Finding Our Way in the Maze of Life

Visualising the path ahead...

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Many of us will have got lost over the last year or so. I know I have.

There was a point in 2019 where everything seemed to be going better than it had for a while. It felt good, I felt valued, I was enjoying myself.

Then over the course of the last few months of that year it began to slowly trail off, dwindling almost imperceptibly at first. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, much of it was beyond my control and I had to ride the wave.

Then followed 2020. There were many highlights among the challenges and our challenges were less than those of many others. You can read about my year in the Ebook I wrote from my creative challenges with Psychologies magazine. I’m donating £1.00 from every sale of the Ebook to Covid charities, you can buy a copy HERE.

As 2021 dawned, I had renewed hope and ambitions. Many of these were immediately derailed by my children’s school closing at 8pm the night before they were due to go back.

All the familiar things were still not the same. Nothing was as it had been.

I felt altered.

This is when, unable to go anywhere else, I went inward and my creative mindfulness journey arrived at the stop marked ‘Creative Visualisation’. It is a natural next step from Creative Solution Focused Therapy which I already practice, but this is more to do with bringing about a specific goal. It is not so much about going back to a state which you were once in because it was better than the one you are now in. It is about imagining the place you want to be with all of your senses and it might be similar to one which is familiar, but be prepared for it to have changed. You can find out more about Creative Life Coaching HERE.

In my house, we have been isolating. My son’s class was sent home from school on the 14th July and my daughter came down with coronavirus the following day. They missed the end of term activities. I caught the virus from my daughter and was out of action for a fortnight. My son then caught it too, and although he bounced back quickly, he has had to isolate the longest. He is eight. Today was the first day he could go out since his class closed at school. We went to Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, one of our favourite places. I let him be the leader. To his delight, the maze was open for the first time since the first lockdown.

He led us left, right, around and back again until, finally, eventually, we found the middle. Except the middle was different, all the things were gone and an empty space was there. Happy to have found it, he led us around in circles for a while until we eventually emerged, having finally found our way out.

My message this week is this:

Remember how it felt when you reached the middle of the maze of your life and everything was lined up for you.

Transport that feeling into the future and be prepared for it to be different, see it as an empty space ready to be filled with new things to feel great about.

Feel great about them now. Draw, paint or write about how great they are.

Let me know how it goes:

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With that in mind,

Have a wonderful week,

Sophie X

Sophie Walker

Mindful Creativity Practitioner, Artist and Writer., Attentive Art

I'm an Artist who studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.