Mindful Creativity

“Inside you there is an artist you don’t know about…Say yes quickly, if you know, If you’ve known it from before the beginning of the Universe” Rumi

When we bring mindfulness into our creative practice something magical happens. We begin to shed light on our tendencies for our harsh inner critic to belittle our efforts or how we strive towards some idealised view of how the end product/piece ‘should’ look and then judge it as not being good enough. And instead, we begin to notice our thoughts and allow them to come and go without paying them too much attention and then just get back to the present moment and into the beautiful freedom of creative flow.

Approaching our creative expression in this way, with a beginner’s mind, being curious about what unfolds as we let go of all expectations and allow the creative expression to be as it is, in the moment. Bliss.

This embodied form of mindfulness, which is multi-sensory, helps us to deeply tune into what is going on for us, beyond the chatter of our day-to-day thoughts and gives us some space to ‘be with’ the reality of our experience. 

With practice, we become more self-aware and open as we gently move towards difficulties in our lives that previously we may have avoided or numbed out like difficult emotions such as self-criticism, fear and grief.

Through this gentle approach to creative expression, we build a nurturing, self-compassionate relationship with ourselves as we learn to listen to our hearts and souls’ needs and desires.

When we bring mindfulness into our creative practice something magical happens. We begin to shed light on our tendencies for our harsh inner critic to belittle our efforts or how we strive towards some idealised view of how the end product ‘should’ look and then judge our end product as not being good enough. And instead, we begin to notice our thoughts and allow them to come and go without paying them too much attention and then just get back to the present moment and into the beautiful freedom of creative flow.

Approaching our creative expression in this way, with a beginner’s mind, being curious about what unfolds as we let go of all expectations and allow the creative expression to be as it is, in the moment. Bliss.

This embodied form of mindfulness, which is multi-sensory, helps us to deeply tune into what is going on for us, beyond the chatter of our day-to-day thoughts and gives us some space to ‘be with’ the reality of our experience. 

With practice, we become more self-aware and open as we gently move towards difficulties in our lives that previously we may have avoided or numbed out like difficult emotions such as self-criticism, fear and grief.

Through this gentle approach to creative expression, we build a nurturing, self-compassionate relationship with ourselves as we learn to listen to our hearts and souls’ needs and desires.

 

   

           Mindful Creativity Workshops

 

Here’s a list of some of my workshops.  As you will see, the workshops usually have a theme and combine mindfulness with a variety of opportunities for creative expression with the aim of increasing your wellbeing.

Some examples are: 

  • Taking a Line for a Walk – Mindful drawing for letting go and letting be
  • Mending Clothing, Soothing Hearts – a mindful embroidery workshop 
  • Mindful Journaling for Self-care
  • Mindful Colour Play – an exploratory painting workshop exploring emotions
  • From Nature to Garment – mindfulness and experimental textiles workshop 

Taking a line for a walk – Mindful drawing for wellbeing

A fun and exploratory workshop where we work with the intention to let go and let be, noticing our own experience of this push-pull relationship within the medium of drawing.

We mix mindfulness practices with lots of different drawing techniques in this immersive workshop where the focus is on the joy found in the process of drawing itself rather than a finished piece. 

Mindful journaling
Mending clothing, soothing Hearts

During this workshop, we explore a well-being theme together. The workshop mixes readings and poems, meditations and a series of writing prompts to help us explore the topics together.

We read, we meditate, we write, we share, we heal together.

From Nature to Garment

For as long as I can remember I have loved textiles. I love how they look and feel, and the time and effort it takes to grow and process them into something so precious we can wear it next to our skin.

I deliver a series of workshops around the theme of sustainability, slow textiles and mindfulness including an experimental workshop where we take inspiration from a mindful walk and draw, print, sew and paint onto a personally loved garment in need of a makeover.

To start the journey to a more mindful you,

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