Why Do We Think What We Think?

And some Rorschach butterflies

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This week has been quiet: less trips to the countryside and more working on the house. I have been thinking about delegating more and the balance between paying someone to do something like cleaning or painting over doing it myself. Why pay someone to do something when I’m quite capable of doing it? Or why not make life easier and hand it over to someone else so I don’t find myself painting bannisters at midnight? For now I’m doing it myself - that might change when it comes to the wallpaper.

The wallpaper I ordered isn’t available until a week after I wanted it. Which means I have to wait for the stair carpet to be fitted. I am impatient...hang on a minute, who said I was impatient? Why do I think this about myself? Who put that piece of conditioning there?

Actually when I consider it, I don’t really mind waiting for the wallpaper and carpet, it gives me more time to do the painting and to put the finishing touches on the living room, in fact this week I took the time to make a painting for my living room. The apparently unwelcome delay fits in with my need to slow down and take things in more instead of rushing through life without touching the sides. So where has this idea of being impatient come from?

                                              The huge canvas I painted for my living room.  

More importantly if I disagree with this thought I’m having about myself, or this belief, then WHAT ELSE is going on below the surface of my mind that I haven’t realised is there? 

I’ll tell you a secret - it can be a bit scary, but it is also exhilarating - I’ve been doing this work for some years now, both with myself and with clients and it is a little bit like falling down the rabbit hole because it never stops. The things I know and understand about my life now are immense to what I knew and understood just a few years ago and I often wonder what other surprises or new ways of looking at things I will discover and where it will lead me. 

It is a wonderful process and one I can help you with if it is a leap you are thinking of taking. You can find out more about how I can help you HERE.

This week’s challenge: Weed Your Head

This comes from one one of my creative meditations which I’m in the process of reformatting so you can buy them individually and work on them in your own time. This one is called Weed Your Head: the worksheet is fairly self explanatory - print (or draw your own) and then paint or colour in the worksheet while considering the thoughts and beliefs you hold about yourself and ask yourself if they are true and where they come from - who put them there? Write an existing belief in the weed, and replace it with one that is more true and real and positive in the flower. Download your worksheet HERE. and feel free to compile a separate list if you run out of space. 

                                                   This is the Worksheet. 

Last week’s challenge:

I went with the Rorschach butterfly approach as I wanted to do something quite bold, vibrant and unpredictable. I love the anticipation of pulling the paper apart to see how it has turned out. I chose the orange one to make a copy of and add to with a black ink pen. It wasn’t as straightforward as I thought because the paint was not completely symmetrical. But I made it as much the same as I could without overdoing it and I am pretty happy with the results.

With regard to sharing your ‘work’ this week, it is quite a personal affair so I won’t suggest sharing the imagery unless you really want to - but I would welcome your responses, either in the Attentive Art Group or email sophie@theattentiveartist.com to let me know how you felt  and anything you got from it. The more I know about how my projects affect the people who do them, the more I can refine and adapt them. Also if you have any requests for a similar exercise on a different topic, let me know and I’ll endeavour to create it. 

Enjoy weeding your head and have a great week,

Sophie X

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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.