Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Thinking: An artist's best friend

It was a hard day yesterday.  I fell over on Saturday night and was still quite sore and I woke up with a very nasty case of vertigo.  I spent the day resting up in bed.  I felt quite frustrated and started thinking of all the things I had to get done and then I received  a beautiful Newsletter in my e-mail yesterday from Lyric Kinard. 

It changed my whole perspective of the day.  I  changed my thought pattern and made the best of a beautiful restful day. I couldn't get up and quilt but I was able to work on paper work, my web page and on my portfolio.  Plans can change and that is O.K.

So much happened that I wasn't anticipating and it was a great day. 

This is what she sent me.........

Think About It
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love;
Born out of concern for all beings
Siddhartha Gautama, Buddah

I'm thinking about thinking this morning.

I am thinking about how our thoughts create our world view and our actions and how they create the people we are. We can choose to see an unexpected occurrence in our artistic process as a failure or design opportunity. If we have a constant stream of negative self-criticism running through our mind we are unhappy and artistically inhibited. Can we change those thoughts? My answer is a resounding "YES!"

If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, consciously give yourself new words to frame what has happened. Instead of thinking, "I'm horrible at this" think, "I need more time to master this skill." Then go one step further and truly analyze what might have gone wrong and what direction you might need to go next. Figure out a way to use every experience as part of a learning and, most importantly, a GROWING process. The growing, the becoming who you desire to be, is a result of the actions that begin with your thoughts. (How's that for a lovely circle of logic?)

Can you consciously change your thoughts?
Then what will you do?

Lyric Kinard, Artist, Author, and educator, can be found at www.LyricKinard.com
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