Wow! I am so excited (and a little nervous) that, starting tomorrow, April 2, 2019, I’ll be participating in this year’s “The 100 Day Project”. You can find more info about it here (link opens in a new window so you can still find this one).
I already paint pretty often, so I didn’t feel the need to paint 100 days in a row for extra practice… but there is something I’ve been feeling the need to practice. And that is… meditating!
So here’s to 100 days of Meditation + Creation!
For a little back story, I must say, I have a huge creative crush on an artist named Linzy Arnott. If you haven’t seen her work, you really ought to check her out. She is out of Vancouver, British Columbia, and her work is so absolutely stunning, you have to see it yourself to understand. She uses a lot of texture in her acrylic landscape/seascape paintings, and a lot of gorgeous colors, my favorite being her incredible use of gold. I’ve been taking classes with Linzy since last year, learning different methods for applying texture and color in my own work. But the most important thing I’ve learned from Linzy this past year has not been the way she paints. It’s what she does before she paints that’s got me so inspired.
Before every painting session, Linzy sits down and gets really connected to Spirit, and the highest vibration of love, through a special visualization meditation she walks herself through to open her heart, ground her body, mind and spirit, and connect to the highest realms of spirit. She also creates a bubble of creation, which is almost like a special room that includes all of her art making supplies, her canvas and easel, herself, of course, and whatever other nearby space and materials will aid in the creative process for the piece(s) she’ll be working on.
She has personally guided me through this meditation many times, and I am excited to bring some of her visualizations into my own sacred practice that I will be starting tomorrow.
Each and every day, I will be starting my meditation with an exercise in Dr. George Pratt’s book, Code to Joy, which was recommended to me by both Linzy Arnott and another artist and entrepreneur, Ann Rea, the face behind Artists Who Thrive. This exercise I’ll be doing lasts about 2 minutes, and is said to help unlock your natural state of happiness. After this exercise, I’ll be going through either a guided visualization of some sort, or simply walking myself through a meditation. I may start with shorter meditations to make this a manageable new habit, and work up to full 30 minute sessions later in the 100 days, once I’ve developed a routine behind sitting and listening within.
After the meditation, I will work on my art pieces, whichever pieces I’m feeling inspired to put energy into.
I’ll also be taking photos and videos of my process, and blogging about my findings in this new, exciting practice!
My desires are to:
Establish a consistent connection with my heart center.
Develop a daily meditation practice
Deepen my sense of inner knowing.
Expand my relationship with God.
Inspire the child within to come out and play.
Tap into the wisdom my soul longs to share.
Express myself without holding back.
I can’t wait to share with you how this goes… Please join me for this year’s #the100dayproject