In the video above, I share my thoughts about going into a drawing meditation.
What is it about drawing and meditation that go together?
It’s about working quietly. It’s about going into yourself and letting creative expression flow. It’s about non-judgement and non-attachment to an outcome.
Wanting to create a masterpiece or have something “be perfect.”
Honestly, creating something in meditation is perfection in itself – as a result of the action.
Meditation lends itself to higher levels of creativity.
I find that because I meditate so much now, I have a constant flow of ideas – in every area of my life: my day job, with poetry, writing, drawing, coloring, even what I might make for dinner.
And, personally, it becomes a spiritual endeavor – at least for me.
So, let loose and let the markers flow!
Yes, you can draw!
Even if you think you cannot draw, think about the following:
Can you draw a circle?
Can you drawn an elongated circle that looks like a teardrop?
What about a line? It doesn’t even have to be straight.
Those three things are all you need to do this drawing meditation.
If you like this meditation, perhaps I’ll do one with triangles or rectangles and other lines. It’s really so much fun!
Even for this meditation, if you’re feeling brave, add in squares, triangles and rectangles and I’ll bet you can create something pretty spectacular.
As you begin…
Take three deep breaths.
Let your mind become still.
Gather your materials and pick your favorite utensil and draw a circle. Anywhere on the page.
Concentrate on making complete circles and joining the lines so they are actual circles and don’t look like the start of spirals.
Then look at your drawing and analyze for balance, and the placement. If there’s a large circle on the right, then a large circle on the left is in order.
Once you have a few circles drawn, try a teardrop shape that sort of “hugs” the circles.
Experiment with line thickness.
Pick a few circles in which to draw a few spirals.
Then try some lines. Make some thicker and others thinner.
But, try not to hold onto what you think the image should look like. Just go with it.
This is a good lesson in non-attachment.
This is especially true if you’re new to drawing. I admit that I’ve been into drawing for a long, long time and I usually can just run on intuition when creating something – which is what I did here.
Even if I was on camera, with meditation, I was able to just focus on the drawing itself. I let all my thoughts go except for “circles, teardrops and lines.”
The resulting drawing is what I came up with in about 20 minutes.
If you try this, I would love to know what the experience was like for you. Let me know in the comments.
What are you waiting for? Get out your markers, get a piece of paper and turn on the video.
Online this evening: I’m reading The Power of Silence by Carlos Castaneda this month and if you’re interested, I’ll be online this evening (Mon, 4/17) from 9-10pm, EST, on my Facebook Page.