Doodling as Mindfulness Practice provides an opportunity for participants to watch their minds, stay connected to their hearts, follow their authentic impulses, (without harmful consequences), and tap into their natural, ordinary, unique creativity.
No drawing experience is necessary. If you can make a mark or write or scribble or doodle that is perfect! The goal of the class is for people to have a safe space in which they can watch their own responses, experiment, explore, have a good time, take their time, follow impulses, and learn it is o.k. to not know.
This is a silent practice that allows participants to ‘do what they do’: draw, write, meditate, photograph, move their bodies.
The practice begins with a short 3 minute, guided meditation.
Then I offer a little explanation of what mindfulness is, I then suggest a simple drawing structure/ theme that people can follow or adapt in their own way. A doodling warm-up for 5 to10 minutes followed by 1 or 2 drawing sessions of 20 to 30 minutes. I suggest that people write down their thoughts, judgments, frustrations, discoveries – during the drawing process and there is some time at the end to journal more of their insights/reflections.
We then gather to show our work and share these reflections. People are encouraged to listen non-judgmentally and to speak from the heart. There is no cross talking/commenting on each other’s work. (and if people don’t want to share, that is fine)
A benefit of this practice is that we become aware and accept that we are all equally creative in our own way. We have a deeper appreciation for our own way of being and looking at the world.
Participants can bring their own paper and pencils, watercolors, craypas or markers or I will have non-toxic materials and paper available.
Bio: Deb Koffman is an artist, illustrator, writer and teacher. She offers a weekly class in her studio in drawing/writing as a mindfulness practice. She has written stories and cartoons about creativity, choice, being mindful and honoring all of our feelings.
She hosts an open mic on the first Tuesday of every month at her gallery in Housatonic MA, where anyone from the community can share their poems, songs and stories.
She believes through the practice of mindful awareness and artmaking we can cultivate deeper love and acceptance for all parts of ourselves and for all things.
For more information about events and her work visit debkoffman.com.