Art calms the nervous system as art making is a meditative, quiet and calming process that has a magical ability to alleviate psychological, emotional and physical pain. Colours, shapes, lines and images in creative expressions speak to us in ways which words cannot and help us discover and connect our inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions with outer realities and experiences.
Here are some activities which you can try out at home for inner peace and harmony. They are therapy for the mind, relaxing and contemplative. Remember to turn on some soothing music during your art therapy sessions. Once you focus on the art making process, that’s the beginning of the meditative process. Enjoy!
Customised art kit for the following activities will be coming soon! Watch this space.
Mandala drawing (spontaneous drawing within a circle) is a common activity conducted by art therapists as circles are like the scared shape that symbolically illustrates the entire structure of the universe – the spiral of the Milky Way, the orbiting of planets around the sun, and the movement of the moon across the sky. Carl Jung believed that circle represents one’s total personality and that mandala is an emergence of growth.
Each person’s life is like a Mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the Mandala of our life.Pema Chodron
The rich and warm aroma of coffee makes painting extra therapeutic as the smell brings forth many benefits. It may improve mood, vigilance, learning and reaction time. Long-term use may protect against brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Without my morning coffee, I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat.Johann Sebastian Bach