Last month I talked about the inner critic and art. This month I want to talk about the why of it… Last Friday, I taught the first class at Placer Arts called, “Painting from the Inside Out”. We are working with the colors of each chakra in each class, so we began with the color red. As many of you know, the first chakra, located at the pubic area of the body, is related to our health, chi, our survivals needs, and the way we manifest, to name a few. Think of red as vitality. How is your vitality? One of the ways to rev this up is to get outside and walk, to dance, to connect with mother earth. There’s a wonderful book on the market actually called Earthing, which is related to our health. The author, Clinton Ober, recommends putting your feet on the bare earth 20 minutes a day to erase all the static from your body collected by environmental toxins, including noise pollution.
So back to my class last Friday.. many ‘students’ were brand new to painting, and they painted incredibly wonderful pieces using red and a few other colors, along with some stamping and collage. The results were amazing! Even to the students, who were amazed at themselves. One woman said she came in feeling stressed out, and left feeling inspired, calmed, and happy! I guess you could say that pursuing joy is one of my passions, not only for myself, but for others as well. (You can check out some of their work on this website under Events and Classes).
What I have learned over the 30 years of doing a psychotherapy practice is that when you don’t feel well it is difficult to feel joyful. I find it hard to ‘feel’ happy when I am achy, tired, over worked, or stressed. Taking care of my body, my physical self, is number one when it comes to feeling good. What do you do to take care of you?? To be able to manifest, to have chi, we have to be well. I strongly urge you to find out what it is you need to do to have these primary needs fulfilled so you can fulfill your destiny in life, and happiness and joy is part of that!
Is painting the only way to feel that kind of joy and pleasure, to stimulate serotonin, the feel good hormone? No, it isn’t! There’s lots of ways. Finding that for yourself is what I am advocating. I just happen to love paint. It is juicy, brilliant in color, glides around the paper, and just combines in the most fabulous ways with other colors. Inviting a create muse into your life is really a second chakra activity (pleasure). But I am getting ahead of myself…
The first building block is concentrating on the first chakra. It is the ‘pilot light’ for all the other chakras in your energy body. If you are new to my newsletter, you may want to buy Anodea Judith’s books on the Chakras: Wheels of Life, and Eastern Body Western Mind. She goes into detail about each chakra and how to clear them.
So why do art? Think about what you do in your life that is creative. How are you feeling during that activity? I am guessing that you may lose time, feel rejuvenated, and just get into a ‘zone’ that isn’t like any other time. It frees the mind, makes you relax, helps you unwind. Your body will appreciate that, so will your nervous system, your stress level your sleep; all of these will improve.
So, until next time ~ get out that paint!