3 Types of Art for Emotional Well-Being

by Kelly Lingen

There’s no denying the strong connection that lies between art and the emotions. Just think of the countless paintings, sculptures, and other monumental works of art that have been created to pay tribute to a loved one, to forever capture a memory, or to express something words simply couldn’t. Art is, in fact, an excellent way to express feelings, to release emotions, and even more – to promote wellness in the mental and emotional bodies. When you’re healthy and balanced mentally and emotionally, every aspect of your life automatically improves.  If you’re wondering how you can incorporate art into your life to feel happier, reduce stress, balance your moods, and be an overall more positive person, read on. It’s a lot easier than you might think. And don’t worry – you don’t have to be Picasso to do it.

Mindful Doodling
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Mindful doodling is kind of like doodling while in a meditative state. Have you ever heard of Zen Doodle® or Zen Tangle®? Those are trademarked terms for mindful doodling that are becoming fairly common and trendy these days. For doodling, all you need are a few pens and some paper. Fine point art pens are usually recommended for mindful doodling, but my favorite choice is a nice, smooth gel pen. Gel pens work well on any paper, they come in a variety of colors, and they’re budget-friendly, too! For paper, I recommend buying a pack of plain, unlined index cards or you can try folding sheets of paper and gently tearing them in half or quarters. In my experience, the smaller the canvas, the better the final piece. With pen and paper in front of you, start by making a “squiggle” design. Next, make small patterns inside each section of the squiggle. See where your patterns and designs take you. For pattern ideas, pick up a book on artistic doodling. You can find all sorts of them at your local arts & crafts store or online, too.

Painting

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If you’re new to painting for fun and relaxation, don’t let the thought of a blank canvas intimidate you. Instead, let the endless possibilities excite you! If you already have some experience painting, choose what type of paint you’d like to use, gather your materials, dust off your palette, and immerse yourself in your art. New to the world of paint? There are 3 different types to choose from: acrylic, oil, and watercolor. With any of them, you’ll need the appropriate brushes for the type of paint you’ll be using, an assortment of paint colors, a canvas (canvas, canvas board, or paper), an easel (optional), a cup of water for dirty brushes, a palette, and any other accessories you may wish to use. If you’re feeling brave, experiment. There’s no right or wrong way to do this because you are doing this for you. If, however, you would like some guidance, consider signing up for a few art classes to get you started, or take a look at a couple of books or videos to get some pointers.

Coloring
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Last but not least is coloring. Coloring? Yes! Coloring! Coloring has long been under-rated and it is finally making a comeback. You can’t walk through a bookstore these days without seeing a display table stocked to the hilt with coloring books geared strictly towards adults. These coloring books don’t feature your children’s favorite cartoon characters or toys – instead you’ll find detailed mandalas, enchanting gardens, whimsical designs, and so much more filling up the pages of these marvelous coloring books designed just for you! So pick up some fine point markers, high-quality colored pencils (my personal favorite), or old-fashioned crayons and a coloring book that appeals to you. You can color anywhere at anytime, and it takes absolutely no skill…well…it helps if you can try and stay inside the lines (but hey – nobody will fault you if you don’t!). Tip: If you have difficulty finding “me time” because you’ve got a little tribe you’re looking after, this is a great artistic hobby to pick up. When you need a little down time, suggest that everyone get out their coloring books and you can all color together.

Taking time out to reflect on your emotions and feelings is a very healthy practice. Since it’s also good to have an outlet, art is the perfect way to put two and two together. Expressing your emotions with color and technique, releasing them onto some sort of canvas – it’s a really beautiful thing. So why not give one or all of these artistic hobbies a try? With a few materials to start and some time set aside just for you, you may find that a bit of creativity and color was just what the doctor ordered.

Copyright © Kelly Lingen

 

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Card of the Week – October 20, 2014

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From The Watchful Eye Oracle by Kelly Lingen

Wish – 34

When you draw the Wish card from the deck, everything you need to know about its message you’ll find right before your very eyes. Make a wish and believe in it. This is what you really want and you have to make that clear to the Universe. While it would be really cool if we could wish crazy, impossible things to life – that just isn’t going to happen. So when you make your wish, make it one you really can believe in. Now ready, set, wish!

