Creating Calm In The Middle Of Chaos

you can ride it

Don’t you hate it when you can’t turn off the  internal chatter in your head?

Yesterday was one of those days. From the moment I woke up I was muddled. My  mind was in chaos. I have been busy redoing my website and thinking “it is not quite right, I don’t know what to do.” This  chatter got so loud I was not able to really focus on the conversations I was having at a networking event.

It’s only natural that we worry about stuff, our kids, loved ones, careers, finances, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. However, when these chaotic voices, distracting thoughts, become too loud that we find it difficult to concentrate, we need to let them go. Obviously it would be best if we can sit down and deal with our concerns. Call the teacher, go the bank or talk to your boss about some time off. But if there is no apparent solution in the present moment, it is important you have coping strategies to get you through the day.

 

When it comes to creating calm in the middle of my chaotic mind loop  I use these  tools.

  1. Let go, let God letter. Just start writing, spilling out all the worries and concerns to God. Don’t edit or judge. Just write. Then ask Spirit for guidance. Please show me what it is I need to know about this situation. Then let it go.
  2. Scribble and doodle. Get a box of crayons. Pick out two colors that express what you are feeling. Put the first one in your non-dominate hand and scribble. Then pick up the second crayon and scribble again. Then color and doodle. When it feels complete, title and date it. Research has shown that 20 minutes involved in a creative activity  will lower your blood pressure and your body will release pleasure filled endorphins.
  3. Just Breathe. Sit quietly and focus on your breath.Imagine with each inhale you feel peace and calm. Every exhale you release stress and chaos. 

If I am dealing with a specific  problem I will:

  1. Draw a mandala  Mandala means sacred circle in Sanskrit. It is one small circle inside a larger one.  Define the problem in the center then  draw or  write  everything you know on the subject in the outside circle.
  2. Relax and take a break. Do something mindless such as taking a walk, doing the laundry, watch tv, or take a nap.
  3. Call other people. Sometimes sharing a” brain dump” breaks the endless chatter.

 

 let go

Do you use a specific technique to turn off the chaotic chatter running around in your head? Tell us about your favorite method and how effective it is at “letting thoughts go”.

 

 

Stessed out? Calm, Coloring and Mandalas

There are many ways to reduce stress, including meditation, exercise and diet. Now, extensive scientific research also shows that the use of coloring mandalas inspires creativity, reduces stress and brings balance.  

healing flower

 

Mandala, or sacred circles in Sanskrit, represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. The circle can be found in nature: the sun, moon, rings on a tree trunk, birds nest and blossoming flowers. It is found in the iris of the eye and every cell of the body.

In Eastern religious practices worldwide, mandalas have been used as meditative tools. They are used as part of healing and trans formative art in Native American sand painting, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist rituals. They became part of modern psychotherapy when, Carl Jung used them with himself and his patients, who would use them to record dreams and work through their pain and anger issues. Many psychologists, therapists, and cancer centers today, use mandalas with patients as a healing modality.                

Coloring mandalas is a fun way to relax, take a break and get us out of the inner dialogue that we carry on. Research has shown that we have approximately, 60,000 thoughts a day and 75% of them are negative. To do your own test, set the timer for 10 minutes and just write whatever thoughts comes into your head. How much was negative?

Mandala coloring is very simple and straight forward. It has been documented that when you engage in right brain activities like coloring or painting, blood pressure drops and endorphins are released. Through this “no thought” process you can suspend inner dialogue and be in the stillness. This place of stillness allows you to recharge your batteries, to connect with your intuition, to learn about yourself and what you want. healing mandala

Coloring mandalas is affordable and portable. You can create your own mandala or there are mandala coloring books available.http://www.amazon.com/The-Mandala-Coloring-Book-Creativity/dp/1440569983.  I suggest that you get a box of crayons or colored pencils and bring your mandala coloring book wherever you go, especially places that you consider stressful:  waiting at the doctor’s office, traveling or at work. It will give you peace of mind, help you see things more clearly and enhance your overall wellness.

Rae Luskin is an artist, speaker, community activist and the author of Art From My Heart, a self discovery journal. A leader in nurturing self –worth, resilience, healing and social change through creative expression, she is known as the “Healed Heart Expert.” To find more go to www.raeluskin.net.

Look for her new book coming soon Stuck to Unstoppable: Unleash your Passion, Purpose and Possibilities

 tags: art for healing, expressive arts, mandala,  soul drawing,reduce stress, creativity, calm and balance