Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Creating More Joy and Resilience with Your Art

This little art doll/puppet was created in a round robin and I started it out with the altoid tin body and watch head, drift wood arms and legs. I love broken pocket watches and the idea of using them in art to "create time" for myself.

Do you ever get the feeling that that life seems to be moving so quickly, that you are working so hard just to stay in one place, as if you hardly have any time to breathe? Are you longing for someone to come along and give you a "time out" to create some art and nurture your self?

We need spirit whisperers, like Chick Moorman's book "Spirit Whisperers: Teachers Who Nourish A Child's Spirit". But I think we can all be our own spirit whisperers, nourishing our own spirits. We can call our own "time out," step off the tread mill for 20 minutes a day (minimum daily requirement according to psycoimmunologists' research) and turn to our art journals for nourishment. For 20 minutes do the things that give you a deep and abiding pleasure. Laundry, dinner, the kids homework, what ever it is, 20 minutes later than usual doesn't make a difference. But your spirit will notice! It will make a huge difference to you!

Do you wonder about your own resilience? Here is a brief resilience questionnaire:

Do you feel happy and content with most aspects of your life?
Is your work life satisfying?
Do you have beliefs or a personal philosophy that sustains you?
Do you find that you want to learn things from the people you work with?
Do you feel connected to others at your work? (Is it a collaborative or competitive place to work?)
Do you feel calm?
Do you have a good balance between your work and your free time?
Do you feel that you have enough friends you can talk with about highly stressful experiences?
Do you feel invigorated after working with those you help?
Have you become the person you always wanted to be?

If you answer "maybe not" to any of these questions, you might like to consider the idea of becoming your own spirit whisperer. Doesn't that sound like an interesting or encouraging idea? Join the next "Artist's Happiness Challenge" and learn more about resilience and happiness, starting the week of Jan. 14, 2008. I believe that when we actually take the time for ourselves, to practice the things that give us delight and satisfaction, we are a lot more resilient and a lot happier. We are thriving.

Meanwhile have a "conversation" with your Spirit Whisperer. Go to A Girl and Her Journal where you will find a lot of great journaling prompts and in particular there's one where Samantha has created a neat worksheet that she invites you to use and alter. Try using it to have a Spirit Whisperer conversation. Let me know how this works for you!


Tammigirl said...

How do I join the Artists Happiness Challenge? Is it here on this blog, Lani?

I think resilience could have been my word for 2007, I went through some personal traumas. It my intention to remain resilient for 2008. BUt who couldn't use more happiness? I'd love to know more of the challenge.

Lani Gerity said...
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Lani Gerity said...

You have a beautiful blog!!! The information is here:
While the sign up and paypal information is here (just scroll down the page):
And of course you can also go through Artella: