“What day is it today?”

It’s the first thing I ask myself as I rouse in consciousness every morning as I get used to this new lock down lifestyle.

It’s definitely a strange time. As the schools broke up 4 weeks ago it’s been the first time in a long while that I’ve had the time to really sit and think about things.

Reliance has been on my mind this week.

Reliance – The unequivocal belief in someone or something.

At this time I have had to have self reliance.

What exactly am I capable?

What are my superpowers?

What is my true capacity for greatness?

How on earth am I going to get there?

Without the need for going out… shopping for no apparent reason… obliged to leave the house because the sun is out… inundated with a to do list as long as my arm… the expectation to meet family and friends….

Life has taken a different turn.

Acceptance has been the most important step in this. While self reliance has been at the forefront of the transformation. Acceptance and surrendering has been the path that has lead me to this place.

An entirely different perspective.

Putting faith in ME.

It’s like all the things I have been doing over the last few years has lead me to this point. It’s all been for now. Finally a time to use every tool I’ve been acquiring and put it into action.

Wake up – water & meditation

Move/ stretch- open up

Coffee & phone

Showered and dressed before 10am

Create something.

Feeling tired at 2pm -move again.

Communicate clearly.

8 hours of sleep.

Courage to learn/do something new.

Compassion – understand we’re all going through this.

So many opportunities. So many lessons.

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Developing a mindfulness practice has been the greatest tool I could have ever accrued.

But as ever there is a need to challenge. Getting out of the comfort zone helps develop self Reliance. Knowing that you can cope with whatever appears in front of you will help strengthen this muscle.

So reliance is key.

Not just self reliance. But helping others to develop their reliance.

Their ability to, accept, surrender and then trust in themselves.

So today is all about the Mindful Art with Sy Stobart challenge.

Here’s how it works.

The courage to create 10 patterns from scratch. There’s no pre-made version of this – you’re watching me do this live.

You will need

-a piece of lined paper ( plain, squared or dotty is fine).

-A pen or a pencil

You can do this challenge alone. – find a quiet room. Play some lovely music. See if you can create 10 patterns.

You can follow along with me. Watch and press pause after every one.

You can watch for inspiration and then go it alone.

I’ve even created this PDF for you to print out and have next to you.

You can even use the print out to cut out and add to your journal, diary or take a picture and use them as a screen shot. Use them as a reminder of your self reliance.

As always I would love to see your recreations.

Comment below or post them on instagram, facebook or twitter using the hashtag #systobart

Thank you for your time.

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Love always

Sy