Reversed: This card has no reversal.

 

Copyright © 2014  Kelly Lingen

Card of the Day – October 2, 2014

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Winds of Change – 21

You’ve noticed a change in the air and you’re not sure what to make of it. Is it just a light breeze, or is there a storm coming? When the winds start to change direction, it’s not unusual for panic to set in. It’s important to remember, though, that not all change is bad. Before you get all bent out of shape about the way the wind is blowing, take a closer look at the forecast. If change is approaching, there’s a good change you’ve had some warning. And if you haven’t – you’ll deal with it when the time comes. Change often takes place when it’s needed most, even if we don’t see it that way at first. Relationships, jobs, moves, births, deaths…these are all types of change and you’ll most likely encounter one or more of them at some time or another in your lifetime. You’ve chosen this card because the Winds of Change are headed in your direction or have possibly already struck. If that’s the case, focus on the positive aspects of this new chapter in your life. Perhaps you’ve already welcomed change with open arms – or maybe you’ve yet to accept that which is unfamiliar. Either way, recognize that it’s a necessary part of life. Without it we cannot grow.

There is no reversal for this card. 

Correspondences:

Color: Blue, White

Crystal: Angelite, Labradorite, Clear Quartz

Essential Oil: Rosewood

Card of the Day – May 28, 2014

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Intuition – 23

The psychic abilities that you’ve harbored within you since birth are being awakened or developed – whether you realize it at the conscious level or not. Whenever you experience a “gut feeling” or you get a “vibe” – pay attention. This is your Intuition speaking to you. The tricks to developing accuracy when it comes to Intuition are listening closely to your senses and interpreting that information without judgment or jumping to premature conclusions. Encourage the development of your psychic abilities by working with oracle cards, utilizing crystals at the Third Eye Chakra, or practicing visualizing techniques that help exercise your Intuition.

Sometimes the Intuition card may appear because there’s something blocking your Third Eye. Perhaps you’re not following your gut instincts, or even worse – you’re ignoring them entirely. When this occurs, your judgment often becomes impaired and it’s all too easy to give in to pressure, make poor decisions, or find yourself caught up in risky or even dangerous situations. Hindered Intuition can also cause you to simply read into things too much. If this is happening to you, you’re probably overanalyzing everything and everyone around you. If you have an intuitive block that’s causing either one or both of these scenarios, it’s time to remove it for good. Visualize Universal white light entering in through the Crown Chakra and flowing down into the Third Eye, cleansing it of all impurities. You may also try clearing your Third Eye by lying down somewhere comfortable and placing a small crystal on that Chakra center for several minutes. Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Halite, or a clear Quartz crystal work beautifully for this simple exercise.

Card of the Day – May 20, 2014

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Communication – 2

Communication is an important part of any relationship or transaction – personal, business, or otherwise – and when it becomes blocked or misconstrued, things can really go awry. The Communication card appears when you get involved in a situation that calls for stellar communication skills. If you want to be an effective communicator, speak clearly and honestly to the person (or persons) you’re conflicting with and don’t forget to listen, too. Listening is a big part of communication and unfortunately, it’s the part that’s most often forgotten about. While speaking, be mindful of the tone of your voice, keep a cool head, and don’t let your emotions take control. If you keep the lines of communication open and flowing in both directions, you’ll gain a better understanding of where the other is coming from – and you’ll be able to speak your truth, too. Remember to apply this manner of communication to all relationships: romantic partners, family members, friends, co-workers, clients, and even strangers. Effective communication is the key to peaceful co-existence. Not only does it resolve problems – it prevents them from occurring in the first place.

Copyright © 2014 Kelly Lingen Small

Card of the Day – May 19, 2014

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The Multi-Tasker – 24

The Multi-Tasker appears here as an octopus, eight tentacles to help her complete as much as she can and all at once. The master multi-tasker, this guide has come to you today because like her, you are blessed with the awesome ability to multi-task like nobody’s business, too! With plenty of tasks to tend to, you manage to care for your loved ones, keep the homestead up and running, earn a living, and extend your time to extracurricular activities and events as well. You thrive on busy, whether you like or not. The Multi-Tasker wants to let you in on a little secret, though. Be careful. Too much going on at once can leave your busy octopus body sitting in a pool of ink.

