Sunday, August 16, 2009

the "asana" of working in a journal daily

Last night lying in bed unable to fall asleep, I got this idea.
That the practice of doing those asana poses in yoga -- making your body pop into that certain position over and over again, is what makes it easier.
The word "asana" means pose, and most people who do yoga think of those poses as the work of yoga.
But yoga is more - it is a way of thinking, a way of breathing. It is more an attitude than an exercise.

and working in an art journal is like that.
It is really more a way of thinking - a way of unleashing the creative intuitive part of the brain that is connected to the unconscious dream state.
By making these pages with color and image, we access this other side of the brain, the non-verbal side.
This is why my pages often give me insight.
and this is a practice.
The more your body does the asana, the easier it is to snap into that position.
The more your mind lets the creative voice speak in making art journal pages, the more the subconscious has a voice.
That's why doing art journal pages feels like a sacred practice to me.
I do enjoy when the pages are pretty, and I do enjoy getting praise here for how they look.
But even more rewarding, is when doing a page in my journal gives me some sort of insight and knowledge about my own inner truth.
Try making this your practice, and see how the "asana" of making journal pages helps unlock your inner dream voice.

"I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands." --Louise Bourgeois


  1. I love what you're saying here, and how you've said it! It resonates through me as completely true. thank you! Karin

  2. Nice posting. Do you know about these yoga books?

  3. sfauthor - wow, those are cool books and on-line no less.
    I love knowing the sanskrit behind the yoga poses.