Thursday, September 27, 2007

Living With Intention

This morning when I got up and immediately turned on CNN to see what was happening in the world I thought I need to come up with a new morning ritual. So after turning off the TV I decided to meditate instead. I don't do a real formal meditation. Sometimes I just sit, sometimes I will focus on breathing, listen to a CD, sometimes I write. Today I decided to just light a candle, some incense and breathe and if any ideas came to me that I would just jot them down.

Today's ideas were all about setting an intention for the day like they did in the What the Bleep movie. So I am intending a few things today rather than letting the day take a hold and go wherever it wants to. The idea is so freeing, just how do you want your day to go today. Try thinking of that in the morning and set some intentions and see how it goes.


Art for today. I worked on these journal pages yesterday. I think the gratitude one needs a little work yet. I found it hard to write over the oil pastel. The only thing that worked was a Fiber Casteel Pitt Brush pen.

I had one background page I did that I hated the color so I just lobbed more paint on the page and really liked the results. This time I was just using cheap acrylic craft paint. I keep forgetting that I can use that too. I think the brand was DecoArt. Then I stamped an image over the paper using Adirondack ink pads in Denim and Eggplant and a Brilliance ink pad in Moonlight White. I found doing the stamping over in other colors really gave the piece some depth. I wish I had taken before and after pictures as you would be impressed with the difference. I will try and remember that next time.

Quote for the Day: "I wake up in the morning and I consciously create my day the way I want it to happen. Now sometimes, because my mind is examining all the things that I need to get done, it takes me a little bit to settle down and get to the point of where I'm actually intentionally creating my day. But here's the thing: When I create my day and out of nowhere little things happen that are so unexplainable, I know that they are the process or the result of my creation. And the more I do that, the more I build a neural net in my brain that I accept that that's possible. (This) gives me the power and the incentive to do it the next day." - Dr. Joe Dispenza (from What the Bleep Movie)


KaiBlueCreations said...

i love the colours in your journal, the page about Linda.. and the idea of morning rituals, it really does set the tone of the day..

PEace, Kai

Janet said...

You just keep coming up with these great ideas! I need to start my day like this. I usually find that by afternoon my day has just unfolded without any real direction and I've lost all that time.

Love your journal pages! I like that background with all the stamps. I've got to get busy on mine!

tinker said...

Your journal pages look very cool, Kate. Sometimes I write first then wash color around (I like caran d'ache, because it has that feel of oil pastels when you're putting it on, but then you can wash it with a wet brush for a watercolor look, too). Course I have to remember to use a waterproof pen - and a couple of pages have gotten ruined that way when I've just picked up any old pen to write with, then forgot and did this, lol.
Oh well, it's all a process...

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

I love gratitude as well. To be grateful for gratitude.
What a concept!

Gemma said...

Beautiful way to start the day. Following my breathe with affirmation words on inhale and exhale is a nice meditation for me.
I will make you a page for your book,but I'm so behind in some projects...soon hopefully

Olivia said...

Love your art journal, Kate. This is a very inspirational post :)

Cre8Tiva said...

what a wonderful with intention...i try to be present every day...have a good weekend...blessings, rebecca

LMS(oceandreamer) said...

Loving your journal pages Kate and what a great way to begin your day. I am loving working in my journal after years not doing one. I just don't want to stop. I love the page you did about your friend Linda.
I, too, will make a page for you but I am SO BEHIND on things it's crazy. I should be working on those BUT I did get the Mermaid done. woohoo!! Next are all those birthdays I've missed!!