I started Flora Bowley's Bloom True e-course, yesterday for the second time. I took the course last September and learned so much about myself as an artist and the process of intuitive painting. I've changed so much as an artist over the past five years and I like the changes. I am learning to trust myself and letting the creative process happen. I don't doubt myself as much as I used to and have realized that fear will rob you of your joy if you let it....so I do my best to keep fear away and welcome joy!
One of things we have available to us is a Guided Meditation that Flora leads....I didn't take advantage of that before because I was always to busy to stop and calm down long enough to meditate - quite frankly I never had time to stop and try it. I was selling myself short!! I tried it tonight and it was great!
A six minute audio file of guided meditation was a pleasant and relaxating experience. I'm definately going to do this daily. One of the exercises is to set an intention for the course during your meditation. My intention for this course is to pain the best I can pain and create as many canvases as I can. I want to fully experience the joy of creating beauty and walk away from fear of comparing my work with others'.
Another practice that we are encouraged to do in the Meditation prompts is to learn to accept yourself without judgement or criticism. That is something that I need to work on during our course - as acceptance is difficult for me. Accepting my art without comparing it to someone else's, accepting me as I am has always been hard - I've always felt "not good enough", "not thin enough" "not thin enough", "not smart enough"....basically just not enough. I am confident that I can learn to accept my accept myself during this course.
So, maybe this week, maybe you can meditate this week and learn to accept your self with joy and not fear.
All the Best!