mindfulness

Mindfully Noticing Pregnancy

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The first half of my pregnancy was spent anxiously waiting to see if it was to be a viable pregnancy, and then coming to terms with actually having a little person growing inside of me. The second half of my pregnancy has so far been consumed by preparing for her arrival. It has felt very important to me to pause and to be present with what is actually happening right now. Many times I have consumed food or drink and forgotten to notice how it tasted. This will be the only time I carry a baby and I want to experience it.

 

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My Art Work is in a Public Gallery

I now have two of my artistic creations displayed in a local art gallery. The gallery displays work by professional artists most of the time but I learned of an exhibition that was open to artists of all abilities and decided to enter two pieces of work. This is the first time I have displayed my work somewhere it will be seen by the general public and by several thousand people.

The brief was to decorate a 5 inch canvas however you liked. I wanted to create a piece which had an important message and that expressed my thoughts and beliefs. I came up with Anchored In The Present. This is a reminder to mindfully return to the present moment and to anchor oneself in the present. Inside the circle is the calmer state of the present moment. The circle is a rescue ring. I used zentangle patterns around the outside because drawing these patterns is a way of returning to the present moment.

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My first attempt at Anchored in the Present didn’t go to plan so I decided to reuse the canvas and covered it with one of my blackwork embroidery designs. It is called Smile . I hope that people seeing it in the gallery will smile when they see it.

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Here’s a view of both pieces on the wall in the gallery, amongst other people’s great work.

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I’m really pleased to have my work in the gallery. A lot of effort went into these pieces and in finding the courage to put my work out there. This has given me a confidence boost and shown me that I do have something valuable to contribute.

 

 

Anchored In The Present

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My local art gallery has invited artists of all abilities to submit work for an exhibition and I decided to enter. The brief was to create a piece of art using a 5 inch canvas. I wanted to create a piece incorporating a mental health theme. I’ve been listening to a lot of talks about mindfulness recently and they repeatedly talk about bringing oneself to the present moment. My therapist recently mentioned an anchor as a something to bring oneself to the present moment. And zentangle art is also used as something to focus on in the present moment. Hence, I decided to bring all three into the design. Inside the circle reflects the calmer state of the mind when anchored in the present. The circle is a rescue ring – indicating rescue from mental torment. And the zentangle patterns around the outside provide a reminder of what can be done to bring oneself to the present moment.

 

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Breathe

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After starting a mindfulness course I wanted to create a visual reminder of using breathe as a calming source.

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Bombarded

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I felt overwhelmed and bombarded by things that I was trying to handle. This image externalised how I was feeling.

 

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Support and Reaching Out

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This image depicts the support I have received and where I have reached out. It includes being welcomed into community groups, support in person and on the phone from my therapist, the elefriends website, and my GP.

 

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