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You have been surrounded by a lot of distractions and stressors lately. Life has never been busier now that the world is moving fast, chasing endless possibilities. As a result, you have been living in autopilot, mindlessly going through your daily routine to keep up with the world. And then one time, you finally caught a break and realized that although you can connect to the world, you can’t connect to your thoughts and emotions.

People have been realizing this; they’ve been looking for ways to reconnect with themselves. It’s ironic how the technology that brings us close to others encourages us to be closer to ourselves first. This is where mindfulness comes in.

Mindfulness calls for “awareness of self” and “paying attention to the present moment”. It helps us tune in with our state of mind and emotions. It lessens our reactiveness and helps us respond healthier to the world.

Art-making is, by nature, a mindfulness exercise. It requires focus on the here and now. It coordinates your mind and your body in creating something that resonates with you. Art indulges your senses which grounds you in the present moment.

One bonus tip: concentrate on your breath as you create something. Let the movement of your hands or your body follow the rhythm of your breath and synchronize them. This way, you are incorporating meditation into art-making.

Post Author: Michelle Kramer

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