(SeLoFest17 Post: Day 20, click here for all prompts so far)
We’ve been talking about creative living a lot these days because to me, it is the active practice of self love. Giving ourselves the space to connect with our intuition is giving ourselves the access to hearing ourselves, healing ourselves, loving ourselves. That is why I believe so much in the power of Art Therapy as a supplement to anyone’s life.
Let’s revisit the aspect of fear when wanting to practice a life of creative living.
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes, “You do not need fear in the realm of creative expression.” This statement is a further highlight of a sentiment we’ve explored repeatedly in the process of self love because actively learning to live a lesson takes practice and revisiting. And fear is the biggest thief of all when it comes to our creative richness.
Fear seeks to control you by wanting to protect you, except sometimes fear tells you that if you fly you will crash and die, and you live a life of walking, never knowing that a life of soaring is what you were made to do.
The Prompt: What are areas that you seek to control and that you have justified yourself in doing? What are the limits you place on yourself?
The activity: Choose something around you that you would like to draw. You will be doing still life so you can always go for something clasically aesthetic, like fruit.
In your journal: Draw the item with the opposite hand you draw with. Observe yourself within as you do it, what feelings go through you. Focus on releasing control of the result and rather concentrating on the process. If you wish, write about the process after. (If you’re usually talented at both hands, consider drawing with your toes)