Prayer Tree Colouring
Hands up who else is a sucker for stationery. I have bought so many journals, planners and cute pens over the year I could probably set up my own store if I hadn’t filled in just two pages in each (now that’s a whole other post).
A couple of years ago I got given a prayer journal at an annual staff meeting. It’s by this couple Ben and Hannah Dunnett. They make some great notes books, cards and bookmarks and they have a really unique style. Anyway I was browsing through their website as you do and I came across the first in a serious of arty articles on their blog. So printed template and trusty pencils in hand I settled down in the sun in the garden and just started creating.
About an hour later I was feeling much better and my tree was fully coloured. I’m not a church goer and would call myself spiritual rather than religious so was a bit unsure about the prayer bit. My inner voice was still telling me that it wasn’t finished because I hadn’t done the prayer bit so I sat back and took some time to think through what things were worrying me. When I reframed as putting down as my worries rather than a prayer the answers quickly came to me – loved ones, a colleague who had recently had an unwelcome diagnosis, how I was going to cope self isolating etc.
Onto my tree they went, followed by some dodgy looking blossoms in the spaces and my tree was compete. I haven’t done anything in particular with my masterpiece but just taking the time out to do something as simple as colouring and acknowledging my worries and writing them down made a huge difference to me that day and is a technique to pop into my self-help toolkit for days when things just get overwhelming. I’d love to hear how art or craft have helped you through bad days during the pandemic.