Posts Tagged ‘practice’

Twentythirteen A-Z Word Mandala o’ Thankfulness

November 19, 2013

One of the ways I’ve enjoyed making my practice of making gratitude lists a little creative is to turn them into Wordles.  I recently started experimenting with the word cloud site Tagxedo, where you can transform your words into even more shapes!

As the Thanksgiving season quickly approaches here, this is my annual A to Z gratitude inspired list…. in the form of word mandala:

Twentythirteen A-Z Word Mandala o’ Thankfulness | creativity in motion

A: Ascending & Abiding
B: Breath, Beginner’s Mind, Blessings, Balance, Boundaries
C: Creativity
D: (1) Day at a time
E: Energy (flows where intention goes)
F: Future, Firewalking, Freedom, Forgiveness
G: Grace
H: Health (ier), Healing, Hope
I: Intention, Inspiration
J: (2013’s) Journey
K: Kindness
L: Light, Love, Life
M: Mercy
N: Namaste
O: Openness, Open Heart
P: Patience
Q: Quiet time
R: revol’ution making, renewal, recovery, resolve
S: Silence, Soul, Stillness, Simplicity, Shift, Sacred, Space
T: therapy, treasure
U: understanding
V: voice, values
W: wings, wholeness, witness
X: x-tra ❤
Y: yellow (sun)
Z: zen moments

No amount of tagxedo words can fully express the love & deep appreciation that this list embodies, including so many individuals, adventures, and experiences that have inspired, nurtured, and brought clarity to my 2013 journey.  Thank you!

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Related Posts:

Twentytwelve A-Z Wordle O’ Thankfulness

My Gratitude Wordle Collection

Trauma Stewardship, Gratitude, and Wordle Making

 

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I Care for Me: Self Care through Creative Practice & Intention

May 26, 2013

I continue to work on my self-care art journal and this week re-visited Christine Arylo’s Madly in Love with ME Chapter 6 dedicated to Self-Care.  I always find the creative tools and honest reminders Arylo writes about in this chapter a really good place to center myself about the value of caring for yourself and your well-being: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

In February, I wrote about one of Arylo’s Me Art Prompts and Daring Arts of Love: to create an “I Care for Me” Proclamation. At that time I created a mini proclamation to include in my 365 revo’lution project, as well as claimed beliefs and habits on a larger piece of paper that I privately kept with me.  Writing this proclamation was really helpful to bring me back to core attitudes, values, and choices important to my self-care.  Arylo states making your proclamation visual is “proof of your self-care choices.”

Yesterday, I focused my art journaling energy on re-honoring this commitment by including it in this special space- and now here:

Self Care Proclamation

Arylo also has a “Love Mantra for Self-Care” which I created as a separate piece that fits within the journal.

Love Mantra for Self-Care

This mantra also supports Arylo’s reminder that the more we take care of ourselves, the more we can take care of the people and things we love.  Something I think we all know, but sometimes can be difficult to act on and be mindful about in our work, day to day lives, relationships, and the culture we live in.

Having a tangible and visible reminder (proof!) that can keep alerting my brain about the importance of my self-care acts, choices, and values has truly made a difference in my awareness and practice.

What would your “I Care for Me” proclamation be and look like?

Growing Abundance: The Making of My Gratitude Tree

November 20, 2012

In the spirit of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, I have been working on a Gratitude Tree.  Inspired by this post, I think I’m going to incorporate this creative symbol of appreciation as part of my gratitude practice all year long.


I started to collect small branches around my neighborhood and workplace until I had a nice bundle to use for the foundation of the tree.  These branches went into a mason jar filled with sand, stones, glitter, and other fun bits.  Using some textured scrapbooking paper, I cut out leaves and punched a hole in each of them.  With embroidery thread, the leaves (also referred to as blessing tags by some!) were threaded so they could hang from the tree’s branches.  

On the paper leaves (with a little distressed ink, of course) I wrote or rubber stamped some of the simple, good stuff in my life I am so very grateful for:  health, kindness, family, growth, friends, support, love, art & creativity, and appreciation for the abundance in my life.  Little notes of thanks associated with each of these blessings are written on the back of the leaf.

I also included this quote inside the jar as a reminder about gratitude’s power:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  ~Melody Beattie

 I have so, so much to be thankful for this year. I look forward to adding to my Gratitude Tree in the upcoming year as 2013 flourishes.

What “blessing tags” would be on your Gratitude Tree?  Need some more Gratitude Tree inspiration?  Check out these Gratitude Tree Pinners on Pinterest.

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