Friday, March 9, 2012

loving kindness: the art journal page

For a long time I have felt a bit burnt out on art journaling. Shocking, I know... 52 weeks is great and all, but all that structure can be exhausting too. But then yesterday I woke up with a burning urge to journal it out:

The iPhone photo I took of it is pretty stylized, but hey, I thought it looked prettier, so I'm going with it. One of the things that I found very challenging about the 52 weeks project, was navigating the balance between public and private contemplation and knowledge. There are some things that I'm just not comfortable talking about and the limits created by that often created blocks for me in the journaling process. This time round, or from now on, I think I'm going to make use of pockets and inserts more to journal out the private stuff. You know, in order to get the best of both worlds!

Bonus: that I get to find good use of all my paper scraps for journal cards or pockets. Woo hoo, colour and a little touch (albeit small, I know) of eco friendly goodness.

And then to make a day better, I was out and about and found those lovely star stickers you see on the page and it was fantastic, like they were meant just for me!

All in all, it was cathartic to come back to the painted page. I've missed it. I love scrapbooking, but art journaling... I adore it. I'm looking forward to plunging back into the fray.

As for the art journal page in question: For those of you who have been reading between the lines the last few months, you'll have noticed that my emotions have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride. This is probably, in large part, due to where my meditations are taking me and the work that I am doing in my practice. Things are opening up, unfolding, and with that comes some amazing highs and some interesting lows. I'm working on finding balance within that process, but it's not so easy some days. So this page is just about remembering that I am loved, to treat myself with loving kindness as I go through this process, and to remember that it's all part of the learning process.


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