By Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
This artistic project is designed to remind you of an intention that you hold dear. The activity works to connect you back to the big picture goals of your life. With the busyness and hustle bustle of life come challenges, and these challenges can throw us off kilter OR we can use expressive arts and challenge as a reminder to focus on values that are important in our lives.
Cardstock, pens, colored pencils, circle template (lids of various sizes), optional: paint.
Use your circle templates and create a circle on your card stock. Use the different size lids to create at least 3 circles within your biggest circle. Put a heart in the middle or use another symbol that has meaning for you. See examples or use this template..
With your circle prepared to your liking, write a word in the middle that represents your main intention. For example: Strength as a main intention. And then in the middle circle put the actual task or challenge you are facing for example: “seeing challenges as an opportunity for growth.” And finally in the outer circle write out words that you want to focus upon during the coming days. For example: “courage, change, believe and growth.” All together in this example, your focus is to have strength, see challenge as opportunity, and your reminder words will be courage, change, believe and growth. See picture below.
Decorate and color with pattern and design or leave black and white. Be creative.
If you are using the template use the extra heart circle to create a fun reminder. For example: write “Joy” to remind yourself to look for this aspect.
I used this intention circle re-center when I was ruminating about a simple mistake I had made in the online platform during the first week of classwork for my degree. It was very useful for me to remember my main intention and my goals for this important life challenge. I glued the intention circle onto the composition book that I use for class. This serves as a reminder and a way to calm and reconnect. See picture below.
Use your circle to whenever you begin a new project or when you are facing a challenge.
Gift an empty circle to a friend going through a challenge and encourage/explain the process.
For working with children, this is an amazing process to teach early on that challenge is an opportunity to grow, change and learn to capitalize on your strengths.
About the Artist: Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm is a Mind/Body Specialist for the Inpatient Integrative Medicine team. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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