Art Journal #1 // Art as Meditation

"The practice of art-making requires spaciousness and time, which in our busy lives can help us to slow down. Engaging in the arts helps us to be present to the moment and see deeply. By making the arts a spiritual practice we discipline ourselves to make time for our relationship with God through the conscious act of creating. Through the arts we discover a divine presence that is not static, but an active force in our lives. We slowly learn to surrender to a process greater than ourselves and loosen our tight grip of control."  - Christine Valters Paintner

I've decided to combine my resolution to meditate daily with my resolution to paint at least an hour every day. For this night owl, waking up at 5:00am is challenging, therefore I set up the easel the night before so I'd be ready. And it was far easier to wake up to sit and paint rather than getting up to exercise (my other resolution which I tried last week but decided to wait til my body was more awake).

My brain felt like it was still sleeping, so I simply pushed some color around and did some intuitive painting without focusing on any details. Afterwards I felt so refreshed and accomplished, having crossed off two things on my daily list by 7am...yay!

Looking forward to tomorrow morning's art meditation!

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