The Whole Point of Dancing is the Dance

or, The Journey is the Destination - plus what I made from a roller blind.

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I have been trying for a while now to reach one part of my mind with another. There is a bit of it that seems to have gone to sleep and I am trying to wake it up. I believe this is an element of dissociation. I am trying to reassociate myself. I’m reconnecting some parts of myself that have forgotten how to communicate with each other. I have been allowing space to consider and reflect instead of cramming every second with self imposed tasks in order to avoid certain aspects of reality. I have been studying the psychological patterns that drive this behaviour and ways to recondition myself. To meet myself in the middle. 

Spending so much time in nature is lovely, I can feel myself being nurtured by it. We have had more flower gardens and woodland walks this week, as well as time for me to read and think now the play parks have reopened.

On the hottest days in summer my children and I pause and savour the moment in the sunshine. We turn our faces and palms to the sun and we absorb it with the specific intention of saving some for winter. Then, months on when it is dark and icy, we remember that we stored some sunshine, that we kept some warmth to see us through. Today on the shimmering beach, not a cloud in the sky, that is what we did. Closing the loop bringing the past to the future while getting off at every stop in between. Bringing one part into another. Integration. 

 

There is a full circle feeling which leads me to this week’ challenge:

 

Create a Mandala. 

 

Mandala comes from the Sanskrit word for Circle, it can be used as a meditation tool for focusing attention made of a circular pattern of symbols. Used in Buddhism and Hinduism as well as other religions, its original meaning is that of wholeness and the structure of life as well as the infinite spiritual world beyond it. 

Mandalas and mandala art have been popular for a while now but I have never really introduced myself to them, so I invite you to join me this week in Mandala exploration.

You can use paper and pens, pebbles and shells, leaves and flowers. Make them tiny or massive, it is your choice. Make it meditation, be mindful, listen to yourself and ask your Mandala what it wants you to know. Immerse yourself in the creative process. Maybe I’ll reconnect the missing parts of myself in the process; after all, the journey is the destination

or as Alan Watts so eloquently puts it ‘The whole point of dancing is the dance.’

Last week’s challenge:

I really got into the recycling thing!

I made several bags out of roller blind off cuts and have plenty more fabric still to go. I had so much fun with it that I made a little video as well, because why not?

I also created a little basket out of a fruit punnet. I loved the process and the making something out of nothing, zero waste approach. I’d like to make more of these, reuse that difficult to avoid plastic. Make it have another purpose, give some meaning to its existence. The pattern and the process will need a little tweaking though. What do you think of it? 

How and what did you recycle?

I’ll be putting my bags in my zero waste and upcycled Etsy shop: Eleven O Four. Have a look HERE, after my inspirational week of recycling I’ve got lots of new things to upload so you can favourite the shop to be notified of new stock.

You can follow my home decorating, recycling and upcycling adventure on instagram HERE @theelevenofourstore.

To share your recycling masterpieces, you can tag @theelevenofourstore or @attentive_art on instagram or email me at sophie@theattentiveartist.com

Have a lovely week. X

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Sophie Walker

Multi Disciplinary Art and Design, Creative Life Coach and Business Mentor, Attentive Art

I'm an artist, photographer, designer and writer. I had enough of trying to be one thing so I decided to embrace it all. While working this out I 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.

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