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What Does Contentment Mean For You?

Contentment

I’ve been contemplating the idea of ‘contentment’ a lot these days as I’m putting together my online class called The Art Of Contentment.

As Joshua Becker writes in his book The More Of Less, learning to feel content is a lifelong process and it doesn’t come naturally but it’s well worth trying.

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I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.
— Henry Fielding
The Butterfly Effect - acrylic on paper

The Butterfly Effect - acrylic on paper

Definition of Contentment:

According to the Urban Dictionary ‘contentment’ means:

Resting in who you are, who you have, and what you have.

To have contentment is to be comfortable with the world.




Thinking of the definition of contentment above, isn’t that what we all want? To feel comfortable with the world? I say yes!

One of the ways I get to feel ‘comfortable with the world’ is to paint, as well as having a foundation built upon my faith and gratitude. From a creative point of view, I particularly like painting portraits because I find various stresses and strains of my life seem to ebb away and I’m left in this delicious place of creativity, self expression and well, contentment; unless the painting is going badly wrong. ;)

There are so many ways to create a portrait and depending upon my mood I may create a soulful portrait, an expressive portrait or a portrait with a lot of attention to detail. It varies… For when I’m feeling super overwhelmed, you can’t beat some dark and smoky charcoal to melt away your worries.

Classic Beauty - acrylic on paper

Classic Beauty - acrylic on paper

If I feel less muddled, I might want to get a little more detailed and pencil works well with this.

If I’m feeling upset (or happy), collage works. There’s something so freeing about the gathering of juicy supplies, some journal writing and a lot of items to adhere to my substrate that clear my head, heart and mind (see below).

Gently - mixed media collage

Gently - mixed media collage

Mark making (see the background of the painting below) also helps with feelings of stress and overwhelm. There’s something about making small identical marks and many of them, that feels very cathartic and relaxing; meditative in fact.

Beauty and Fortitude - acrylic on paper

Beauty and Fortitude - acrylic on paper

So, I hope I’ve given you some ways to bring a little contentment into your life. Painting really does help your soul to breathe in the midst of chaos. There’s something about painting that enables your conscious brain to ‘wait in the wings’ leaving your subconscious permission to flow and then in that timeframe a shift occurs. Try it and let me know in the comments below how you got on and your thoughts on finding contentment in a busy world.

Take care and here’s to ‘contentment’ and The Art Of Contentment.

Jane x


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PS. if you are interested in my new class, the early bird offer of £95 will only last until 5th December 2018 and then the price will increase to £150. Class available throughout 2019 and beyond. All videos will be downloadable.

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Art heals

art heals

Making art heals you on so many levels...

We're not meant to keep our thoughts, dreams, fears, frustrations, anger and angst deep inside - no, we're all creative beings and honestly, releasing this stuff heals you time and time again.

And no, it doesn't have to be 'art', it can be dance, music, writing - just something that gets you out of your head and into your heart...  The great news is, that the more you do this, the more you benefit and therefore those around you do too.  The other great piece to this, is that the 'outcome' is NOT what it's about (unless selling your artwork) - no, it goes far, far deeper than that.

Unfurling [art heals]When I used to suffer from depression, I sometimes kept things bottled up - scared to let go, I think... Of course, this just made the depression worse and something has to give in the end.  However, I found that when started to feel better and tentatively put brush/pen to paper once again, that if I was kind to myself, put aside the pesky inner critic and let go of perfection - that magic took place.  It was like I was filtering through all the dross of life and working 'life' out on a subconscious level so that after creating, I felt calmer, lighter, more content and less frustrated.

Now I know for a fact that making art heals and if this post stirs your heart, I encourage you to reflect upon Picasso's quote above: 'Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.'   So friends, it's time to get out our journals and answer this: 'How might you make room for your inner light, truth and beauty?'  How will you reveal your true-self?

Jane xo

 

 

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