A new / old art journal
After a lack of headspace, I dip my toe back into delight
I've been complaining of a lack of connection to myself and others. I've felt untethered, like I'm bobbing around in the ocean without an anchor. Julia Cameron writes that for creative and artistic people, "attention is a way to connect and survive". In fact she encourages us to immerse ourselves in the flow of life and pay close attention.
I recently went on an amazing art retreat in rural Devon in the UK. The grounding premise for the art retreat was "attention" - the art of attention to be precise. I had no idea what to expect. I went with the intention of being aware and curious, "Attentional Aperture" (see this post for more about … Continue reading Paying Attention to Attention
England, Wednesday 20th March 2019, Day 46 I had such plans for this sabbatical, fantasising about BEING and DOING, balancing the two. The realisation that I am already half way through the planned 3 month break is brutal! Now, as I knew I would, I have days without multiple to-do lists, without deadlines, without meetings, … Continue reading Notes from my Sabbatical 
I've realised over the 3 weeks that I have been back here that it is so easy to get "seduced" back into the norm by society's conditioning, by my inner critic and to get knocked off track by the pace of daily life and other peoples' opinions.
No! No! No! I will not be seduced!
I asked myself "what in my life needs shaking up so that I can try to align with my intentions?"
I was thrilled when someone on the 365project.org community drew our attention to a recent academic article called “The daily digital practice as a form of self-care: Using photography for everyday well-being” in the journal Health. The thrust of the article is that the practice of doing a 365 photo project has complex benefits and can be linked to the improvement of everyday well-being. For a long time, I've had my own thoughts about the benefits of these types of projects, and whilst they are not a cure-all for everyone, I certainly have had only good things to say about them. I really believe that my life has improved because of my ongoing project.