I am Worthy of Rest
The mantra suggested during the restorative portion of my yoga class this morning was “I am worthy of rest.” I am not a big fan of statements that start with “worthy” or “deserving”. However, I don’t discount the need to rest or take a break. In fact, I embrace it.
One reason yoga appeals to me is because of the arc of the class. Classes traditionally begin with some form of pranayama. This is focused breathing. Its purpose is to settle one down before starting the work or flow of the class. Once the work is done, it is time for savasana. This is a total release, no focus, a time to let go and let the body embrace class.
Take Time to Rest
What does this have to do with studio practice? Being an artist and being a yogi the arc is the same. Nothing happens unless you show up. It takes some time to settle in before the work begins in earnest. Finally, it is time for rest, time to embrace what has been accomplished. Just as yoga postures become more accessible with practice, so do artistic skills.
Embrace the Time Spent
You are worthy of rest, whatever you practice. Embrace where you have come from, where you are and the excitement of what is yet to come.
I have added TGIFF (Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday) to my weekly post. I may have few actual artwork finishes. However, since it is a rare week when I don’t start and finish a studio day, I am calling this a finish. I did have a finish this week, too. Celestial Celebration’s quilting is done. On to the facing!