Introduction & New Year Holism
Welcome to a new feature on my site… a blog!
For some time I have considered adding a blog, but held back, out of fear, of some sort, I suppose.
However, I would like to share some more about the woman I am behind my artwork. So….
I’m in my late 20’s and lucky enough to be married to my best friend and soul mate. We live together in Nottingham city, but feel more at home (and peace) by the sea, or more specifically, Whitby.
I’ve been creating all my life. As a child, Christmas and birthdays were always the best when I was gifted a new art set. I watched ‘Art Attack’ on TV, and immediately my sister and I would fill the kitchen table with empty cereal boxes, paint, PVA glue and embellishments, all the while Mum was trying to set the table for tea.
One of my fondest memories is being young, sitting at the kitchen table with Dad, and we were painting. I can’t remember what I painted, I was too enchanted by the silhouette of a witch flying across a sunset sky on her broom stick that Dad had created. To me, he had created a masterpiece.
Growing up, Mum (and sometimes my Grandma) taught me to use a sewing machine, make clothes for my dolls, embroider, knit, paper crafts, and basically anything creative! I’ve been very fortunate to have such a supportive family, encouraging me to keep making crafts and art.
Whilst these days, my time to create is limited ( I work a full time day job, try to get regular exercise, read, study, and all the other million things an adult has to do), when I get the chance to immerse myself in art, I go for it. Over the years I have gravitated to using primarily graphite, sometimes charcoal, as I have become comfortable and knowledgeable in how to use these materials. There are times however, where I move away from drawing, and create something entirely different. (I’m looking at the half finished quartz and polymer pendant, and polymer head sculpture of my guardian angel next to me.)
That’s a little about me and my creative history, now I’d like to share some New Year Holistic habits I am going to try incorporate into my life.
For many years now, I have had an active interest in health and well being. In fact, I’m part way through studying a qualification as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Holism is about incorporating the mind, body and spirit, and recognizing that is one is off balance, it will cause imbalances in other areas of well being also. It is about treated the body as a whole. I will talk about this some more in future posts, as well as my experiences with spirituality, which I feel have a place in Holistic health.
But here are a couple things that I would like to bring into the New Year and make regular habits of:
Daily Mediation – I’ve been meditating on and off for well over 10 years now, but it is only the past, say, 4 years that I’ve had some profound experiences. There is a vast amount of science to support the benefits of daily meditation, such as stress and anxiety relief, lower blood pressure, improved sleep and many others. It’s recommend that just 5 – 10 minutes per day is enough to bring a positive difference.
Travel 3 Mix media : A piece created by what I saw during a long mediation session
I struggle with making it a daily practice, so I plan to make it part of my morning routine before work, and aim for 5 minutes during the week, and 10 at weekends when I have no time constraints.
Be more mindful of my thoughts – I’m terrible at this, I admit it, I’ve started on a nice thought then before I know it the train has crashed and I’m being all negative and end up feeling like crap. I have been making an effort to catch myself before things get too dire, but this year, I want to make more of a conscious effort to think more positive, and have more belief in myself too.
Use my crystals more – I have quite a growing crystal collection. I’m not sure what it is about them, they just enchant me, look so magical, and of course have claims to heal and benefit all areas of life. I’m very interested in metaphysics, and would like to study it when I have the time and means to do so. For people unfamiliar with healing crystals (think quartz, amethyst, tigers eye, jade, snowflake obsidian to name a few) it is said that they work on a frequency, a channel/level of energy that when placed in homes or carried by a person, introduces that energy frequency to the space/persons energy. An example being with rose quartz, known also as the ‘love stone’ , it not only helps attract love in a partner, but also self love, its soothing and brings a sense of peace and calm. If a person was lacking in self love and acceptance, struggling with well being, by carrying a piece of rose quartz with them, it is said it will bring the calming, loving energy to that person. I think I may need to come up with an actual plan for using them, but they are commonly used in meditation. (I mediated with a new crystal, lapis lazuli last week. I sat up in bed, and after just a few moments felt like I was rolling, tumbling down, then soaring up and crashing back down. Needless to say, I wasn’t actually moving, I’d never had such strong feelings of moving before, so it could have been down to the holding of the crystal.) I could start by doing a longer crystal mediation every Saturday evening, experimenting with different crystals, and even try crystal grids.
*Please do remember though, if you do have a health concern, always visit your GP to discuss it with them and follow the advice that they prescribe. Holistic practices are not intended to replace conventional medicine, but rather to work along side them as complimentary therapies. Always discuss with your doctor before taking any herbal remedies, new exercises etc, especially if you have a pre existing condition.
That brings me to the end of my first post. I look forward to writing more next week, and hope to include topics such as my art (I have some pieces waiting to be photographed, but struggling with getting the best natural light to do so), holistic health and spirituality, as for me, all these topics are intertwined and give me the basis of inspiration for my art.
Please feel free to comment – do you have any holistic practices you would like to bring into the New Year? Does well being and spirituality inspire your artwork? Or maybe you just want to make this year your best yet? Let me know!