This week I began a six-week vision journaling workshop with Kathryn Antyr at True North Arts. The class combines elements of many things that are important to me -- a focus on living life with purpose and intention, meditation and inward reflection, and expression through art -- so I'm delighted that Kathryn is offering weekly challenges and activities for us to follow. So fun!
As part of the creative visualization process of (a) setting goals and positive intentions; (b) creating a clear idea or picture; (c) focusing on it often; and (d) giving it positive energy - we each created a simple collage that represented what the concept of relaxation meant to us. From that collage, we also made a smaller-sized vision card with the same image as well as a couple of vision cards with affirmations to remind us to relax and go with the flow.
My collage is a few images - a pillow-stuffed hammock on a breezy porch looking out toward the water, fresh linens pinned on a clothesline, and a folding table on a casual outside deck with a candle in a beautiful ceramic holder and a full-to-the-brim mug of coffee. The only thing missing is me! I found the image of a woman looking outward in an Anthropologie catalog (my favorite place) and she was perfect for finishing my collage.
The affirmations - "Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless, like the water" is something the great Bruce Lee said. "Mind quiet, heart full" is my interpretation of a Taoist saying. For me, both express relaxation and spirituality - keeping our minds silent and open to allow peace and tranquility the space to enter.