“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.“ —Jonathan Martensson, motivational speaker
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” –Karl Jung
Today I choose to ride my artistic wave allowing my hands to do my thinking for me. My feelings are wide-ranging and not pleasant. When I feel this way there is a cacophony in my brain that could reduce me to tears and worse if I let it. The way for me to deal with this much emotion is to do something physical. But it’s too hot to go for a walk. (I’m ready for fall weather.) I could walk in the mall but too often I wind up shopping when I walk there. I certainly can’t afford that. I was flipping through a book and came upon the above quote by Karl Jung and realized that I needed to use my hands. So this morning I glued small pieces of green tissue paper on to a canvas (one of my in-progress projects). This process always amazes me. I whacked up several shades of green tissue and started to haphazardly glue them to a selected section of my canvas. There is some logic here. I mean for the finished green section to look like grass, more or less. Today I worked with a friend who had not done this before but she’s a self-starter and she got in the groove quickly. We started out talking and analyzing our work. In a few minutes we were almost totally silent and our hands had minds of their own. We both had found serenity in the process.
My divorce was final a little over two years ago. I had hoped that the emotional roller coaster would be over by now and fortunately it doesn’t come around very often these days. When it does I put my hands to a task, find peace and end up with an artistic project that reminds me of where I’ve been and how much better I am now.