I am finding chaos a trigger to inner peace. #journalexercise

At times, life can feel chaotic.  Both within and without and especially in moments on transition, when to-do lists double up and there are never enough hours in the day.  When you sense stress in colleagues as they anticipate change.  Your nerves are highly sensitive to triggers and the panic demon sits in the very back of your mind, in the dark, on high alert, ready to pounce.

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Yet…

-maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s surviving the big stuff, maybe it’s because of all the self-work I’ve done or simply a paradigm shift-

I am finding chaos a trigger to inner peace.

When I feel that darkness wanting to invade, I remind myself to let go.  No questions.  No fix-its.  No racing mind and trying to solve problems.  Just allow the chaos.

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. – Desiderata

WRITE ABOUT CHAOS IN YOUR JOURNAL.  

Take a deep breath.  Close your eyes and pause.  Then take ten minutes to sit in silence and write. Take some precious time to just stop.  What is it we can do less of?  More of?  What is it we can let go of?  What is it we can get done now?  Or hold off till later?  Not do at all?

Maybe the chaos is a sign to LISTEN, to STOP, to TAKE NOTE, to celebrate that you are TAKING RISKS, and MOVING FORWARD.

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We long for solid predictable ground, but how can we revel and enjoy the comfort of moss and roots under our feet if we don’t at times feel the quicksand?

The purpose of the design is to unsettle the bee… – Annie Dillard

One of my favorite drawings by my father was created June 2012 as he struggled with chaotic thoughts:

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Dad always said, “Keep drawing. Never give up.” His most peaceful times were at his desk drawing.

And don’t forget to laugh!!!

Part 22 daily journal workshop. EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE #arttherapy

Extraordinary circumstance.  What does that mean to you?

For me, major life-changing markers come to mind.  Events you have to survive in order to move forward.  Painful events.  Positive chapter changes as well.

Write or draw to celebrate how you have come through these life events.  How you have grown.  Think about it.  Then stop thinking and just do an entry.

In reality every day is an extraordinary circumstance!

Changing your life and becoming extraordinary by digging deeper:

Newly discovered extraordinary woman:

Vivian Maier

I am honored to share my journal with today’s guest speakers:

Youth artist Jason J.

Artist, KP

Daily Journal Workshop:

Part 1 JUST WRITE

Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS

Part 3 HEART

Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE

Part 5 NAKED SCREAM

Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND

Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S

Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN

Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT

Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT

Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING

Part 12 DEAR WORLD. SECRETS

Part 13 NEGATIVE – POSITIVE

Part 14 BE THE MAP

Part 15 GUEST SPEAKER

Part 16 COMICS!

Part 17 ALTER

Part 18 SURVIVOR

Part 19 CANCER

Part 20 WORTH

Part 21 SELF-HARM