I had fun with Rae’s Wellness Art-ivity assignment this week – Project Smartitude. Her charge was two-fold: to consider times when our intellect has been called into question and reclaim our “smart power” and then to create some kind of SMARTy PANTs doll. What fun!
While I didn’t actually approach the the assignment from the angle Rae suggested, it feels like all week I’ve been immersed in looking at my thinking process. Our thoughts are important. They’re powerful. And while they can dissipate, if given enough attention they become concrete and can even crystallize into patterns we then carry around with us. So it’s good to pay attention to what we’re thinking – what we’re putting out there – what we want to give our energy to. Being the reflective sort it’s probably not surprising I spend a lot of time consciously noticing my thoughts. And when I’m working with people choosing to shift patterns, it’s often really important to help them explore new uplifting thoughts that can help pave the way for transformation.
Because I often “see” people’s mental and emotional bodies when I’m working with them, when Rae offered her invitation to create an “intelligence doll” I immediately was inspired to create a “mental body.”
I have to say I’m delighted with my head-on-a-straw-stuck-into-a-bottle doll. The head is filled to overflowing with thoughts and ideas, and because I love Chinese cookie fortunes, I was inspired to include a few choice words of wisdom sprouting out of my head as well. And of course I stuck in a few hearts to represent loving joyful thoughts abounding. I’ve been really fascinated and focused lately on the concept of the body as a sacred vessel, and the choice of a bottle through which light can pour seemed perfect. And I couldn’t resist slipping a few messages and trinkets into the bottle/body for good mojo because well, why not? The head on a straw makes me smile. I often feel like I’m drinking in knowledge, and there’s also the 2-way flow a of straw that appeals to me. We can pull up thoughts from hidden places within or they can float in from outside. And it also seems to represent to me the channel I often see when I’m looking at the body’s chakra system.
There you have it – my Mental Body.
One of the things I slipped into the bottle was this quote I’ve been thinking about
“May my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple.” – e e cummings
So what are you thinking about? I’d love to hear.