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

 

Slingshot: limbo anticipation? #journal #ramblings

I’ve been mulling over the slingshot image for a few days now.

I have been recognizing a darkness and a certain kind of fatigue in the air of late.

In many in my circle.

Certainly in me.

I feel like I am being pulled backward, downwards– just when I thought I had it all figured out and knew what the plan was.

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…the clarity of what’s to come is just beyond our reach… – The Power Path

Being pulled back into revisiting so many triggers from the past.

Strangely reconnecting with so many people from way back.

Weighed down by the same old fears…

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The bills are piling up, but no money is coming in. Or maybe your baby left you, walked right out. Perhaps you’ve made an epic mistake, with disastrous and irrevocable consequences. You can barely breathe, suffocated by the unwieldy weight of your own broken heart.

You frantically scan the landscape, looking for clues or any kind of lifeline. But the vista is barren. You’re shredded into a million bewildering pieces. You’re hanging on for sweet life. Or maybe you don’t know what you’re hanging on to anymore, or if you even can.

This is survival mode. And it will be okay. – Rebelle Society

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Realizing though that all this pulling back to the past

all this imagery and memory-

is about reviewing

to be able to say

alright, that’s not serving me anymore.  Though it was HEARTFELT and AMAZING, DRAINING and DEEP- I am ready to unravel myself from it.  

To suture up.  To prepare for next launch.

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I am pulled taut.

Another life is set.

Is this limbo?  Or anticipation?

This is the time for complete surrender.

Time to shoot past the past the past… SLINGSHOT!

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Whenever I feel overwhelmed or out of balance I turn to my version of The Slingshot Principle. It’s simply a reminder that in order to fly forward, often we need to first pull back. Just like a slingshot, the real power and velocity comes from being stretched and pulled… but in a backwards motion.

It’s that backwards motion that is the hardest direction for us to go but vitally important if we are to create momentum, speed and forward progress. – Daniel Decker, The Slingshot Principle

JOURNAL SERIES Part 5: REFLECTION: ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH.

I am working on a new journal series to connect with my book 

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art.

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I am a great believer in sharing my creative process!  That is how Drawn Together was created in the first place- through journals and blogposts.

As I build the journal series, I will be sharing my notes and process here and welcome your feedback and your photos!

Your contribution is invaluable and may find its way to my book! Contact me at Email.

 JOURNAL SERIES in progress

Part 1: INSPECTION/PRESENT DAY

Part 2a: INSPECTION/HISTORY: ROOTS

Part 2b: INSPECTION/HISTORY: PHOTOS

Part 3: INSPECTION/HISTORY: JOURNEY/CONNECTION

Part 4: REFLECTION: ESTEEM HEART

TODAY:

Part 5: REFLECTION: ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH

So a major life change has occurred.  Now what?  As we reflect on this aftermath, we must acknowledge how we anticipated it.

I’d like you to write about the words:

ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH.

What do these words mean to you?

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Using dry pastel- color each line.

Rub it down.

Spray it with hairspray.

Now cut strips.

Weave them together.

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

Write about how anticipation can cause fear.  Is it self-sabotage or is it part of the process?

Draw how it feels.

 Write about what we leave behind after anticipation and process.  Then draw on that poetry.

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Tread softly because you tread on my dreams…

ANTICIPATION. #Journaling exercise PART 4: draw out the poetry. #arttherapy

I’m developing a journal exercise around anticipation.

Recall in Part 1, I encouraged you to write about the words: ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH.

In part 2, we wrote freely, deconstructed and wove the words together.

In part 3 we drew out the fear.

Today, let’s write about what we leave behind after anticipation and process.  Then draw on that poetry.

 

 

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams…

ANTICIPATION. #Journaling exercise PART 2 woven collage. #arttherapy

I’m developing a journal exercise around anticipation.  Recall in Part 1, I encouraged you to write about the words:

ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH.

In this entry write freely about ANTICIPATION:

Using dry pastel- color each line.

Rub it down.

Spray it with hairspray.

Now cut strips.

Weave them together.

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

Stay tuned for

Part 3: drawing.

Part 4: poem.

ANTICIPATION. #Journaling exercise PART 1 #arttherapy

I’m developing a journal exercise around anticipation.  I was moved to do it a. as I was struck this week by my father’s aging and b. as I was watching my students courageously tackle exercises thrown at them during a voiceover studio field trip.

For Part 1, I’d like you to write about the words:

ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH.

What do these words mean to you?  Share what you come up with in “comments.”

But if we learn to think of it as anticipation, as learning, as growing, if we think of the time we spend waiting for the big things of life as an opportunity instead of a passing of time, what wonderful horizons open out!
– Anna Neagle

See:

Part 2: collaging.

Part 3: drawing.

Part 4: poem.