My invitation to you for the month of May at M.O.S.S. is to create a little bit of mindful presence around art making.
What might this look like?
Plant prints are the focus of the month for our group, which is an amazing opportunity to be curious and surprised by the subtle textures of the leaves, stems, and roots that we will be rubbing and printing.
The process has an inherently meditative quality that we can build on through a bit of silent art making.
My thought is that during the 4 sessions (5/2, NO SESSION ON 5/9, resume 5/16, 5/23, 5/30) the group can build from 15 minutes to 60 minutes of quiet time into the practice.
Tomorrow, May 2nd, we will have silent art making from 10:00 - 10:15 AM and on May 16th, we will have silent art making from 10:00 - 10:30 AM, and so on.
After each silent period, we will have an opportunity to discuss our experience as a group.
You might be wondering how might this benefit me?
Art as a mindfulness practice and mindfulness-based art (quiet art making) both bring us closer to the flow state that enhances well-being and decreases reactivity. Wouldn't it be nice to move towards less reactivity? What could shift in our families if we took a breath, in order to move from reacting to responding to our kids? This would be really helpful as June rolls around and we are with them more.
Thank you in advance for joining me on May's journey!
Here's an informative article about art making as mindfulness practice >> https://wapo.st/2rbtxLM