This week my journal was a safe haven. I needed this creative space for working out my strong emotions.
I start each week with an image from my 100 Mandalas Challenge weekly post. On Sunday I published a post about labyrinths and one of my go to exercises is to print a labyrinth and journal along the path. It is a great way to explore one's feelings. READ MORE and GET THE PRINTABLE LABYRINTH.
While I had a lot of great things happening on Sunday, I was suffering from extreme PMS symptoms. Emotionally I felt like this character from Expressionist artist Edvard Munch's painting, "The Scream." I hate it when my hormones hijack my feelings of well-being. I turned to my journal to add images and words to express how I was feeling and what I could do to get passed this moment of madness.
I found some immediate relief by eating a few squares of dark chocolate. It is amazing how it takes the edge off.
My watchword for this week was OPENNESS. I pulled out a piece of parchment paper and typed some keywords and phrases from the Virtue Card. The typed words were faded so I traced over the words and thought more about the message that I needed to hear.
On Monday morning I had my teeth cleaned. I haven't been taking good care of myself these last several months.
Getting my teeth cleaned felt like pressing the self care RESET button. It is time to resume my good self care practices. I know it will help me with managing my monthly hormonal shifts.
In the midst of the madness, I received a beautiful comment on my blog. I printed it onto a piece of paper sized to fit in my journal.
The timing could not have been better to read how much my creative work means to someone else. I have collected other beautiful comments over the years. I'm going to go back and print them and tuck them into my journal pages. This will be a good place to record these positive messages for the next time when I doubt what I'm putting out into the world. Thank you Donna for your comment on my blog!
One of the Buddha Doodles this week spoke to me about the importance of living moment to moment. The words "tranquillo" and "Moderato (with expression)" on the sheet music seemed to be perfectly paired with the Buddha Doodles illustration and message.
Preparing for my next 100 Mandalas Challenge blog post, I drew some Celtic spirals. This is where I really felt the shift in my thoughts and feelings. To draw these spirals I really had to focus on the construction. My mind could not think about anything else.
In a funk? Transform the funk by drawing Celtic spirals!
It really helped me!
To finish the spread I layered a variety of randomly selected images. I picked them more for their colors. I like the message of stepping from stone to stone. It goes with the message of living moment to moment.
At the beginning of each month in this journal, there is a "Musings Page." I covered it with a piece of scrapbook paper and cut out a silhouette of a woman. The figure became the perfect container for Rumi's, "The Guest House."
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
What message do my guests have for me? I'm listening.
I love how these journal pages turned out. They are not only fun to look at but they offer me reminders of what I need to do to work through those moments of madness.
Join me each week as I share the pages from my art journal.
Until next week,
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler