There are times when you discover something so beautiful and powerful that you just have to share it with others. My mom was at a workshop this weekend led by Jan Richardson. Her website and her blog offer a look into how she writes about her faith or creates powerful, beautiful images. She has the most incredible way of putting complex issues and ideas into words, living out her beliefs as well as inspiring others to explore and giving them ideas to try. As a preparation for Advent, she encouraged groups of people to explore while making images that fit each of the topics out of torn paper.
Can you tell that my Mom had fun playing?
I love looking at the textures and colours that she mixed as well as the unexpected shapes and images that form when you just give yourself over to something creative.
Being given the chance to play and explore is such a gift in itself.
How can you carve out a bit of time amid the chaos of this season to be Creative? The time will be well spent.
INHALE: When life gets busy or emotional, we have a tendency to hide, to make excuses, to avoid putting our own needs on the “to do” list, I think that we actually make things worse. Just as our bodies cannot go forever without rest, our spirits need Creative moments to restore them and keep them in balance. We need to Inhale our Creativity on a daily basis during busy seasons as well as quiet ones.
EXHALE: Almost everyone has a calendar or planning book where they keep track of their major appointments and events. Open yours and block off 2 half hour sessions sometime in the next week where you can be creative. Now find 3 fifteen minute blocks to look through magazines, fondle supplies, shop for ingredients or sort creative spaces. Shorter times can be just as valuable when we work them in. Aren’t you worth it?