Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy (MBAT) blends together two disciplines, Mindfulness and Art Therapy.  Mindfulness is based on meditation principles and involves paying attention intentionally and without judgment – to experiences and emotions as they happen.  In the practice of mindfulness one learns to be present in the moment. 

Art Therapy Body Scan Meditation | Art for Mindfulness
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Art Therapy Body Scan Meditation | Art for Mindfulness

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What is Mindful Art? Why do Mindful Art? (+ 7 Benefits) |  Express Yourself in Art with Cynthia Hauk
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Mindful Creative Muse

What is Mindful Art? Why do Mindful Art? (+ 7 Benefits) | Express Yourself in Art with Cynthia Hauk

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MBAT: Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy (MBAT) blends together two disciplines, Mindfulness and Art Therapy.  Mindfulness is based on meditation principles and involves paying attention intentionally and without judgment – to experiences and emotions as they happen.  In the practice of mindfulness one learns to be present in the moment. 

In MBAT, one engages in the image making in a relaxed and curious way observing new ways of being.  The art therapy process allows the slowing down of repetitive thinking patterns and brings you into the present moment by being consciously present to the process.   

The art making process and meditation are both solitary undertakings and often operate in the context of silence.  In the quite inner space, the inner world of one’s thought's, feelings and experiences can be witnessed, organized, created and externalized.   In both processes we cultivate witnessing awareness  - being grounded and open to the fruits of mindfulness techniques, contemplative and creative’s practices. Art therapy creates a space that allows the unconscious a chance to be expressed, be seen, heard and felt.  The art therapy process invites one to enter into an authentic relationship with self, process and product.  In this creative process one navigates the inner world and journeys to the heart, using imagination and intuition. 

The living image that results from the art process is the true teacher leading the way to greater personal understanding and awareness.  The art has a message and connects with the heart.  One can learn from you the image by listening to what is says. 

The art therapy process fosters the interaction of belief and experience, of conscious and unconscious, of body and mind, masculine and feminine enhancing communication and integration of the self.

The art making can be a special doorway to higher consciousness.  It fosters realization and transformations of all kinds.  Artmaking ignites the creative spirit and connects with one’s spirituality.

"You are the artist, you are the raw material, you are the work of art and you are the behind the work of art.  One experiences ecstasy when one discovers the Creation in one as oneself".     Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan 

In your light I learn to love.  In your beauty how to make poems. You dance inside my chest,  When no one sees you, But sometimes I do,  And that sight becomes this art.  Rumi

MBCT: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

"I need to get centered."

Humans have an innate ability to be aware of where we are in time and space and in relation to other people.  When we find that center, we find power, and even peace. Being centered can help us maintain our bearings in situations of chaos, conflict and confusion, which can cause us to become scattered, distracted, and unfocused.

Mindfulness practices such as breath awareness, meditation (see apps such as Headspace and Calm) can bring us back to our "center" in mind, body,  and environment.  When we lose our way, our body and mind will give us messages that we often ignore or suppress. A mindfulness practice can help us listen more carefully to messages that are telling us that something's not right, and that we might need a new road map, or to try something else to figure out where we are and where we're going.

Humans also have a tendency to go to extremes.  If something good happens, it is "the most amazing thing ever!", but if something bad happens, it is "the absolute worst thing ever!". We love the buzz of tapping into our capacity for excitement, but if we do that too often, we can deplete our energy.

Equanimity is a deep kind of mental calmness and composure  that preserves our energy and well-being especially when we find ourselves in a difficult situation. If we can cultivate this powerful center, we won't be thrown off balance, and will be able to act with resolve for ourselves and for others. 

If we can notice when we are pulling back or resisting, specifically in adverse circumstances, we may find it easier to be curious, letting things and people in.  Overdoing it or underdoing it, sometimes known as a cycle of "crank and crash", can effect us without our even noticing. If we're in physical or emotional pain, we often try to blow past that pain or shut down completely.  Either extreme doesn't help our healing or our state of mind.  If we can calibrate to the middle rather than bouncing between the crank and crash modes, we will be able to do a given activity longer or accomplish more in the long run.  This kind of centering of our exertion becomes very important as we age, when it's too easy to ignore or feel guilty about a decline in our physical, mental, or emotional capacities.

"And I need to get de-centered."

Centering can become problematic for us when it gets all tangled up with our identity. Our identity can involve not only where we grew up, where we live, what kind of family we have, but also the details of how we've been hurt, what we struggle with, our opinions, biases, complaints, etc. Where identity becomes problematic is when we cling to it so tightly as a fixed and unchanging anchor, that we filter our every experience to determine whether it's good or bad or neutral for us. This habit of verifying everything according to how it relates to us can create distortions and problems - largely because we are not the center of the universe. This often extends to our possessiveness, and who or what does or doesn't fit in or belong to our chosen clan. As we know, these personal judgments can easily grow to have devastating impact on  society and culture.

MBCT researchers Patricia Rockman and Evan Collins (who co-athored, along with Susan Wood, the book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice.), emphasize the importance of de-centering.  Rockman and Collins say that our default mode is to take ourselves too seriously, getting stuck in self-importance that emphasizes either how bad we think we are, or how great. A main principle of all mindfulness teachings is that rigid attachment to who we believe ourselves to be and the stories we tell about ourselves
are limiting and the root cause of many of our problems. If we can take a step back from a fixed view of self, also called de-centering, we can get less hooked in believing our ideas about who we think we and others are. We can see these ideas as a constructed view rather than the absolute truth. 

​The message is: "Don't believe what you think."  This will give us more options to deal with whatever life brings.