What you can learn from a word of the week

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Recently I was asked in a Facebook group what my word of the week was. I sometimes roll my eyes at such questions because they make me feel like I haven’t analysed my life enough if I don‘t know what my word of the week is, and I very much doubt I could analyse my life any more than I already do.

A day or so later a word dropped into my head which was ‘percolate’. The idea being to let go of thoughts and ideas a bit more and allow them to sift, this gives the thoughts a bit of breathing space which allows them to form into actual things instead of being squished in a perpetual state of too many thoughts jostling for space. Many of my thoughts and ideas lately are around energy, positivity, art and creative visualisation. Or, creatively directing and enhancing energy for a positive outcome. I have a very busy mind and overthink everything. This is why I paint and write as much as I do, it helps to turn it off - to percolate it.

The next day I spoke to my dad on his birthday. One of his gifts was some Blue Mountain coffee which donates a percentage to bear sanctuaries. Coffee isn’t a gift I would normally get for my dad but he is a bit limited in what he can do these days so the coffee was to go with a book I knew he’d like. He was delighted with the coffee and told me a story about some friends of his from about 40 years ago who back then had a nice life and were doing well for themselves and they always had Blue Mountain coffee. Apparently he had been thinking about them recently and had said to my mother that he’d never got around to trying this particular coffee and he really should, I had no idea about this. Then it turned up as a birthday gift. So my dad percolated his coffee!

There is a release in percolating. Sometimes thoughts can go over and over and you ruminate or catastrophise so much that it is like you are shrink wrapping your thoughts, suffocating them with cling film in an attempt to switch them off but by doing that they just stay where they are and still don’t let up. After all, your subconscious likes these thoughts, they have been around for long enough that your subconscious thinks they are keeping you safe when in reality they are driving you mad. It took me a while to fully grasp the concept of ‘what you resist persists’ but this is it. By trying not to think about thinking, guess what, you can’t turn it off. In the same way I learned that the things which made me roll my eyes (or want to delete them or go off to another room) are the very things I need to be percolating, and once I let this happen I was able to let things go, see them from a different perspective or decide to take positive action on them.

Stop resisting, percolate.

There is an idea within the claustrophobic confines of the shrink wrapped thoughts, that you want to not have this exhausting brain experience - which is true - but maybe, instead of wishing they would stop, take some time, allow them to percolate so they can filter. I’m sure many of them will dissolve and the ones worth keeping will stick around and brew into something beautiful. You can invite me to work with you on this if you need some more help.

You have my full permission to roll your eyes here - a word of the week might not be such a bad thing. If you have a word of the week; this week, or any week, then let me know.

You can reply to this email, post in the Attentive Art Facebook group or tag attentive_art on instagram.

If you can’t think of one, percolate and see what pops up…

Hot off the press!

I have a new free ebook called Use Art For Positivity and Enhance the Energy in your Spaces. Grab your copy HERE then put a painting on your Christmas list, buy one for someone else or be really radical and treat yourself (often easier said than done, I know). I hope you like it :)

Here’s what is coming up next month:

Friday 19th November is the next Attentive Art Night

Saturday 20th November is the live zoom Creative Visualisation Workshop

Click HERE to find out more about my percolating - oops - coaching options

Have a great week,

Sophie X

PS Go and look in the mirror and smile at yourself. It will make your day better, I promise. 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.