“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.” -Buddha
You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.
These last few months have been quite trying on us all. Not a single person is left unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This pandemic has cost millions of people their loved ones, their jobs, and their way of life. Our lives as we knew it completely changed almost overnight. It is a very traumatic thing to have your sense of security stripped from you. We are all experiencing a distressing moment in history together. Many of us are in a highly emotional state right now.
And that is okay. Be easy on yourself.
We are all trying to figure out how to come out on the other side of this.
It is such a cliche to hear that meditation will change your life. Well cliches are cliches for a reason! If you know something works, why wouldn’t you do it?
When most people think of meditation, they think of the traditional way of sitting cross legged with a straight back and your eyes closed chanting “Aum”. That can be quite intimidating for those without prior knowledge or experience with meditation.
I’m here to make the benefits of meditation more accessible to you.
Find your “anchor” and focus on it.
In simplified terms, meditation is completely experiencing the present moment. Your anchor is what keeps you grounded to the present.The breath is the most traditional anchor, but rules are meant to be broken.
Get creative, perhaps your anchor is your feet as they hit the ground while you walk to work. Or maybe it’s the knife on the cutting board as you chop onions for your family’s dinner.
My yoga teacher taught me thoughts can be grouped into two categories; past thoughts or future thoughts. Tidy up your mental space by filing away your thoughts into either the future or past category. Then bring your attention back to your anchor.
In art meditation, the anchor is your paintbrush.
Focus on your breath and you suddenly remember that you’re alive. You made it this far.You’ve learned from your mistakes and you’re just trying your best.
There’s nothing to worry about until there’s something to worry about.A good friend of mine would always say “Stop worrying, Kristen! When you worry, you suffer twice.” Why waste valuable mental real estate on things that upset you?
Stay present, stay healthy.
The more you think about the things you don’t like, the more those things control you. And if you avoid thinking about the things you don’t like, they similarly control you as the avoidance surrenders you to external circumstances.
The key is to find balance. Be brave and acknowledge the truth. If something is bothering you, think of resolutions. The sooner you make the change, the faster you will reap the rewards of said change. Many people are hesitant to begin art classes because they claim they are unskilled. Well, duh, of course you are unskilled if you’ve never taken a class!
Talent is not something you are born with, it is ambition and practice. If you set your intentions on something and put in the time to work on it, you will be successful.
Don’t let negativity distract you. Be powerful. Be in control of your happiness.
If you are looking for a safe space to practice self expression and exercise your intuition, I highly recommend signing up for our online Art Journaling class. Your instructor will encourage you to stop overthinking and just express yourself freely. Basically, art journaling is like keeping a visual diary to talk about various struggles or aspirations you may have. It is an aesthetic way to document your life!
Join Rebecca on Sunday Nights for her FREE online art class live streamed to Facebook and Instagram.
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