Alright, so you're a healer. A lot of your energy is invested in other people's lives. How do you recharge after a long day, or week of healing? What are your self-care techniques?
I recently read City of Refuge by Starhawk and I was reinspired by the healer in the series, Madrone, who holds a significant amount of bee power. It got me thinking about what healers need to keep doing their work.
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Healers are constantly being drained. Even grounded, connected, fulfilled healers with excellent boundaries. So, it made me really think about how art and healing go hand in hand with recharging and rejuvenating yourself.
One of the things I think is really important to add into your self-care process is carrying your sketchbook with you in your daily life. 15 minutes of creating art during the day, carving out a little time for yourself on your lunch break, or between clients, really allows you to recharge and see what it is you're seeing in your daily life.
Drawing is an excellent style of public meditation. It gives your brain a reprieve from being responsible and taking care of everyone else, and instead take care of yourself.
Your artist challenge this week is to:
1. Take your sketchbook with you wherever you go.
2. Draw the things around you. See what your life is made up of and what's around you.
Comment below and let me know how the week went for you. What did you draw? How did it feel? What did this exercise give you?
Fresh artist challenge for this week! This week let's talk about color. Color can change your emotional and mental mood. This week we're going to use large watercolor washes to help shift your moods.
Open your sketchbooks up and grab your supplies. Pick whichever color is most resonance to you right now. I use yellow to deal with anxiety. Fill your page with your chosen color. Trust yourself.
Pick a piece of wax paper and smash it in between and turn to the next page. Do this for numerous pages and let the colors pour out of you until you feel like you got what you needed out of the process.
Check in with yourself after you finished painting. Where are you at? Make a note on the back of your completed page about how you're feeling emotionally, spiritually, mentally and/or physically. Then shut your sketchbook and go do something else.
Try this exercise two or three times this week. Check in at the end and write how you feel each time. See how this works for you. See what thoughts and concepts come up for you.
Comment below and let me know how it worked for you!
Week 3 of the art challenge for healers.
Grab your sketchbook, sharpies, pencils, and pens.
This week's video focuses on markmaking and Shaun Tan's concept of taking a line for a walk.
To see his work: http://www.shauntan.net/
Turn on some good music after watching this video, open your sketchbook up to the pages you've already painted on with color from Art Exercise #2, using watercolor washes and wax paper, and start making marks.
Doodle. Think zentangle stuff. Think phone doodles. Use the strange shapes from your wax paper on the watercolor. Look at them and enjoy creating marks using those patterns.
Take your brain into doodle land. Give yourself 5-10 minutes per page and experiment.
If you didn't do week 2's exercise, find it here:
Comment below about how your experience was. What did you enjoy? What was hard for you?
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