Mindfulness means the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present, and non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat – Zinn 1990)
Surely drawing is a perfect way to stay present in the moment … or is it. Not if the inner critic has anything to do with it. It tells us “I can’t draw”. It Judges our drawing to be “not good enough”. It tells us not to bother. But the inner critic is just another form of thinking, and as Ruby Wax tells us “Thoughts aren’t fact, so don’t take them seriously”.
I aim to explore some simple drawing practices, for example drawing with my eyes closed which is designed to help me let go of my inner critic, and helps me cope with my anxiety.