So you are curious about this creative self-discovery thing but have no idea where to start. Start here, where you are with what you have. Work as you can and with what feels right for you. Allow your unique path back home to You all the room it needs to unfurl at your feet… and remember to go easy on yourself. This type of work happens in fits and starts not all at once.
Whether you have just a few minutes or know you want to do this the rest of your life we have some suggestions for you on how to get started.
Dip Your Toes In
If you don’t have a journal maybe it’s time to get one. It doesn’t have to cost much at all. You can grab a spiral notebook anywhere and make it your own with collaged images adorning the front cover and throughout.
Similar to Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages”, we have something we like to do in the studio called a “Brain Download.” Set a timer for 3 minutes and just start writing. Just like in process-painting there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. If it doesn’t make sense, perfect. Just write whatever comes to mind. Do this as much or as little as feels right for you.
In the studio we often begin the second half of our day-long workshops working in our journals with a series of Questions for you. Here are a few to wet your whistle:
- If I knew I couldn’t get it wrong I would…..?
- If I didn’t have to know why or how, I might…?
- If I didn’t care what________thought, I would….?
- What have I resisted today?
- If I wasn’t afraid I would?
Scribble. It seems extremely basic but scribbling can drop us down into our heart space just as process-painting can and you can do it just about anywhere. Get elaborate with your scribbles using colored pencils, magic markers and crayons or keep it simple using just one pen. This one simple act can help us move stagnant energy in our body!
Work with your hands. A few weeks ago one of our dear painters brought in some tiny playdough tubs. It’s now a mainstay at the studio gathering table and is part of our closing circle. Plus, the smell can transport you right back to being a kid. Hey, you could write about that!
Dance by yourself to some of your favorite music. Even if it’s just 3 minutes, it can change the entire trajectory of your day.
Read some articles to inspire you. This process stuff isn’t just about painting, it’s a way of life. Read about how it is working in us and those who inspire us here:
- Owning My Aversion – Sarah Oblinger
- Finding My Own Way – Stephanie Gray
- Living Beyond Labels – Jenny Hahn
- The Cartography of the Heart – Denise Andes
- A Huge Misunderstanding – Lila Haris
Wade In The Water:
Find a creative self – exploration modality that speaks to YOU and discover how it feels when applied in your life. Each facilitator will bring his or her own flavor to the experience. Again, there isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. Take some time to become familiar with a facilitator and figure out what works for you.
Here are some links to get you started:
- Studio Exanimo: Sarah Oblinger
- Denise Andes: Body-centered Psychotherapist
- Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt:Sensory Awareness
- Lila Haris: DMHealing Sessions
- Stephanie Gray – Process Arts Facilitator
- Jenny Hahn – On-site Process Painting
- Create a home studio
- Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter
- Register for one of our on-going, online offerings – The Walkabout , Rise and Shine, a 1-1 Session or something in our home studio in KC
- Begin to love every single bit of yourself…