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“Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism.” ~ Kristin Neff In the first part of this series on self-compassion and process painting, we explored how staying present and compassionate toward ourselves can free us to more fully [...]
When we are able to soothe ourselves -- to take a risk and continue painting anyway -- we can experience great relief from the confines of fear and perfectionism. In the first post in this series on self-compassion, we looked at how practicing self-compassion can help us expand our creative potential. There, I introduced the [...]
Wherever you are is the entry point. ~ KabirWho does not feel the tingle of excitement at the prospect of painting? Paint is sensuous. Its rich vibrant colors and its yielding smoothness make you want to taste the delicious enjoyment of applying it to paper. To stand before the white void with a rich spectrum [...]
Staying present and compassionate toward ourselves frees us to express our unique creative wisdom. So why this topic -- self-compassion? And what does it have to do with painting for process? Well, let me ask you, when you are painting, or expressing yourself creatively in other ways -- singing, dancing, writing, drawing, and so [...]
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