TRY THESE MINDFULNESS EXERCISES TO TAP INTO YOUR INTUITION
"It doesn’t take a lot of art supplies to start painting," says Betty Franks Krause. "You can begin small, like I did, on 4x6in index cards. Make marks on the cards using just black paint and a brush or stick from the yard. Make circles or lines or squiggly marks without judgement. Think about how you are feeling versus what you are drawing. Then start adding other colours that pull you in. We all have our favourites."
NOTICE YOUR EMOTIONS
"Mindfulness can help us hear our inner voice by making us more aware of our responses to things," says Jane Clatworthy. "Notice how the sunshine feels on your skin, how you feel when you see a certain person. When you paint, feel your emotional response to the colour, mark or image. Don’t compromise; if it doesn't feel right, paint over it."
TOSS A COIN
"This is an exercise to practice tuning into your intuition when faced with a decision that you can’t make up your mind about," explains Jane Clatworthy. "Toss a coin then listen to your gut reaction when the coin lands. You might feel a twinge of angst, or a ripple of relief or delight. That’s your intuition speaking."