Art & Mindfulness: Connecting to Self

Art Journal Insights // Part 2

What is your favorite part about yourself and why? Mindfulness is about understanding oneself and being aware of personal qualities, whether they are qualities that one should positively acknowledge or qualities that can be improved upon.  Having Students reflect upon their favorite quality, introduces the idea of self-reflection through art expression.

Art Journal Entry by Alex. 

Art Journal Entry by Alex. 

            Alex created an art journal entry depicting her idea of ‘self-love’ and ‘acceptance’. Implementing various artistic processes including collage, watercolor, and free writing, Alex created a composition in response to the journal prompt. 

Her journal response included messages about ‘being aware’ and ‘being inspired by the world around you.’ These are all messages that relate to the concept of mindfulness, as well as positive self-image.

Art journal prompt by Jessie. Watercolor Pencil. 2016

Art journal prompt by Jessie. Watercolor Pencil. 2016

            Jessie responded to the prompt, acknowledging her ability to “see the good in most situations.” In her journal entry, she painted a sunflower with watercolor pencils, a symbolic representation of her self-observed positivity. In her journal she states. “Life will always be filled with trials, and ups and downs, but there is so much to be grateful for.” Jessie’s response demonstrates her ability to be optimistic and form positive relationships. It also shows her willingness to engage in self-observation, as well as create symbolic connections to her beliefs with an image of a sunflower. According to Dr. Martin Seligman, positive emotions such as joy, hope and curiosity, attribute to long-term wellbeing, which directly relates to the topic of mindfulness. (Alidina & Marshall, 2016).