My major motivation to take a brush/Crayons/pens&pencils out to start creating something is to do something contemplative.
-the movement of your Hands,
-breathing with awareness, witnessing of what goes on inside while making a particular brush stroke for example
-the choice of colours and shapes
-the choice of style and the activity of building layers, including natural ingredients such as smaller twigs or sand, tiny pebbles or a sea Shell
can be consciously chosen to develop a contemplative mind set – so circular movements are my favourites to deal with my “crazy monkey mind” (as Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche would put it) – If you haven’t experienced it, just take some colour and a big Piece of paper and start making circles ….but: without the inention to create perfection. Witness the Feelings and sensations while doing so.
The results often are precious to me. And it’s not in the first place because I think the end result is so outstanding and good, it’s more like I have a Souvenir of a process which was unique and very likely to having taught me something about myself.
You see some of the latest ‘souvenirs’ in this post.