When you ask people what they want, most people say they want to be happy. But what does that mean? The true definition of happiness is feeling like your life has meaning. You make meaning happen by creating meaning making.
In doing this you have the freedom to create, with intention, what you want your life to look like, moment by moment - and it's the choices made moment by moment that make up your days, and it's a string of todays that create your whole life.
The mission of this course is for you to learn to notice and question your habitual thinking - this is the first step to intentionally creating your life. None of us can "control" the thoughts that pop into our minds, but you CAN choose how to respond to them - you have to flip the switch of your consciousness from auto pilot mode to present and awake. Creative thinking is the ability to think in new and exciting ways - both of these skills = less stress, more fun!
Art is an alternative way to meditate, it's is a stress reliever, a fun way to “exercise” your whole brain, and reconnect you to your own source of inner power: your unlimited creativity.
In this class you will learn science based mindfulness basics and practices you can do anywhere, and apply those concepts to simple creative exercises anyone can do – even if you don’t consider yourself “artistic”.
Yes you are! Because creativity means asking questions of your own thinking, having the courage to follow your own curiosity, and being unafraid to take risks, which lead to discovery. Creativity means that you are a creator, and your masterpiece, ultimately, is your life.
Creativity and Mindfulness are truly your superpowers.
Most people think that creative people are born that way, that it’s a “gift” and that creativity is a “right-brained” activity. Creative and mindful are ways of living and being in the world, and both are skills you can develop. Creative exercise strengthens both hemispheres of your brain (that's right - it's not a right brained only thing) and creates new wiring (hooray for neuroplasticity!). It literally develops your ability to think fresh "outside the box" ideas, and mindfulness helps you cultivate the both the ability to focus and see your ideas through, plus the ability to see things with the freshness of the moment you are in, which feeds your creative mind. It creates a powerful mind that sees possibility and opportunity everywhere.
1. Perception and awareness
2. Focus and effort
3. Discernment and Judgment
4. A new point of view – changes in perspective
5. Intuitive, authentic self-expression. Have you ever heard someone say “I wish I didn’t trust my intuition?” Neither have I!
The practice also improves Emotional Intelligence: safe risk-taking, improved confidence, clarity and insight, greater empathy, curiosity, compassion, better self-regulation and emotional management, and healthy self-expression.
Each week we will focus on a mindfulness topic and you will be given tools you can use ANYWHERE as well as a greater understanding of what's happening in your brain and body, so that you can learn to respond instead of react mindlessly to life and everything is throws at you. We will do three creative art exercises and you will be given a weekly "homework" assignment - a simple daily practice to begin to cultivate and train your brain to be mindful and creative.
WEEK 1: Turning off auto-pilot and coming to our senses - mindfulness practices and totally doable and FUN painting exercises.
WEEK 2: Embodied Presence - Coming home to our bodies - building on the practice from last week, we add more mindfulness milestones to achieve, and of course more fun art play!
WEEK 3: A New Perspective – Learning to see differently - Now you are really getting the hang of it and we start leveling up our mindfulness skills and we dive into some surprisingly fun drawing practices.
WEEK 4: Bringing Awareness to Life - now you are at the top! In this final class you will have establishes some NEW habits of mindfulness that you can apply to all of your life - and of course more fun painting to let loose your stress.
Anyone who wants to be calmer, happier, and create more joy in their life through the power of mindfulness. Anyone who wants to strengthen their right + left brain hemispheres (art isn’t just right-brained). Anyone who is dealing with stress in their life and would like to discover a healthy stress relieving outlet. Anyone who wants to learn to tune in more to their intuition and be a more dynamic and creative thinker – for all of life. Anyone who wants to take back control of their life - you may not be able to control what other people do, but you can control what you do about it! For anyone who says they want to be happy - these are the keys to that hidden door within you.
By the time we are 10 years old, we begin judging our art, and it is around this time that instead of learning the skills to improve our art to meet up to our new "standards", we stop making art and label ourselves “not creative.” Or perhaps you suffered from what I call a creative wound - someone made fun of your art, or voice, or acting. But the truth is that everything you do in life is an act of creativity – you create your life with the choices you make and actions you take. What kind of life would you create if you discovered that the greatest masterpiece is you?
There is an opening that happens within you with creative practice. A big part of this practice is that art making is meaningful and healing to the person making the art. It is a deeply personal and experiential process. It takes a lot of courage to show up and allow yourself to be vulnerable, and to allow another part of your brain (the subconscious) to express itself in a way for you to tangibly see. For this reason, I say painting is dreaming with a paintbrush. It requires you to trust your intuitive guidance, suspend your judgment and allow yourself to step into curiosity and be led by it. (plus it’s fun, and your own journal is safe and private place to explore).
You will find that through self-reflection your thinking and perspective will change, and by sharing and listening to the experiences of others, you will discover how very similar our fears and vulnerabilities really are. In this way compassion and empathy are cultivated as you hear and discover that while our struggles are all different, the way we feel is similar.
You will be given access to a private Facebook Group to ask questions, and to share your own artwork and journey.
Access to Videos and downloadable PDF’s of weekly content, weekly awareness practices,a Facebook Group, & recommended reading, free online resources and access to ask Cheryl any questions that may arise.
Hello there! I'm Cheryl. My mission in life is to empower YOU to step out of your shadows and shine in the light of your creative potential, so that you can live the life you were designed and created to live! Creativity is the journey toward authenticity and the reward is a meaningful, self-realized life.
I am an artist, mindfulness meditation teacher, Quantum Coach and servant of The Creative. My soul's gift is freeing people from their many different states of victim-hood and bringing them to self-love. The opposite of being a victim is being a creator. When I discovered this idea - that I was and could create my own reality, I took my power back and took it seriously!
I lived through an almost unthinkable abusive childhood, spent my teen years on the streets as a runaway and in group homes, was addicted to drugs, and severely depressed and detached from my feelings. In my twenties I became a numbed out liar who portrayed an act of perfection. After suffering in the darkness of my own shadows for many years, I suffered a stress induced nervous breakdown which lead to a suicide attempt, which then put me on the path of discovering the power of mindfulness, creativity as healing and the ability to harness my own life force. I understand what it feels like to feel numbed out, stuck, utterly lonely, and in hopeless despair. I KNOW that if I can get from there to the joyful, powerful place I am now, anyone can, because there is nothing special I have that someone else doesn't. Anyone with the true desire to live up to their own potential CAN do it.
In the last 10 years I have done a PhD’s worth of research into the scientific benefits of mindfulness and creativity. The transformation in my life was so profound that I gave up my fortune 100 management career and dedicated my life to learning how to bring this ancient and wise practice to others. I have trained through UCLA, Mindful Schools, a few 10-day Vipassana retreats, MBSR, MSC, MBSR-T certified trainer and Mindful Exercises MMT. I have read about, studied about and practiced creativity and have developed a way to help other people find their own creative path. I am absolutely humbled and amazed at how mindfulness and creativity go together, and being able to show others how to tune into this power too. What I finally came to realize is that all the knowledge in the world couldn't change me - the change came through BEING it. I came to see that mindfulness helps calm the ego's fearful mind so that the heart can open. And when the heart opens, life opens. I no longer just know things in my head - I know them in my heart. Now they ARE who I am.
When I am not teaching, I am hanging out with my family, hiking outdoors with my fur-baby lab, Nama, laughing about something with friends, studying (because I'm nerdy like that), making art, or maybe out dancing. I like to burst into song lyrics as answers to questions, I am freakishly punctual, I am a compulsive book sniffer, I think all people are miraculous geniuses and I love to ask questions and listen. I genuinely love people, and I totally hate cheese.