I joined a group called “21 Day Painting Meditation”. This group is sponsored by author, Whitney Freya. If you click on Whitney’s name a link will take you to her blog. Whitney is the author of The Artist Within. Many of you have probably already read the book or been on Whitney’s website. Whitney is a coach, artist, and creativity muse.
I decided to sign up for the 21 days of meditation for several reasons. First of all, I am always interested in learning how others teach. I also enjoy it when I am pushed by a schedule to do something creative everyday. Painting for 21 days sounded fun. Plus, I love the benefits of meditation. The group started the painting schedule September 24.
In order to be a part of the group you have to sign up through a site called Nexus. Here is a link to the page on Nexus that talks about the group, 21 Day Painting Meditation. I was new to the site at Nexus and had to figure out all the ins and outs of the website. Once you joined the group you could go to an area called “the forum” to see the postings of meditations and the comments or discussions of participants. If you missed a day you could still sign on and play catch up .
How you do the meditation or when you do the meditation is up to you. The way I participated was to first watch the meditation painting done by Whitney. I usually sat and watched it with all my painting supplies in front of me so I would not have to move. Once the meditation was finished, I replayed it and turned the sound up so that I could hear the music. I then did my painting meditation listening to the music without looking at the video. Some of the work turned out really good and others not so much. But that wasn’t really the purpose. It was a form of meditation, of just letting go and letting your mind recharge and refresh.
The meditations were short, about 7 to 8 minutes. I found that even when the music ended I continued to paint. I had a hard time putting the brush down. Then when I did finish I saved my paintings and worked on them with pen and ink later on in the day. I love to doodle, so I doodled on them while watching television. Actually, I should say while listening to the television.
Doodling is a great way to meditate also. I am including some of my meditation paintings in this article. You might want to try this form of meditation yourself sometime. Let me know how you like it if you do.