Drawing your Emotions
I want to share with you a process that I do every day, and encourage my clients participate in as well.
It allows me to move through and release my emotions, so that they just don’t sit and fester within. This works for negative or positive emotions. This is a part of my daily ritual to help me embrace and work with my depressive/anxiety disorder.
Many people they love to journal but I love to draw, so I combine both to help me connect with my emotions, and now I am able to see them in a spectrum of colour. Often I see my emotions reflected back at me through colour before I am even aware that I am holding this emotion in my body. I have a wide palette of emotions in all different colours. They are unique to me and me only, as some times my anger is a lilac not a colour you would normally associate with anger.
This exercise is not only for when you are feeling a negative emotions – as I complete this process everyday no matter how I feel, it allow me to reconnect to myself, to my art and gives me a handle on my emotions.
– Paper or small note book
– Coloured pencils or pastels(whatever you wish to use)
– Set aside 10 to 15 minutes a day( may be repeated more than once a day)
Draw a circle on your paper.
Sit and connect with the emotions you are feeling, taking a deep breath, in and out, in and out. Pick up the first colour you are attracted to, just draw within the circle …… then continue changing colours for every emotion that you connect with…..
Write words if they come, symbols, pictures or just colour, don’t think, allow it flow onto the paper.
If you feel the need to write, either on the back or opposite page allow the words to flow, again just write the words no censoring.
Once you have completed this let it go, don’t revisit it.
Every day that you practice this you will be becoming more attuned to your emotions and the colour palate that is you. The more you practice the easier it is to release and free yourself from the emotions being held within.
Seeing your emotions in your artwork, the colours you wear, etc, you will be more finely attuned to how you are feeling by the colours that surround you. Emotions are held deep within the body a lot of times we are not even aware of what we are holding.
So take 10min a day free your emotions, and if needed repeat anytime.
You don’t have to be an artist to pick up a pencil ……you just need the desire….
Diane Collett at Angelic Presence, she combines meditation & mindfulness practice along with creative art processes to assist people to slowdown, reconnect to themselves and increase feelings of positivity & relaxation. https://souljourneywithdiane.com.au/