We all know how important it is to find time for ourselves. The worst thing we can do is loose ourselves in the busy-ness of life. I have fallen into the mind trap of, “I don’t have the time to relax – there’s too much on my plate already”. Sound familiar? If you have trouble finding time for your “art” self, then it’s REALLY time for you to get into your art journal.
I truly believe one of our main missions (if not the real mission) while we’re here is to get to know ourselves. We’re programed from a very young age to look outside ourselves for the answers. We now live in a world that is so focused on measuring up to something or someone. We’re being told to look to our spiritual leaders to tell us how to live, our teachers tell us a fabricated history, and our government to sustain us. It seems it’s always somebody else that has the “right” answer, so buy their book and change to match their interpretation.
I am becoming more radical in believing the only way to find what is right for us is to listen to ourselves. We are the only ones that have the best plan for us. Spending time alone with ourselves and digging into what our truth is will bring us contentment. If we need a direction, the compass is inside us to lead us along the path that is the best for us.
There are so many possibilities for us and getting to know what they are can happen in your art journal. It is exciting for me to go into myself and examine me on the pages of my journal. It helps me see clearly.
HOW TO FIND TIME –
1) Realize and admit that it is the most important thing to have alone time. To rest and take care of yourself. If you loose yourself in activities for others – it will lead to resentment, anger, and feeling lonely. If you make something a priority, you’ll find room in your day for it. Where your heart is – that’s where you’ll be.
2) You can find a spare 15 minutes in your day for your art journal so do your pages in stages.
Your art journal is your fun place, safe place, no rules place, and your spilling place. Do what you can as much as you can. Your journal doesn’t have expectations on how it’s going to be used. Look inside yourself and feel/sense/intuit when you need to go to your journal.