sitting quietly creates space
What could be more radical than to sit quietly on your own for a few minutes each day. Simply put, sitting quietly creates space in life for you just to be, nothing expected of you, nowhere else to go, just to sit.
With practice those around you will begin to notice something’s different about you, without necessarily knowing what it is.
Sitting on a regular basis allows you to experience a deeper connection with life, as you navigate change.
Put simply, coming to sit in stillness, on purpose, improves how we feel.
The benefits of meditation are well documented and it may seem too easy. However, through regular practice you can experience a deeper connection with yourself and those around you, on and off your meditation cushion.
When you sit each day you notice thoughts, allow them to come and go. The same things may always shows up and after time you realise that you are not your thoughts.
We were gifted the most gorgeous parcel of goodness, charcoals, pencils, mixed papers and fabrics, that guided our afternoon’s creations.
We breathed and explored textures, we ripped paper, we bashed leaves, we printed our own colours, we drew, we moved our bodies, we observed. We created beautiful memories.
Being guided by Fran in an afternoon of Art and Nature was soothing balm for my soul. I was a little apprehensive when I booked, as I am NOT an artist, I am a nature lover and a creative person, but the thought of drawing and painting nature made me nervous.
But please, do not think you have to be an established artist to experience such joy and light in Fran’s workshops.
We were guided back to our breath, we were mindful of the placement of our pencil and charcoal on the paper. We created colours and patterns out of leaves from the ground, we observed colours of flowers change in the sunlight.
Please give yourself this time and space and experience to deepen your connection to yourself and to nature. It is truly a gift.
A creative & joyful afternoon of flowers, drawing, tea and cake.
We meandered around Kathy Brown’s wonderful Manor Gardens collecting inspiration to draw. Fran lead us through some great art practices to help us be more experimental. It was nice to draw freely and without expectation. We created leaf prints to fabric, we drew, we sipped tea surrounded by flowers and ate Kathy’s delicious homemade cakes… what’s not to love!
It has been a huge pleasure and privilege for me to be able to join Fran online, both because I am shielding and also because I live too far away now to join in person. I just hope the Zoom sessions go on forever. The level, style and pace are just right for me and it’s lovely to be part of the group which includes some dear friends.