Creating Stillness: Mindful Art Practices and Stories for Navigating Anxiety, Stress, and Fear

Creating Stillness: Mindful Art Practices and Stories for Navigating Anxiety, Stress, and Fear

by Rachel Rose
Creating Stillness: Mindful Art Practices and Stories for Navigating Anxiety, Stress, and Fear

Creating Stillness: Mindful Art Practices and Stories for Navigating Anxiety, Stress, and Fear

by Rachel Rose

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Overview

Discover the healing power of expressive arts with this hands-on guide to using creative mindfulness to reduce stress, find presence, and unlock self-knowledge

Expressive arts educator Rachel Rose weaves together mindfulness practice and art therapy to demonstrate how tapping into your own innate creativity can help you find peace in a stressful world


This self-directed guide teaches ten key principles of mindfulness through ten creative invitations, along with a series of simple exercises and guided prompts to help you start noticing and flexing your creative mindfulness muscles:

  • Anchoring your practice with ritual
  • Setting intentions
  • Honoring your impulses
  • Trusting the process
  • Non-striving
  • Letting go

Requiring no prior experience of the arts or mindfulness meditation, Creating Stillness provides tools to explore difficult emotions and find insight into personal struggles and traumatic wounds.

In each chapter, Rose draws from her personal experience as a teacher and facilitator of creative mindfulness to share stories and examples that help ground exercises like sketching, creative writing prompts, and more.

Rose carefully walks through the process each time, explaining how to set intention and arrive in the present moment before embarking on your mindful art session; how to use objects and thoughts as creative prompts; how to return your attention to your work as you move forward; and how to distill the wisdom you have found in the process.

For seasoned artists, creative mindfulness offers a chance to slow down and rediscover the transformative power that art can offer when it is detached from the need to produce something beautiful or useful. For those coming to expressive arts with existing mindfulness practices or engaged in a therapeutic process, a mindful arts practice may reveal a passion for creation you didn’t know existed. And for everyone, creative mindfulness can help us make sense of our feelings and find new ways of expressing ourselves—in art and in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623177591
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/07/2023
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,044,290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

RACHEL ROSE is an educator, writer, and contemplative artist fusing mindfulness practices with the creative arts. She holds a Masters in Adult Education with a focus on Arts Based Research and transformative learning and is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator with the International Expressive Art Therapy Association. Through her education portal Workshop Muse, Rose has created both a beacon and home for people to come to learn about creative knowing, as well as how to practice creative mindfulness in their own lives. She continues to champion and explore these concepts in her workshops, writing, and as she shares with intimacy about how her own creative practice brings her awareness and insight. Her favorite tools for creation are textiles, paper, the natural world, and words. Rachel makes her home on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Calgary, Alberta. Learn more at www.workshopmuse.com.
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