One of my favourite birthday presents this year was a small sketchbook and a sketching pencil from my mum. When we were on holiday in Dartmouth I got into having a go at drawing and I really enjoyed it.
The children were probably the main reason I was inspired to have a go. They were such good company for a little art session every now and then. No pressure, no expectation. It was a lovely situation to have a go in.
So since we got home I have kept it up. Each night before bed I have had a go at a little sketch of something or other. They are by no means works of art but I have really enjoyed doing them. I have tried to stick to the same rules as the children,no pressure and no expectation!
Last night I had a go at an image of a human brain that I had seen in a magazine. It was quite detailed so it really took my attention and I really focussed on what I was doing, right there in that moment. Doing something that takes all of our attention for a period of time is great. It challenges us and it trains our brain to focus. At the same time it stops us worrying about anything else that might keep popping into our minds.
Give it a try. All you need is a scrap of paper and a pencil. Each time you find your mind wandering simply bring your attention back to the sketch. Mindfulness and creativity really do come together.
Come on a Revitalise Day to get inspired to try other new mindfulness exercises, you will be amazed at the difference they make to your life.