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I’m on the edge of becoming. Maybe you are too? Lately though, I wonder if it’s more of a returning. Returning to the essence of who we are here to truly be. Just how exactly do we get that final momentum to cross over that line from here to there? You know, the imaginary line we ourselves draw and even make up a rules about it. That if we don’t cross it we’re settling for less than. Less than what though? Sometimes the voices of my Muse and my Inner Critic are hard to make out. I picture myself spreading my wings, flying fearlessly from this Becoming or Returning to an actual Arrival. Flipping that switch from my old self to the one that better radiates my true essence appears to me as necessary yet daunting. I imagine seeing my radiant new self through an open doorway, hoping someone will come up behind me and just push me through!
The adaptability of Intentional Creativity is that it lends itself to any part of your life needed. So is the case of this becoming, this process of turning gently back to our true self. Self Compassion is a wonderful healing salve to bring to all those parts your inner critic tells you you’re not doing enough, not keeping it all together. What if you treated your own self as with your most beloved person or pet? Inviting love and acceptance to replace disappointment and judgement about ourselves. with inquiry to your life situation and explore through creativity, ways to shift and transform. . Instead of waiting until things settle down, it’s helpful to create using this method in the midst of it all. This process supports and informs us as we move through our painting providing insight into our life situations.
What do you do when life it ‘too much’? Whether or not you’re conscious of it, there is an ebb and flow in our lives. Times of ease and times of crisis. When it seems we can’t catch a break from all that life presents to us, trying to keep it all together we tend to feel less than adequate.
We’re conditioned to feel we must keep it all together or else we are flawed in some way.
The truth is that we as humans are inherently imperfect. So how do we let go of the unrealistic expectations of perfection we’ve set for ourselves? How does Self Compassion fit into this scenario? Nourishing ourselves with self compassion helps us be gentle with ourselves, instead of mentally beating ourselves up. With our heart and mind filled up with this loving way of holding space for ourselves, we’re also enabled to give back to others, holding space for them in a more sustainable way. Self Compassion nourishes our ability to bring compassion to others.
Loving yourself is healing the world~Jaymie Gerard
As our conscious mind is preoccupied with the creative process, our subconscious is freed up to provide us with information otherwise inaccessible.