Silencing Our Inner Critic

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’
 then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent Van Gogh


Lately at the studio, we’ve been working with how to disengage the long-held beliefs that we “aren’t good enough.” Most of us have had this belief, and for many of us it steers our lives… sometimes without us knowing it. That feeling of not being okay can lead us to look outside ourselves for solutions. The truth is we hold all the answers inside.

How do we learn to trust ourselves again? Well, at Nectar we paint! We are creative beings and sometimes just the feel and motion of putting paint on paper helps us return to our center of truth. The inner critic might still come in, but instead of buying into what it’s telling us, we can thank it for its’ many years of service and politely tell it to get lost. We do this by saying “YES” to what wants to come into our painting, even if it doesn’t make sense, the colors don’t match or we think it will “ruin” it. When we say “yes” to ourselves, it is powerful experience and a beautiful thing to witness.

We would love the opportunity to paint with you this month and hold you all in a space of loving kindness.

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