3 tips on becoming more aware of the present moment through art
Art-based mindfulness is a relatively new concept that was initially introduced by psychologist and writer Laury Rappaport in 2009 in her book Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment — non-judgmentally and completely — rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli (noticing your breathing, feeling the sensations of your body etc.) and being "in the now."
Art therapy, as we covered in a previous blog post, is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Art-based mindfulness puts mindfulness and art therapy together, combining the benefits of mindfulness with the framework and structure of art therapy. Here's some tips for art-based mindfulness...
Try new things and be willing to make mistakes in order to learn. Most artists practise for years before they are able to produce something realistic, and they are willing to make many mistakes along the way, likely because the brain rewards learning. If you are trying this at home, don’t encourage anything messy with children unless you have time to oversee it. There is nothing worse for kids than getting in trouble for something you have encouraged — it can crush their love of art and inhibit creative exploration.
"Try new things and be willing to make mistakes in order to learn. Most artists practise for years before they are able to produce something realistic."