Peace and tranquility are attainable.
Do I see a few eye-rolls and hear a gaffah or two in the audience?
For many this seems to be a pipe dream, yet some people have some semblance of calm in their day to day life. There are people among us that seem to radiate inner peacefulness. For years I have admired these individuals who march to the beat of a different drum.
What appears to be a common thread among them is some form of a catalyst of change. Something happened to them or around them that brought them forward in their personal evolution. Some event awakened an awareness in them that they didn’t have before. With this awareness came change and with change came peace.
The first step in the journey towards tranquility is the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of awareness and the development of the ability of living in the present moment. This can be achieved through meditation or other practices including creativity. Many people turning to art and creativity discover that art can bring them to a similar state of mind as meditation does. Art can and is a catalyst of change for many of us.
As a full time artist I feel the need to add other mindfulness practices to my daily routine, such as meditation and quiet contemplation. I have also felt the need to limit my contact with disruptors which is very difficult to do in the 21st century due in part to our technology. It is also vital to remove oneself from toxic environments to evolve in one’s pursuit of a mindful approach to living.
The practice of mindfulness is in itself appears difficult to attain. If we let the chaos get the better of us then the mindfulness automatically falls by the wayside. We must remember that light always wins over darkness and peace vanquishes chaos. What we need to implement are daily positive practices that will maintain our inner peacefulness and allow mindfulness to grow and flourish. Part of our daily practice should be drawing. Drawing is a peaceful practice. Like meditation it can be twenty minutes set aside for us to work in our sketchbook. This daily drawing practice will not only hone our skills but will develop our awareness of our environment and our self.