Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Life as art

If your life is an artwork, what are you creating? What style is it, what colors are included in your palette, what textures do you imagine? Is it something that brings you joy?

If you are a visual person and if you enjoy art, you might savor spending some time with these questions. Journal them, paint them, draw them, sculpt them, dance them. Whatever floats your boat. You might even wish to create a representational piece of art to show what you wish your life to be.

I often ask clients to imagine their life as they really long for it to be, to flesh out in great detail the broad strokes of it and the dailiness of it. I ask them to include sights, smells, sounds, textures and as much detail as they can imagine. Paint me a picture, I say. And what delightful dreams and goals often emerge from that exercise.

I invite those women who truly get into this exercise to take it a step further and create a collage that they can see regularly, something that spurs them to keep going on the days when they are discouraged and lose sight of the dreams and goals.

I'd love to hear from you in the Comment box below if you have done such an exercise and what it revealed—or if you're interested in doing so and what you are interested in creating.

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