This month’s activity for the Expressive Arts Carnival is:
This is a two part activity. The activity is to draw or paint your breath.
Start when you know you will have quiet time to yourself without distractions. On one sheet of paper, draw or paint your breath in the moment. Then, immediately after, listen to some soothing music (if you want), close your eyes (if it is okay) and focus on your breathing. When you breathe, focus on slow breathing using your diaphragm; inhale through your nose, filling your abdomen and chest and exhale through your mouth. Try to exhale twice as long as you inhale. Do this for a couple minutes and try to relax.
When you are done with the breathing exercise, come back to the drawing and draw your breath again on the other paper.
Please also write a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you.
I admit this activity has puzzled me, right from the start. Not the creative part, but the breathing part. My breathing is something I’ve been conscious of for a long time. I’ve practised yoga for years, and even if I have fallen out of lotus position in the last year or two, my breathing is something that still benefits. Unless I’m completely wrought, or totally dissociated, then my breathing is pretty long and pretty regular. Something like this:
I know my breathing isn’t always this calm, but it’s not far off. The interesting part, for me, is the impact on what’s in my head. A couple of examples.
If I’m stressed, I know my breath is shallower, but still reasonably good. What’s in focus in my head is different, though. So, here’s something that happened one day last week. I was running late for work, feeling pressured to get on to a number of things, and I realised my chest was tighter than normal. Here’s what I saw as I drove to work:
I’m quite sure this doesn’t meet the entry requirements for the Carnival, but I couldn’t find any other way to do it this time.
Thanks to Castorgirl for allowing me to use her photo. 🙂