Can we talk about mindfulness? It has been shown to reduce stress, increase focus, and regulate emotions. Definitely something I can use more of in my life!
Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment. It is intentional and non-judgmental.
When my mind gets lost in busy-ness, I ask a simple question. "What do you notice right now?" The answer can vary depending on the situation.
Sometimes I notice sensations in my body, like tightness in shoulders or that I'm clenching my jaw. Other times I notice the scenery around me, particularly on a walk or a drive, which I was otherwise tuning out.
I've been painting landscapes lately. Landscapes with trees, landscapes with water, all subjects that make my soul sing. What I love about painting landscapes is it leads me into a deep state of mindfulness. I need to attend to the details of the scene I am creating, so by default my mind can't wander too far. I'm very present as I capture light and color.
Here is one of the landscapes I created recently, and I am thrilled it has been accepted to the New Hope Arts annual exhibition. "Earth Our Source" 20x20in acrylic on canvas.