“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.” ~Chinese proverb
“Try to be like a turtle — at ease in your own shell.” ~Bill Copeland
This week I am experimenting with visualizing what I want to feel in my life. I have been asking myself the same questions I ask my clients: “Courtney, what are you wanting for yourself that is important to you right now? What are you wanting to feel?” This is meant to be a broadening, not a honing question. Think wide-angle lens on a camera or a panoramic view from a mountain top. Big. Broad. Basic. A noun (not a verb).
After asking myself this question, the first word that came to me was EASE. I said it aloud, like it was a word I had just learned: “Ease, easy, ease.” I tried it on. My heart unclenched itself, my gut softened. I sighed (always a good sign). I felt my eyes water — an inner knowing. Yes, ease. I want more ease in my life.
My next step? To find an image of ease that could represent to me what I am wanting and to draw me to ease (or ease to me). In one of my collage boxes I found the image of the woman in the mixed media collage below. Absolute embodiment of ease for me. I cried when I saw her contentment, her ease-ful posture, her authenticity, her openness. No worries or strain. Yes, this is ease.
My final step? To create an art piece with this woman’s image. Here it is for you now:
Now what are YOU wanting for yourself that is important to you in your life right now? Think BIG, expansive. Don’t worry about the details of what this big, broad word means exactly if you applied it in your life. That will come soon. Find that word, find an image that represents the concept for you, and create some art. Through this art-making you will learn something more about yourself. You will start to touch what you want to feel. You may even surprise yourself with what you are wanting. Allow yourself to want, to feel, and to be present with all that opens for you in the process.