What Else Could It Be?

And Where my Conscious Reflection Map Took Me.

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This week has flown by, it is the school holidays although nothing looks very different. Slowly my house comes along; another coat of paint, wallpaper samples ordered. Lampshades perused online. Plant pots.

Some things are gradually returning to ‘normal’ - I have been inside another person’s house to do some teaching. A welcome return to a family I had missed. The play parks have opened and my children are happy, bumping into school friends and having someone to play with for an afternoon - albeit at distance.

On the other hand, one morning at the beach, instead of building sandcastles, my children decided to collect plastic rubbish and brought back two beach bucketfuls of it. They want to make it into art, they don’t have the task of hygienically cleaning it! Every day our local beaches pop up on facebook with pictures of piles of rubbish people leave behind.

I have been busy making masks. I have yet to wear one to the supermarket but, not for this reason alone, I am ordering more things online - organic, sustainable, zero waste. I am reading a book called ‘How to Give up Plastic’. I am frustrated by the packaging on everything. My decluttering mission has reached my fabric drawers. In it is a mix of leftover fabrics from other projects, roller blind offcuts I have been given and bits I have kept from worn out items, salvaged things looking for a new lease of life.

This Week's Challenge

So I invite you to join me in next week's creative challenge which is to recycle something. Take a look around your home and ask some items what else they might like to be. Consider the items that go in the recycling or the bin, through no fault of their own: can you do anything else with them? Think about patchwork, repurposing, upcycling. Do you have spare paint that needs using? Can you sew? Look at YouTube or Pinterest for inspiration. Let your imagination free and don’t forget to have fun with it.

Last Week’s Challenge

I have to admit, as I wrote last week, that the prospect of where my life has been lately and over the last however many months is not exactly as I would like it to be. But without investigating this fact and identifying what hasn’t been working there is no point of reference for change. My axis for the Conscious Reflection Map only goes up to 250 which is neutrality on the emotional ladder. The highest I scored at any point from the last twelve months is courage. I dutifully plotted my points on the graph, joined them up, but instead of a typical map, I really zoomed in on it and the page became a row of buildings. There is even a church in there and I haven’t been inside one of those for years. Perhaps it is telling me I need to look at my faith or spirituality in whatever form that makes most sense. Once I had drawn my little street, I found resistance to colouring it in. What medium to use? But more importantly, should it be day or night? Are the lights on or off? How does each one feel?

I chose oil pastels and let the picture take its form. While I coloured I thought about what I can do differently. I will ponder this more as I recycle with this week's challenge.

How does your Conscious Reflection Map look? I am very curious to know.

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Have a great week. 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.