Listen to your heart to find treasure

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While the mind speaks louder and more forcefully about what to do, the heart has a gentler, wiser perspective. When making art, the mind may bombard with negative talk about the quality and usefulness of everything. Talk like “I should be doing something more important” or “This is rubbish! Stop immediately!” The mind wants to be instantly good at everything it tries and will go into survival mode to keep you ‘safe’ from the perceived pain/danger of being ‘bad.’ Listen only to this overdramatic voice and you’ll never make art again.

The heart on the other hand, knows you’re safe and no real pain will come from making something messy or ‘bad.’ It’s interested in what feels good and lights you up. It loves when you do more fun things, when you stop listening to the negative mind voice and embrace the play of making art. When you listen the calm heart, you hear how good it feels to make marks for fun. How playful you feel colouring something in and how relaxed and refreshed you feel after doing it.

Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist encourages “Listen to your heart. It knows all things… Because where your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure. Keep listening to what it has to say.” When making your art, listen to your wise heart and let the mind take a mini vacation. Its opinion is not needed.

Be carried by the current of creativity

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The first big decision involved in art making is deciding to do it. Once you’ve commit to practicing regularly, the rest will take care of itself and you’ll work it out as you go. You don’t know where it will take you or what you’ll discover along the way but none of that matters. What matters is beginning.

Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist writes “Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dread of when he first made the decision.”

Allow yourself be carried by the current and let’s see where it takes you.