Last fall, I came upon a wonderful list HERE of words comparing emotions that come from love versus emotions derived from fear. Ever since, I've wanted to record them or at least some of them in my journal. It has taken me this long, nearly nine months, because I've been distracted by life and not faithful with keeping an art journal. I'm so glad I'm back and playing again!
I started this page by smearing on two colors from my Japanese watercolor travel palette - a simple red and blue. I sprinkled on salt, let it dry, then went in with my favorite black pen and silver marker.
From the long list of words from Tiny Buddha's post, I started with those that spoke to me.
chooses - avoids
energizes - saps
inspires - worries
I continued with:
patient - nervous
plays - controls
There wasn't enough room in the heart to add all of the words so I continued the list underneath.
It is interesting to think about how all emotions come from two basic root emotions: love and fear. In this list above, we see emotions that come from a place of weakness and fear. Do any of these look familiar?
If so, then keep scrolling. You'll find their compliments rooted in strength and love. Let's lean into these words...
As I read this list of words, I feel my shoulders soften, my breath deepen, and my body relax.
Words are so incredibly powerful.
Think back on the words important people have used with you over the years. I can think of teachers and a parent who were critical - oh how those words made me shrink and feel small. Then there are those words from other teachers, friends, and another parent that were encouraging - I felt so relaxed, bolstered, and shiny.
What words are you using to describe yourself, your experiences, your NOW?
What words are you using with your children?
These are the questions I am asking myself.
What are you feeling right now?
Check out THIS LIST from Tiny Buddha and if you are feeling a fear based emotion - lean in to it's compliment, the one rooted in love. You can also click on the image above for a closer look at the words I recorded in my journal.
As for me, my favorite word of all is CURIOSITY. It is the best antidote to all fears.
What word inspires you and lifts you up? I'd love to hear.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva and Creative Dabbler.
PS. When my husband walked by the kitchen table as I was working on this journal page, what he saw was a butterfly wing. "I can see that too!" I exclaimed even though I had started with a heart image. He noted how cool that the butterfly, a symbol of transformation is a great image for my journal page. We talked about how we can transform our fear with love and these words are helpful "keys" for that transformation. I can't tell you how lucky I feel having met a guy who gets what I do. Wow!