Visual representation of mindfulness – July 1 OLW blog hop

This post is part of the One Little Word Blog Hop where members of Ali Edwards’ OLW class share their monthly assignments or something about their word.  Each month, on the 1st of the month, I’ll participate and then give you a link to the next in line (see the full list of participants at the end of this post).

Our assignment for June was to literally play and be messy with our word in mind; to reflect on our word and allow a creative meditation to unfold, using the word to create a visual representation.

I should preface these photos with the explanation that I had absolutely no earthly idea what I was doing.  The day I began these cards, I had a long to-do list and was looking forward to crossing through several items while my daughter was at her preschool camp.  I was going to cut the nine cards out of card stock and have that be it for the day.

I got out a bunch of random supplies, some of which I’d never even used, and couldn’t help myself.  I just had to use the brushes and paints and see what might happen.  I let each canvas evolve as I attempted to represent me right now… where I am with my word and in general.  When my head got stuck, I trusted my hands.  When my hands were jumbled, I listened to my heart and just kept going.  It felt sort of like free writing, but with paint.  I was using a part of my brain that had been stalled, like a junked car in an abandoned lot, unsure of when someone would be coming by to collect it.

Most importantly, I had fun.  I am really proud of myself for trusting the process and creating something ad hoc.  I honestly do not remember having fun like this recently.  So my gift to myself… do more of it.  And soon!

(Remember that last month I committed to changing my diet? I’ve already lost 6 pounds! I anticipated feeling better about my body and in my body, and that has definitely been what is happening.  More on this sometime soon, I’m sure.)

Enjoy the photos and please come back on Wednesday for another Photo-Heart Connection post.

I’m so glad to be part of this blog hop!  Some of the artwork these ladies do is just incredible! Now, hop along to visit Lisa for the next OLW post.  She (and each thereafter) will send you on down the list from there until you’ve seen them all.  The rest of the participants are listed below.  I encourage you to visit every blog for more creative fun.

You can read other posts related to my OLW here.

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JULY 1 OLW Blog Hop Participant List

Jamie     http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com
Naomi     http://poeticaperture.com <— You are here.
Jill                      http://jillconyers.com/
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13 thoughts on “Visual representation of mindfulness – July 1 OLW blog hop

  1. Beautiful! Love how you documented the creation of your cards. The texture is just stunning! You are definately a very creative person. I LOVE it. Thank you for sharing your OLD experience! -Amanda

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