By Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
An Expressive arts project to encourage you to honor the process of intention: 1) focus, 2) attention and 3) action during your day-to-day and beyond.
One specific way to center and calm is to set a daily intention that will allow you to have a guide and a focus during times of stress and challenge. This can act as a specific way to address and clear mental habits of rumination and self-critical thinking. To set an intention you need to:
Seed – honor this intention within your heart
Water – used focused attention during your day to strengthen your intention
Flower your intention with specific actions within each day
Mindful practice: To begin to think about your intention for the coming days, soften your focus and use deep, even breathing. Use this moment of quiet to set a focus word intention about what you would like to bring into sharper attention in your life. For example: Grace, peace or hope or you can use a favorite poem, quote or verse as your focus.
Project: Create a flower to act as your reminder to Seed, Water and Flower your new intention.
Materials: Paper, pencils, pens, and or markers. Optional: Colored pencils, paint or magazines for collage.
Benefits: Journaling and expressive arts are unique ways to organize your thoughts, and make sense of strong emotions. Writing down an intention and using art to bring it into sharper focus can act as a resource and reminder to connect with the larger picture of meaning and purpose.
Ideas for personal use and/or to share:
By: Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
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