"Smile, breathe, and go slowly."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
For the past many months I have been creating morning mandalas as part of my meditation practice. My mandala practice takes about 30 minutes of quiet focus before I start my day, and I have noticed some profound effects:
- Increased calm
- Decreased worry
- More inner silence.
- More peaceful self-acceptance.
My thoughts quiet down naturally as I focus on drawing and colouring small details, and extended pockets of silence are spontaneously emerging as I go about my working day.
Emotional Benefits of the Different Stages of Creative Practice:
- Emotional Awareness: Seeing emotions in visual form by recognizing and naming emotions though writing and expressive arts.
- Emotional Expression: Expressing and accepting difficult, forbidden and unknown "younger" emotions through uncensored spontaneous/expressive art for emotional release.
- Emotional Regulation: Calming agitating & painful emotions by focusing intensely on small details to increase inner peace.
- Emotional Transformation: Alchemizing a difficult past into a new positive future by engaging in positive psychology, intentional creativity and narrative therapy - writing a new story.
Deep Concentration for Emotional Regulation
Deep concentration on a focused creative task helps us to bypass uninvited anxious thoughts, and quickly and easily experience a tranquil state. Concentrated awareness is one of the easiest meditation practices to learn, and is a powerful way to quiet the mind.
I have witnessed the calming effect of intense creative focus in my therapeutic art studio work. For people who suffer from anxiety it is helpful to "work small." Small tasks such as needlepoint, painting and drawing tiny, complex patterns, and any other sort of detailed creative work dissolves habitual anxiety while engaged in the focused activity.
My current creative practice of creating intuitive mandalas is a form of daily emotional regulation as I heal a lifelong habit of worry. And, rather than buying pre-drawn mandala colouring books, it is more emotionally deepening to create your own intuitive mandalas to colour, paint and collage!
The benefit of a concentrated creative practice is a focused and elated state of calm.
I invite you to visit my Intuitive Mandala Gallery HERE.
Intuitive Mandala Meditations Video Course is on Life Book 2017
In this Five Part Video Mandala Course you will learn how to: EXPRESS spontaneously. EXPLORE art materials. PLAY with shapes. CALM your mind, and ASPIRE to happiness.