Do it with confidence.

Do it with your unique “color”.

Do it with passion and joy.

That’s what matters!

Shine Your Light….

 

For all you new Doodlers out there who may be struggling with your inner critic (in the Doodle…or in LIFE), just let it go.  Defy it and Doodle.  SHARE your Doodle anyway.  You are coloring out loud and the world wants to hear you!  No matter what!!

 

And truly, do you think any less of me because my Doodle’s head is weird?

I didn’t think so.

 

 

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