When you ask people what they want, most people say they want to be happy. But what does that mean? The true definition of happiness is feeling like your life has meaning. You make meaning happen by creating meaning making.
In doing this you have the freedom to create, with intention, what you want your life to look like, moment by moment - and it's the choices made moment by moment that make up your days, and it's a string of todays that create your whole life.
The mission of this course is for you to learn to notice and question your habitual thinking - this is the first step to intentionally creating your life. None of us can "control" the thoughts that pop into our minds, but you CAN choose how to respond to them - you have to flip the switch of your consciousness from auto pilot mode to present and awake. Creative thinking is the ability to think in new and exciting ways - both of these skills = less stress, more fun!
Art is an alternative way to meditate, it's is a stress reliever, a fun way to “exercise” your whole brain, and reconnect you to your own source of inner power: your unlimited creativity.
In this class you will learn science based mindfulness basics and practices you can do anywhere, and apply those concepts to simple creative exercises anyone can do – even if you don’t consider yourself “artistic”.
Yes you are! Because creativity means asking questions of your own thinking, having the courage to follow your own curiosity, and being unafraid to take risks, which lead to discovery. Creativity means that you are a creator, and your masterpiece, ultimately, is your life.
Creativity and Mindfulness are truly your superpowers.
Most people think that creative people are born that way, that it’s a “gift” and that creativity is a “right-brained” activity. Creative and mindful are ways of living and being in the world, and both are skills you can develop. Creative exercise strengthens both hemispheres of your brain (that's right - it's not a right brained only thing) and creates new wiring (hooray for neuroplasticity!). It literally develops your ability to think fresh "outside the box" ideas, and mindfulness helps you cultivate the both the ability to focus and see your ideas through, plus the ability to see things with the freshness of the moment you are in, which feeds your creative mind. It creates a powerful mind that sees possibility and opportunity everywhere.
1. Perception and awareness
2. Focus and effort
3. Discernment and Judgment
4. A new point of view – changes in perspective
5. Intuitive, authentic self-expression. Have you ever heard someone say “I wish I didn’t trust my intuition?” Neither have I!
The practice also improves Emotional Intelligence: safe risk-taking, improved confidence, clarity and insight, greater empathy, curiosity, compassion, better self-regulation and emotional management, and healthy self-expression.
Each week we will focus on a mindfulness topic and you will be given tools you can use ANYWHERE as well as a greater understanding of what's happening in your brain and body, so that you can learn to respond instead of react mindlessly to life and everything is throws at you. We will do three creative art exercises and you will be given a weekly "homework" assignment - a simple daily practice to begin to cultivate and train your brain to be mindful and creative.
WEEK 1: Turning off auto-pilot and coming to our senses - mindfulness practices and totally doable and FUN painting exercises.
WEEK 2: Embodied Presence - Coming home to our bodies - building on the practice from last week, we add more mindfulness milestones to achieve, and of course more fun art play!
WEEK 3: A New Perspective – Learning to see differently - Now you are really getting the hang of it and we start leveling up our mindfulness skills and we dive into some surprisingly fun drawing practices.
WEEK 4: Bringing Awareness to Life - now you are at the top! In this final class you will have establishes some NEW habits of mindfulness that you can apply to all of your life - and of course more fun painting to let loose your stress.
Anyone who wants to be calmer, happier, and create more joy in their life through the power of mindfulness. Anyone who wants to strengthen their right + left brain hemispheres (art isn’t just right-brained). Anyone who is dealing with stress in their life and would like to discover a healthy stress relieving outlet. Anyone who wants to learn to tune in more to their intuition and be a more dynamic and creative thinker – for all of life. Anyone who wants to take back control of their life - you may not be able to control what other people do, but you can control what you do about it! For anyone who says they want to be happy - these are the keys to that hidden door within you.
By the time we are 10 years old, we begin judging our art, and it is around this time that instead of learning the skills to improve our art to meet up to our new "standards", we stop making art and label ourselves “not creative.” Or perhaps you suffered from what I call a creative wound - someone made fun of your art, or voice, or acting. But the truth is that everything you do in life is an act of creativity – you create your life with the choices you make and actions you take. What kind of life would you create if you discovered that the greatest masterpiece is you?
There is an opening that happens within you with creative practice. A big part of this practice is that art making is meaningful and healing to the person making the art. It is a deeply personal and experiential process. It takes a lot of courage to show up and allow yourself to be vulnerable, and to allow another part of your brain (the subconscious) to express itself in a way for you to tangibly see. For this reason, I say painting is dreaming with a paintbrush. It requires you to trust your intuitive guidance, suspend your judgment and allow yourself to step into curiosity and be led by it. (plus it’s fun, and your own journal is safe and private place to explore).
You will find that through self-reflection your thinking and perspective will change, and by sharing and listening to the experiences of others, you will discover how very similar our fears and vulnerabilities really are. In this way compassion and empathy are cultivated as you hear and discover that while our struggles are all different, the way we feel is similar.
You will be given access to a private Facebook Group to ask questions, and to share your own artwork and journey.
Access to Videos and downloadable PDF’s of weekly content, weekly awareness practices,a Facebook Group, & recommended reading, free online resources and access to ask Cheryl any questions that may arise.
Hello there! I'm Cheryl. I'm a passionate joy-seeker, Creative Entrepreneur, live event painter and teacher.
I LOVE life, because I know what it's like to NOT love life so much. My life's passion is sharing the magic and joy of creativity and the gifts of mindfulness with people like you. I know that if I can take my life from darkness, depression and anxiety to a space of light, love and utter happiness that anyone can! Here's what I believe and what I teach:
Art making Heals and Reveals.
Art making is stepping into a mysterious, energetic space to receive and dance with the Creative Universal Intelligence.
Mindfulness teaches you how to stay present, to stay in the day you're in, to stay in the moment you're in, so that you can CHOOSE to respond instead of react to life, and to be aware of your constant self-talk so that you can direct your thoughts with intention and renew your mind habits to be empowering ones.
Every single person is born with a Divine Spark in them, and creativity is the way to get in touch with it and express it.
Life is meant to be lived to the fullest expression of who you are and you are so very amazing and perfect!
When I am not teaching, I am hanging out with my family, hiking outdoors with my fur-baby lab, Nama, laughing about something with friends, studying (because I'm nerdy like that), making art, or maybe out dancing. I like to burst into song lyrics as answers to questions, I am freakishly punctual, I am a compulsive book sniffer, I think all people are miraculous geniuses and I love to ask questions and listen. I genuinely love people, and I totally hate cheese.