Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mind Tamer Meditation April 20, 2011

"Mindscape/Cool III" mixed media on paper 13"X10", unframed; 18"X 21" framed

Prepare your drawing or painting supply list: quality paper, water color crayons, colored inks, acrylic or water color paints, brushes, water containers etc.

Select and play calming music. Set timer for 10-15 minutes. Sit a in a comfortable chair with loose clothing. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Notice the mind “chatter”. Let it be. After a few moments, focus on breathing for a few minutes: in and out. Inhale and exhale slowly. After a couple of cycles of slow breathing, return to normal breathing.

Next, imagine your very favorite spot in the world…beach or mountains or wooded landscape? Wherever it is, make it serene and put yourself in the middle of it. For example, if you are in the woods, imagine the lush forest with a babbling brook and rustling leaves. Notice the color the leaves, the rocks and the trees. Feel the gentle breeze on your skin. Taste the air. All is quiet; all is calm. Be in your special landscape. Relax and enjoy it.
When the timer goes off, slowly move your hands and feet to awaken your body. Gently open your eyes. Take another deep breath. Notice how you feel now. Get up slowly.

Go to your artist’s page with renewed serenity. Take a few moments to re imagine “your” landscape. Begin by using your drawing instruments to draw some shapes that remind you of your mind voyage. Allow the calm mood to continue to guide you.

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