The #InstajoyProject Day 2
Welcome back for day 2!
I hope you've all enjoyed the first day of our week together. I've made another quick video for you all today, as I have two key tips today.
Creativity is a mirror for our lives
Several of you commented yesterday that you moved through stages of loving, hating and then back to loving your mandalas again - and this is totally normal! I always think of Michelangelo when I hit a difficult stage in a creative project. As we know, he was an incredible sculptor, and all he wanted to do was sculpt. But he was also an incredible painter, and the pope of the day essentially forced him to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo didn't enjoy the project - which took years to complete - but he pushed through and created a masterpiece that has been admired by millions of people since.
So I take heart from Michelangelo - that even on days when I'm struggling with the next steps on a project, if I just keep going, and let the next steps unfold, I'll get to my masterpiece at the end!
Of course, this is true for our creativity, our art, and our lives as a whole.
Often the feelings and responses that show up when we're creating also show up in other areas of our lives. So far, I've seen comments from people about being scared, wanting their mandala to be perfect or amazing, needing to free up. On the flip side, others talked about getting into creative flow, being in a beautiful meditative state, being so 'in the zone' they were barely aware of the outside world!
When you make your mandala today, observe what's coming up for you, and while you create, you can think about where this same response shows up in your life. How can you release, let go, or bring more ease into your creativity and life?
Mindful creation is the first step, and transferring our learnings into the rest of our life is the next step! I would love to hear any comments or reflections you have while you make your mandalas today.
Someone said once that your art isn't finished until you love it, and that we shouldn't stop until we love each piece. I think the same is true for our lives!
Bringing intention to your creativity
This leads me to the second point for today, and the question of how we make changes in our lives. In the lead-up to this round of the #InstajoyProject, I talked about using mandala making to help us finish the year calm, mindful and strong.
When you're making your mandala today, it would be great to spend some time thinking of an intention you would like to take into the rest of this year. With the 38 days we have left of 2015, what would you like to achieve? What will you do to get there? How will you be?
The benefit of setting intentions while we're creating, is that we are often operating from a relaxed, open space. When we let go, and create without overthinking, we also access our unconscious mind, which helps ideas, thoughts and solutions come to the surface.
Creative time is a great time to tune in to your true self, listen and ask for answers.
I would love us to start some discussion in the Facebook group or on Instagram about our intentions for the remainder of the year. Let us know what you're thinking and feeling!
That's it for today... see you all again tomorrow. Enjoy creating today xx