Conscious colouring

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For months now I’ve been longing to try out the latest adult colouring trend. The books can be pricy, so I’ve resisted buying one. Until today. I found a beautiful book packaged with a box of colouring pencils. 🙂

It was worth it. For the past two hours I’ve been colouring the delicate patterns and I found it to be very calming.

At first, my colouring movements were fast and deliberate and I felt anxious. I was even irritable. But after a while I slowed down and became absorbed in the process. I could feel anxiety leave my body.

Emma Farrarons, the French illustrator and graphic designer who compiled The Mindfulness Colouring Book, says this in the introduction:

“…Taking a moment to pause and be mindful can dramatically improve our well-being, making us feel calmer, less stressed and more at peace with our emotions.”

I struggle with depression and anxiety and the ritual of colouring helps me to clear my mind and feel centered again.

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Doodle art to understand depression

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I found this really awesome page on twitter called Doodle Chronicles. The doodles document the author’s journey towards understanding her severe clinical depression and anxiety. I think they are just amazing. Spread the word and show your support by following @DoodleChronicle if you are on Twitter. I can relate to each one and find them so helpful! 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding yourself in the things you love

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I thought I would be brave and share a picture of a skirt I made recently. So here it is 🙂  I used a plain t-shirt, cut off the sleeves, sewed up the holes and there I had a skirt! I personalised it by sewing vintage-looking mandala patterns onto the skirt. I love wearing it with bright red or purple stockings – it looks amazing like that 🙂

Creativity is important to me. I live for it actually. I shelved my creativity for a long time – life got in the way, I had a baby and that consumed all my time. But neglecting that essential part of who I am was a big mistake. I once read something that says “we lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too.” And that is so true for me. Getting creative again is making my soul happy. It gives me perspective and gives me the time I need to make sense of my world. I love losing myself in the process of creating something and it is just wonderful. It is a strange thing – when I’m making beautiful things I think that the world isn’t such a bad place. I feel excited and alive – and that’s what I lost. I forgot to nurture my soul.

Creativity has also been part of my healing process – it is a constructive method that helps me to slow down and calm my racing mind. The discipline of creating something is helping me toward wholeness.

I read this about creativity and I think it is beautiful: “to be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance it’s beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” I think this is just awesome. This is exactly what creativity is bringing to my life. I’ve missed that feeling and I want it to last.