Anticipation: revisiting a journal exercise

Standing on the edge of the unknown, we anticipate.  We over-think.  And create anxiety that has no place to land.

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. – Alfred Hitchcock

I created this journal exercise about 5 years ago to meditate on:

  • releasing the anxiety around the unknown when I anticipate,
  • to make me stay in the now and
  • to remind myself I am loved and supported.

JOURNAL EXERCISE:

WRITE FREELY ON ANTICIPATION FOR 10 MINUTES:

There is no right or wrong.  Just write.  Whatever comes to mind.

USING DRY PASTEL, COLOUR EACH LINE

Rub it down.

Spray it with hairspray.

NOW CUT THE STRIPS

WEAVE THE STRIPS TOGETHER

We anticipate events.  As we process them, whether we do it well or badly, elegantly or clumsily, the experiences weave a tapestry that colours our personality.  Our life is a strong, beautiful un-anticipated, splendidly imperfect design.

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Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and… stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to ‘walk about’ into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want? – Wassily Kandinsky

 

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