This post was originally published on kindovermatter.com on 13 May 2015
I grew up with my Mum telling me how important it is to have a good heart. She still repeats this message to me and I wholeheartedly believe it is true. This is my Mum’s way of saying be kind, compassionate and generous. I was certainly raised to be all those things and more. To this day my automatic response when meeting new people is kindness, compassion and generosity. You could say that I’m an idealist most of the time and yes, sometimes being kind, compassionate and generous has not been valued by the receiver.
Somewhere along the way as we transition from child to teenager to adult, we forget that being kind, compassionate and generous isn’t just reserved for others; it is also a gift we need to deliver to ourselves. Life can be pretty stressful and when we are on autopilot taking care of everyone else’s needs, we tend to be the first person we overlook. We think harsh thoughts of ourselves, riddling our hearts and minds with criticism, belittling, self-deprecating comments and self-doubt at a time when we need the most compassion.
This tutorial is about letting go of the negative and embracing your positive. Its role is to remind you that kindness and self-acceptance are for you, too. The creative process can be a very healing, enlightening and immersive experience. This activity is pretty simple and can take just a few minutes. I invite you to take as long as you need. There is no need to rush. Give it a try and let me know how you do.
As a teenager I kept a diary and would journal all my experiences and thoughts. In my 20’s I stopped doing this, but in my 30’s I returned to journaling with a creative edge – art journaling and writing stream of consciousness style. I can type way faster than I write so this is my method of choice. I allow the words to flow and don’t read it until I’m done.
Making art in an art journal, on paper or on canvas is a practice that can turn our harshness towards ourselves right around.
You’ll need just a few art supplies to get you going with this activity. You don’t need anything fancy.
Bare essentials art supplies:
Whether you decide to journal, make art or both, I encourage you to try these journaling prompts:
Doesn’t it feel good to extend kindness to yourself? I’d love to hear how you did with this activity. Please tag me (#gutsygirlart) on social media. I’d love to see your creation from this tutorial!
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