This is the quote I added to the meditative background.
Dwelling in the present moment allows us to see beauty we may not
have noticed if we are thinking too much about the past.
Sharon Salzberg, a meditation teacher even says in her book Faith that”just as the world is breathing,the pain is breathing. It’s inhaling and exhaling and there is space between.”
I thought this quote fits since the original art-as-meditation was done with the breath.Inhale we painted. Exhale we painted.
The space between is the present.
Grounding is a practice to detach from emotional pain. It is a looking outward as opposed to getting in touch with feelings. Stretching is a physical grounding practice. So is touching. My friend recommends putting your hand on your heart. Add some focused breathing. Connect with your strengths. Grounding!
Autumn is my favorite season. I appreciate the lesson
of falling leaves and explore what I may need to let go of.
What about you?
Here is a yoga posture to help relax the nervous system.
Sit on your mat with your legs extended in front of you.
Stretch your arms above reaching towards the sky. Bend forward slowly from the hips folding your upper body over your extended legs. Breathe. Relax into the stretch without putting undue pressure on the lower back. Breathe. Unfold slowly by engaging the abdominal muscles and pressing into your legs for an extra boost.
This calms the parasympathetic nervous system.
It is the opposite of the fight or flight mode we find ourselves in when feeling stressed.
Hope this helps.
Being able to take care of ourselves even in the smallest ways in a sound movement towards personal power after trauma.
How do you care for yourself now? What small delight can you add? I love flower remedies. So I went to a favorite store that offers unique healing products. I had not been there for awhile so just going was healthy self care. It was delightful for me to purchase A PostTrauma Stabilizer filled with organic, wild harvested flowers. What treasure can you find or rediscover?
Just wanted to share these two art images.
The original process I had in mind didn’t work.
I was attempting a new technique.
However, this was the surprise result. I love them! A dose of delight.
The lesson for me is to stay curious and open.
Be with the process not the product.