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Happy Paint Party Friday! This week I painted something a little different...
Sometimes my mind ends up in a tangle of thoughts and worries. Does that happen to you? I know that worrying about problems and concerns doesn't make them go away. Similarly tying ones brain into knots does not solve anything; quite the contrary: the resulting anxious perspective means we deal with life less effectively. I know all these things but sometimes I fall into the thought tangle trap; usually when I'm feeling over tired and/or overwhelmed.
During this week's mind tangle I realised that I needed to regain an inner and outer focus in order to guide my days towards positive creative tasks meaningful to me, rather than towards unsolvable concerns. Writing in my journal helped a little. I considered brainstorming but my already overloaded mind balked at the idea seeing it as another task to perform. I wanted to paint flowers and from those two ideas sprung the idea of creating this 'Brainstorm Garden'. Suddenly my mind relaxed; I wasn't asking it to work but instead play. So I played with acrylic paint, acrylic paint pens and fineliners. I had creative fun whilst finding focus for my days. As a bonus, once I became involved in painting my mind started to relax easing the tension tangles.
I started this Brainstorming Garden late two evenings ago and finished it yesterday. In between these two sittings I read this post on the lovely Shannon's Free Spirit Knits blog and smiled at finding synchronicity with my blogging friend. Writing about removing mental clutter her words seemed to fit in wonderfully with where I was at. If you're not familiar with Shannon's blog you won't regret a visit. She has also kindly let me interview her for June's edition of Wright Story Extra.
- How do you find focus when overwhelmed?
- Can you find ways to turn practical tasks into fun creative ones?
In other news:
Have you visited the Inspiration Avenue blog to view the wonderful art auction in aid of Angel Faces charity? Just two days left to try and purchase a beautiful unique piece of art. Please do pay a visit. Its easy to bid & 100% of your money goes to this deserving charity.