You're ready to wake up from autopilot, take back the controls of your own life and step into the wonderful unique genius that is inside of you, ready to burst out! You know that mindfulness is the KEY that starts the engine but you just. can't. meditate.
I get it! It's hard, and it can seem pointless, and it's not very much fun - and if it's painful, it's not going to be easy to make it a priority - especially when results don't happen right away.
As a certified mindfulness meditation teacher, the number one thing I hear from people is that they WANT the life-changing benefits that come from being mindful, but they HATE to meditate.
Be Mindful + Artful is a science-based (but not boring!) art and mindfulness program that teaches you the skills to move from stressed out and frazzled to living each moment fully in the present, connected and engaged with life and the people around you. I've found a way to hack your neuropathways to create a mindfulness practice that’s fast, easy and FUN - even if you hate to meditate AND you claim you aren't creative.
I took all of the science of mindfulness I've learned and applied it to process based art projects, created a system to teach it, and began teaching mindfulness this way in my studio - and it works. Science proves it. YOU get the benefit of my years of experience and practice! And - big fat bonus - you strengthen your creative muscles too.
Because art making IS an alternative way to meditate.
It's a stress reliever, a fun way to “exercise” your whole brain (not just the right brain), and most of all, reconnect you to your deepest 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” and the idea of meditating seems boooooooring.
Creativity gives you the ability to create what you want to create, choice by choice, moment by moment. You can only be creative in the present moment. Every time you try something new - that's creativity. It's a POWER and it's yours to harness. The more you stand in your own creative power, the more authentic you become!
It takes creativity (and a dash of bravery and faith) to step out of conformity and try out new things - including fresh thinking. Art making is a safe space with zero risk to practice this skill. Think of it as the training ground for the rest of life.
Mindfulness is the power to become aware of what's arising so you can break the mental habits of mind that keep you stuck, and choose to respond, rather than react to life. Where your attention goes, your energy flows. Becoming mindful is the first step toward creating the mindset you want to operate your life from.
Now that's a truly attainable super power.
1. Increases perception and awareness - both what's happening inside and outside of yourself. At all times. You gain the ability to question - and increase - your perceptions and awareness.
2. More focus and effort - you can get a LOT done in a focused, concentrated hour. Say goodbye to "something shiny" syndrome.
3. More discernment and better (and less) judgment - you literally create a space between stimulus and response, which enables you to THINK before you speak or act. That's true power.
4. A new point of view – changes in perspective. A whole world you didn't notice before begins to open up to you. You may find yourself living in a whole new way - more deeply and more authentically.
5. Intuitive, authentic self-expression. Art practice totally strengthens this skill. By being in the present moment in art making, you get to actually practice these skills and notice them as they happen. Have you ever heard someone say “I wish I didn’t trust my intuition?” Neither have I!
Mindful Art Making increases your Emotional Intelligence (EQ): safe risk-taking, improved confidence, clarity and insight, greater empathy, curiosity, compassion, better self-regulation and emotional management, and healthy self-expression.
The human brain is programmed to look for shortcuts, create habits and to avoid pain and danger at all costs. Basically your brain is a habit building machine designed to get you through your day as much on autopilot as it can. And while it's great to have some things on autopilot, most things, eh - not so much.
In this course you will learn how your brain actually works and how you can get it to work FOR you instead of against you. When you begin to see and understand what's going on in your mind, you literally learn to create space between the things that happen (event) and your reaction to those things.
Until you discover how to rewire your brain and be more present, you will stay stuck on autopilot. You stay reactive to life, to situations, to people - instead of responsive. St. Francis referred to the mind as your donkey - and you can either learn to ride the donkey or it rides you.
This is the first step to ANY mindset you wish to adopt, or any transformation you want to make. You have to master your mind to master your habits - and your habits create your life.
Each week we will focus on a mindfulness topic and you will be given SIMPLE tools you can use ANYWHERE as well as a greater understanding of what's happening in your brain and body. The art practices I have developed are process based, not project based - this means there is no "wrong" way to do this, and it engages and exercises your whole brain.
