Meditative Painting: Art, Meditation and Intention Cards
Doing this outside of a sitting meditation practice would have a powerful effect on my life, although I wasn’t aware it at the time.
After using this technique in the studio, the practice started to become second nature. For me, this new way of painting led to a new way of being. I was building and cultivating a habit that carried over into my life outside of the studio. It became easier to let go and get into my creative flow. It became a way to exercise my meditative muscles outside of my sitting meditation practice. From sitting meditation practice, to a dynamic meditation practice while painting, to life. I caught a glimpse of liberation out of the corner of my eye. Freedom. I had no idea it was there!
Thoughts come and go, as I hold a loose focus on what I’m doing, listening for what's next. Letting myself be guided by my intuition rather than distracted by my inner critic. Blissful
My art-making process has typically been about expanding and exploring a particular idea with the audience in mind, essentially a visual conversation.
In 2014, that changed for me during a two month painting retreat. I shifted from working through a particular narrative to simply being present and engaging the painting. I dropped the dramatic story.
This shift happened after more than a decade of intense meditation practices and energetic training. One of the practices included listening for a particular type of response from my intuition.
During my artist retreat, I brought that meditation practice into the art studio, where the act of painting essentially became a moving meditative process with clear guidance from my quiet inner voice.
Fluid, connected, effortless. Joyful.
The result is a set of fifty-four cards that comfortably fit in the palm of your hand. Each features a meditative painting coupled with an aspirational state.
Bright colors and loose brush strokes represent the unseen, yet felt and known. One inspired word printed below in a classic typewriter font; certain, clear, in black and white.
Designed to increase emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Repeated use may result in happiness for no apparent reason.
Now, you can pull a card online....
This experience, and the results, were dramatically different for me.
(Previously, my work was very narrative, humorous and a bit dark.)
Using the abstract paintings created during my retreat, I designed a set of intention cards as a beta deck.
Would they work?
Did they resonate with me?
Would other people like them?
I tested, tweaked and adjusted for months.
Anita Brey (pronounced : br - EYE) is an artist dedicated to cultivating and empowering awareness. Her abstract painting series Embody Your Destiny was inspired by her 15+ years of experience as a meditator. She designed a set of Intention Cards for people who want to experience energy in a real, tangible way. (Pick-a-Card here.) In her free time she sings, paints and dreams of soaking in the luxurious natural hot springs of Northern California.