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Therapeutic Art: Painting as a Mindfulness Practice

Do emotions have movement, or do specific actions indicate certain emotions?

Does action arise where words are not enough or is action a different emphasis of expressions?

What does it complete to touch, touch, and feel in the physical senses?

Sometimes, when I want to feel the beauty of the sunset more, I want to stretch my hands to the sun and the clouds or to be able to touch the sparkles on the sea. I put my hand on my heart out of impossibility; The vitality of the movement inside makes the abstract feel more concrete because I cannot touch it. But that’s not always enough.

At this point, my complementary painting is to maintain the feeling of movement that cannot be completed with another movement practice, to observe and direct the feelings. With the pictures I made to heal my feelings with the direction of the brush, it feels like it is possible to touch the paint layers with my fingers as if touching the sky and the clouds to handle the brightness of the sun in shining colors.

While painting, the feeling of movement coming from the conscious or unconscious becomes concrete with the paints on the surface with the brush, turning into a visual projection… This area of expression becomes a therapeutic experience with conscious awareness and meditation.

therapeutic art

According to the American Art Therapy Association’s () 2017 current definition:

“Art therapy through integrative methods; engages mind, body, and spirit in different ways without verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative receptive and expressive communication modes that can transcend language limitations. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and strengthens individual and social transformation.”

Painting, one of the working areas of art therapy, makes it possible to complete the movement by creating a space where conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and feelings can emerge without the need for words. Thus, when art becomes a therapeutic practice, Unhealed emotions find expression in paintings made with awareness, colors, and the movement of the brush. We create a space of understanding where we look at our relationship with our being through visuals, symbols, abstract images, and internal dialogue.

Art practice can also be used as symbolic communication with emotions and sensations. We can learn to be our guide for the needs of our souls, thanks to the painting practices aimed at emotional healing with conscious awareness.

As a mindfulness practice: Painting

Painting is a practice that has been going on for ages, starting from the cave walls, and today, we can use almost every surface as an expression area. By painting with awareness in this area, which connects movement, touching, seeing, and thinking with the state of not thinking, where there is no aesthetic concern, we can free the mind and only momentarily observe the formation of colors and patterns. By practicing painting as a conscious practice of awareness, we can bring emotions, thoughts, desires, and needs into the actual moment.

Sometimes we can see the ordinary in these paintings, notice the invisible, and sometimes we can observe whether there is a new movement or a feeling of taking action. Maybe we can meet our need to make the intangible elements of nature touchable on the surface with paints; perhaps our current market is to transform the resulting picture with new actions by cutting, tearing, and adding different materials. When we observe these moments of need, we can also see the conditions of our soul, like touching, feeling, changing, transforming…

creative meditation

When the meditative state arises, we observe with awareness, or the thoughts calm down are all moments of meditation… We can meditate without cross-legged or closing our eyes. Painting can offer a quiet space to pause for our mind, constructed with verbal communication. Moments arise when the reason gives up control when we make space for an experience where we paint and play with colors and shapes without aiming for results. The unity of these moments creates a meditative state. Our emotions and feelings, reflected in the creations with abstract or concrete forms in meditation, can enable us to connect with ourselves and reach our creative and productive center.

“Art reflects the repressed and unrecognized emotions of individuals, facilitates the dialogue between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche, and gives concrete form to the unconscious material,” Masters said. ( ), perhaps he underlines our ability to reach abstract areas with concrete actions and to connect with our soul and self.

Painting with awareness, discovering new ways of expression with colors, and experiencing creative meditation, a component of art applied as a therapeutic practice, are other ways to connect with ourselves. There is no external aesthetic perception, the judgment of beauty, and no desire for taste; All you need is a few paints and papers to experience the painting practice, which is liberated in a frame where the emotions coming from the inside meet the movement, the feelings are noticed, and only what is observed.