This week’s prompt ask the question, How well are you communicating with those you come into contact on a regular basis? Do you feel that you are clearly stating your feelings? Are you listening to what others are trying to communicate to you? How do you come to a balance so that you own needs are being met, that you are listened to with respect, and you are also listening to others in the same way?
Read the section below about using a direct approach to communicating. How do you feel about this idea? Are you already using a direct approach or do you have a tendency to just hint at what you want or need?
The following is from the book, The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie, I paraphrased some of the sentences.
“Part of owing our own power is learning to communicate clearly, directly, and assertively. We don’t have to beat around the bush in our conversations to control the reactions of others. Guilt producing comments only produce guilt. We can be heard and accepted and listen to others respectfully.”
“Hinting at what we need doesn’t work. Others can’t read our mind. The best way to take responsibility for what we want is to ask for it directly. If we need to say no to a request, we can. If someone is trying to control us through conversation, we can refuse to participate.”
“We can ask for information and use words to forge a closer connection, but we don’t have to take people around the block with our conversations. We don’t have to listen to, or participate in, nonsense.”
I am reading the language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. She writes, ” Boundaries emerge from deep within. They are connected to letting go of guilt and shame, and to changing our beliefs about what we deserve. As our thinking about this becomes clearer, so will our boundaries. Boundaries are also connected to a Higher Timing than our own. We’ll set a limit when we’re ready, and not a moment before. There is something magical about reaching that point of becoming ready to set a limit. We know we mean what we say; others take us seriously too. Things change,not because we’re controlling others, but because we’ve changed.”
She closes this section with a positive affirmation that reads,”Today, I will trust that I will learn, grow, and set limits I need in my life at my own pace. This timing need only be right for me.”
For this prompt respond by thinking about boundaries you may need to set, boundaries you have already set, or your feelings about the need to set boundaries.
Please respond through art journaling, digital media, photographs, drawings, poems and or writing.
The definition of pattern in artwork is a decorative design with a repetition of elements.
There are patterns to see every day in our environment. For this prompt respond by creating and or writing about patterns. If you would like to expand on this theme incorporate the theme of the quote which is breaking established patterns in your life.
Repeating designs can give a sense of rhythm or movement when they repeat, they can also create pattern and texture in an object.
I like to take photos of patterns that grab my attention for later use in my artwork.
This scroll pattern was on the inside of an antique trolley.
This is a lantern, this a good example of a patterned design creating texture.
This photo is a roof, the flowers are an example of a repeating pattern.
Table napkins are a great source for patterns. Here the repeating swirl gives the sense of movement.
This photo is of a folding screen.The use of different patterns creates interest to the piece.
Coloring books are are a good reference for patterns.
This is a trellis in a garden. The lines of the object bring your eye to the different shapes of the leaves.
I drew out these patterns as a reference to use in my journal page. I always find it helps to have a source to look at when creating. It sparks my imagination.
I also enjoy trying different art techniques to avoid getting into a monotonous pattern of creating. When I try different techniques it causes me to think about my creative process in a new way.