WEEK 1: Turning off auto-pilot and coming to our senses
We will cover mindfulness 101.You will discover just how busy your mind actually is and begin to learn how to tune into your inner voice(s) that are constantly narrating to you all day long. You will begin to notice your body and why your breath is literally the magic wand to calm down your stress response. We will explore these concepts with fun, doable and process 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. You will tune deeper into your body and discover how it communicates to you through your senses - even ones you probably aren't even aware of. Of course we do this with 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 by discovering HOW our brains sees and the power of your reticular activating system. You will discover that you see only what you want to see and most of your life around you is deleted. We dive into this with some surprisingly fun drawing practices, that again, anyone can do.
WEEK 4: Bringing Awareness to Life
In this final class you will have established some NEW habits of mindfulness that you can apply to all of your life. You will learn how being mindful carries into your everyday life, the difference between awareness and attention, and how to engage your active imagination and how to focus your intention- and of course more fun painting to help you process all of this WAY faster!
Bottom line: Art makes shift happen.
If you are willing to do the work this will work for you, because this isn't hit or miss, works for some but not for others. ALL of this is grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology and the science of creativity. But just like no one can lose weight FOR you, no one can do your mindfulness practice FOR you. It's up to you to show up, be committed and do the work. My passion is human potential, and I want to see you reach yours!
Of course you could read the 300+ books and research papers I have read over the past 10 years, attend many silent meditation retreats, and study mindfulness and neuroscience until you finally "get it", take up your own creative practice and get the "aha" that it and mindfulness might work together - or you can simply take this class! I've done all of that work for you, and systematized it into a class that will forever change how you see yourself and how you see the world around you.
What kind of life would you create if you discovered that the greatest masterpiece is you? How would your life be different if you had an inner cheerleader instead of an inner critic? You are a powerful creator. Everything that exists first began as a thought. Your thought become your beliefs and this shapes your reality. When you master your mind you become the master creator and shaper of a destiny built on intention and purpose.
There is an opening that happens within you with creative practice. Art making is meaningful, symbolic 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 experiment, risk and play, and to allow another part of your brain (the subconscious) to express itself in a way for you to tangibly see what's going on in your mind. Jung explored this symbology of creativity with the archetypes and in dream exploration.
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. It also happens to be fun, and your own journal is safe and private place to explore this realm of yourself with zero risk.
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 life stories are all different, our feelings and fears are all very much alike. It's a part of being a human being.
You will have 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 me any questions that may arise! Seriously. Because I care about this work, and I care about YOU waking up the sleeping potential that's in you that wants to burst forth into the world.
So what are you waiting for? If you've read this far, you're already not like most people! I know you're ready to take the leap, get to work, wake up from auto-pilot and totally uplevel your whole life! This is just the beginning! I will be here to cheer you on. Here's to your waking up your inner genius.
Hello there! I'm Cheryl. I'm a joy-seeking meaning maker, creativity + mindfulness trainer, entrepreneur, artist and teacher who loves nothing more than empowering others with creativity + mindfulness based solutions for the purpose of self-actualization.
I LOVE life, because I know what it's like to NOT love life so much. My life's passion is sharing the magic and joy of creativity and the gifts of mindfulness with people. I know that if I can take my life from darkness, depression and anxiety to a space of light, love and utter happiness, then anyone can! I overcame a very tough childhood that makes me a statistical anomaly. The level of love, compassion, insight and forgiveness I gleaned from it has made me feel like it was a gift, and that it's my DUTY to be a sunshiny light for others. I LOVE to watch people grow.
In the past 20 years I have done a PhD's worth of research in the areas of neuroscience, creativity and mindset and have used this knowledge and wisdom to become the person I want to be and create a life I love. I believe in the power of self-actualization and there truly is nothing greater to me that watching someone discover how incredibly unique and brilliant they are. You are literally one of a kind, you are a creative light with a particular zone of genius in you, and if you aren't actualizing, you are robbing the world of your light and your gifts. <3
And here's some fun stuff about me:
When I am not teaching, I am hanging out with my family, hiking with my fur-babies Nama, and our tri-pawd pup Peg. I'm usually laughing about something with friends, studying (because I'm nerdy like that), making art, or probably listening to music & dancing. 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 it shows in the total acceptance and space I hold for all people, and I totally hate cheese. say hi!