A Deeper Knowing
There is so much you can do with expressive art! This week has just been a tidbit, a little taste to entice you to continue making intuitive and expressive art on your own to develop and enhance your ability to listen to your body.
Hang your finished artwork together. View the grouping; rearrange it to make it pleasing to your eyes. It has come from the deepest, most sensitive, and wisest part of you. Breathe, and allow yourself to be guided by the knowledge it has to offer.
We are living in a fast-paced, hustling, busy world and I realize you probably don’t have much time to spare. I designed most of these activities to be completed in about 15 minutes; some, like the paint blots, take less than 5 minutes. If you can set aside 15 minutes a week to make some intuitive, expressive art, you will witness a shift in how you feel about yourself, your life, and the world around you.
Find a space – the kitchen table, a corner in the family room, a quiet nook in your bedroom. Set up your supplies before you go to bed the night before so you don’t fumble away the time looking for things. Put on some music and set your timer for 15 minutes. Then draw, paint, sculpt – whatever comes automatically from within you. At the end of 15 minutes, stop. If you are “in the flow” and you have more time available then or later, you can continue or return to your art. Make it a priority to schedule 15 minutes for expressing yourself through art each week.
Having this outlet to express what is inside – even things you can’t articulate, or of which you might not be aware – goes a long way towards creating inner peace and a deeper knowing of yourself. You will be “freeing the artist within”, the part deep inside of you that longs to be heard. Give yourself this gift – you deserve it.
Gail Brightmon Moser
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Living with any chronic condition is a challenge but living with a chronic condition and managing work is a whole adventure of its own. It is essential to listen to your body so as to find the right balance at work. Finding a balance also means understanding how much you can handle and learning to clearly articulate your needs. So what does this mean? For me, it means knowing what symptoms will affect me the most and taking the time to start brainstorming ways of alleviating the symptoms.
For example, I suffer from migraines often triggered by the fluorescent lights found in many offices. Every time I was at work I would not be able to concentrate because of the discomfort. Once I realized the lights where a major problem I spoke to my doctor first to see if she would be willing to write a note that I could use with my employer explaining the need to adjust the lighting. Armed with support from my doctor I asked my boss if the lighting above my desk could be removed. It was a relatively easy adjustment to make so they were able to accommodate my request. I had the same issue at another job but they couldn’t remove the lighting due to the way it was set up so I bought myself prescription sunglasses which I wore while at the office. I also would ask staff if I could turn off or dim the lights when we had certain group meetings. It was a hard exercise because it meant being vocal but it was my first lesson in advocating for myself in the workplace.
How have you found balance at work? What are some of the things you have done to adjust?
Topic: Introduction to Week 1
This is in response to Gypsy Rose’s post asking for an introduction to Week 1. Thanks for the request, and I hope this helps!
If you are just starting out, please feel free to explore the topics and join in on any/all topics.
Our first week is moderated by Mary Grace, and it is about body rhythms. This is the schedule:
Signs and signals
Categories of rhythms
Seasonal body rhythms
Combinations of factors that affect our rhythms
How our bodies let us know we’ve hit our limit
Why should we care about body rhythms?
Though each of us may have different reasons for the health issues that we experience, there may be factors that persist through all of this, that connect multiple systems and influence the way our symptoms change over time.
Understanding our body rhythms can help us proactively to manage our health.
This is your chance to reflect on your body rhythms.
For example, knowing when you might be tired throughout the day can help you do things to avoid the bouts of tiredness, or help you to plan your day around it.
If you recognize your body’s signs, they may serve as a warning sign that you are entering a danger zone, or tell you something else useful about how you are feeling.
You might have a sense of “categories” of rhythms (like sleep, menstrual cycles, headaches, body temperature), how the body might feel different depending on the season or the locale, and combinations of factors that affect our rhythms.
Lastly, the week’s topics end with a discussion of how we know when we’ve hit our limits.
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