Sometimes you have to set a limit when it comes to how many responsibilities you’re going to handle at once. When you take on too much, it’s only a matter of time before you become stressed, resentful, and just plain burnt-out. If you can’t or don’t want to do something, politely say “no” and don’t feel guilty about it. Do the things you need to do, but drop extra weight that you just don’t need. You’ll find that by doing so, you’ll feel lighter, happier, and healthier because you’ll have some time leftover to devote to you!

Copyright © 2014 Kelly Lingen Small

Card of the Day – May 15, 2014

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The Peacekeeper – 39

The kind and gentle face of The Peacekeeper mirrors the peacekeeper that lives inside of you. Either it’s always been in your nature to act as a peacekeeper, or you’ve recently assumed this challenging new role out of necessity – to keep the peace among the people you coexist with. Do the best you can to encourage peaceful attitudes and to maintain the stance that you do – good for you for not engaging in destructive or negative tug-of-war struggles with others. At the same time, understand that situations involving conflicting sides can’t always be simmered down. You can make suggestions and point out ways to compromise, but if neither party budges or if you just plain feel like you’re caught in the middle – tell yourself it’s time to walk away.

The Peacekeeper card also encourages you to let go of old grudges and consider making amends. If you’re at odds with someone that you care about, consider letting bygones be bygones. The Peacekeeper understands that while you might be able to forgive someone, it might not be so easy to forget. That’s okay. Making amends doesn’t mean that things have to go back to the way they were. Sometimes they can’t or it’s not healthy for that to happen. The Peacekeeper asks you, though, to forgive, let go, and move on.

Copyright © 2014 Kelly Lingen Small

Card of the Day – May 14, 2014

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Mother Nature – 18

When Mother Nature appears, the Universe is nudging you in the direction of the great outdoors. You haven’t been spending enough time with Mother Nature lately, and to do so would do you a whole lot of good. In the chaos of life you’ve probably been pretty busy. Hey, Mother Nature understands that whole juggling act – she’s got plenty of responsibilities herself! She wants you to know, however, that some time spent basking in her splendor is something you would benefit from on every level right now. Set aside some time each day if you can, or a few days a week if that’s all you can do, to be outdoors. Go on a nature hike, meditate beneath a tree, plant a garden, or just get some exercise! Take a break from your busy schedule and escape into the loving arms of Mother Nature.

Copyright © 2014 Kelly Lingen Small

Card of the Day – May 13, 2014

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Past Lives – 6

The Past Lives card usually appears when unfinished business or an unresolved issue from a past life follows you into the next, causing flash memories or moments of déjà vu that you can’t quite explain away. Do you ever feel like you’ve been here before? Do you have memories that don’t come from this lifetime? Do you ever wonder why you have the interests you do, where your fears come from, or why you’re always facing certain challenges? It’s not uncommon for past life experiences to bleed into your present life, and some of what you might be experiencing might be directly related to another time, another place – but to your present soul.

Perhaps it’s time to do some exploring…

Copyright © 2014 Kelly Lingen Small

Card of the Day – May 12, 2014

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Prosperity – 36

Upright: Prosperity is in your sights and any worries you’ve been having about finances are about to be put to rest for the time being. Money will soon be streaming in more steadily, and you’ll have fewer unexpected expenses to deal with. The Prosperity Guides advise you, though, to prevent this flow of abundance from going to your head. With finances on the mend now, it’s a good time to set something aside for tomorrow. Enjoy this gift of abundance, but do so responsibly.

Reversed: Your finances have been in turmoil for quite some time now, every day leaving you wondering what you’re going to do when tomorrow comes. When Prosperity comes up reversed, a call for action is in order. You can start by looking for ways to cut back on spending. Even if you think you’ve already done this, think again. Create a new budget and stick to it. Consider looking for a new job, tack on a side job, or check into local resources for low-income families. Last but not least, ask the Universe for what you need. Be specific, put your intention into your request, and have faith. Things will turn around.

Affirmation: I am worthy of abundance and prosperity. The Universe (God) will always provide.

Copyright © 2014 Kelly Lingen Small