As a kid I loved to draw, but at some point in my life I decided that I was not good enough at it and so I stopped. Year after year in my process of becoming an “adult” I started forgetting the things that I love to do, and I became more and more distant trying to fit into a world guided by rules that I didn’t choose.
Some years ago I woke up before sunrise, went to the beach and without thinking I started drawing on the sand with a shell. My hand was just simply following something that my mind couldn’t see: it was a beautiful Mandala. I felt almost like it wasn’t me who was drawing, but instead it was somebody else guiding my hand. And most of all, what I remember of that day was the lovely feeling of switching off my mind and being in a deep state of flow, one of those moments when everything feels perfect exactly as it is.
Excited by all of this, I decided to complete 100 days of drawing Mandalas: it didn’t matter how busy or not willing I was, I commit myself to it.
What I learnt was amazing: the first thing is that there is no such a thing as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at something (in my case drawing). Everything that we do consistently we become good at – absolutely everything!
The second thing was that creativity is like a muscle that just need to be exercised: the more time I spent creating my mandalas, the more creative I was becoming, in many different aspects of my life. I then started exploring different painting techniques, going to art workshops, hanging out with people who love art and learning from them. I started spending hours painting and getting into that beautiful state of flow.
The third and most important thing I learnt, was how to reconnect to who I really am: a playful, joyful, creative self. In doing what I love, I give myself permission to listen to my heart’s desires and remember what I came to this world for. Now it’s my time to give back all this love, and inspire people to remember theirs.
If you would like to explore your creativity with Patty, you can join her for her upcoming workshop on Mandalas at HYA Yoga Cronulla. Get all the details here.