By Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
“The only map of your right life is written on your soul at its most peaceful, and the only sure compass is your heart at its most open.” Martha Beck
“The way to find our own North Star is not to think or feel your way forward but to dissolve the thoughts and feelings that make you miserable. You don’t have to learn your destiny – you already know it; you just have to unlearn the thoughts that blind you to what you know.” Martha Beck – Steering by Starlight
This expressive arts activity is designed to take a look at the aspects of your life which you find meaningful or special and from these, create a “compass” which will serve as a guide and reminder in times of challenge. Last year we created a “Heartfelt Moments Jar” in our January Blog. I have taken all of my weekly “heartfelt moments” and I can clearly see which aspects of my life that I need to make room for in my schedule.
Benefits: Noticing and writing out a special heart centered focus for our lives encourages a positive, creative plan for making slight but important improvements in our daily wellbeing.
Creating your heart compass collage
Ideas for use
1) Move a different heart to the middle of your compass each week or each month or daily (you decide) and make a plan as to how you will focus on this aspect of your life this week, month or day.
2) When you are facing a challenge, look at all the “hearts” and see if you need to bring one aspect to the difficult situation; for example, if you are having trouble staying committed to an exercise plan see if moving the spiritual heart over to the physical heart will help you remember to bring the elixir of self compassion to the physical aspect. Play with this idea – it is beneficial to remember that we are many things, the aspects of our lives and ourselves are fluid and swirly – your intellectual self can be an asset when thinking of a spiritual question – seeking wisdom traditions and bringing in new perspectives.
About the Artist: Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm is a Mind/Body Specialist for the Inpatient Integrative Medicine team. Email her at email@example.com with any questions and/or with special ways you are using this activity and how it has influenced your days. She'd also like to hear your ideas and how healing arts have helped you!
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