The Soulful Artist

Life. Art. Transcendence.

Present In Every Moment

Day 4 of 30 of my 30 Days Of Creativity Challenge.

Sometimes I feel as if I don’t have the time to take to paint and create, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It’s when this happens that I know that the time I take is necessary. The time I spend creating is my time to reset. It’s my quiet time, my time to reflect, my time to go within. My soul speaks to me when I’m creating. My best answers come to me when I’m lost in the zone.

Being quiet for 5 to 10 minutes and just letting yourself get lost in what you’re doing becomes a meditation, or a prayer. God, Spirit, The Universe – whatever it is that you call your Higher Power – can be found in all things and the time that we take to create allows time for commune. It’s provides the same exact benefits as meditation – increased resistance to stress, neuroplastity, improved immune function, and so many other things. Your mind and body relax. It’s like releasing a huge sigh. That’s why it’s important to take the few minutes to allow yourself to play.

I used bubble wrap to paint today. I love bubble wrap. I love popping the little tiny bubbles, but for my painting it provided a little bit of texture and contrast. It’s different and I like it.

My words for this year are presence and moments. To be present in every moment is my intention for the year. I don’t find it ironic that I came across a quote by Henry David Thoreau that reads, “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

Have fun with whatever it is that you are creating. Use non-traditional tools to paint – bubble wrap, forks, corks from wine bottles, anything. Use colors that light you up.

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