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A Spiritual Place
Sometimes my art journal is simple a place to experiment with new art materials and/or art techniques; other times I use it to "doodle" with ideas. Ultimately, each art journal becomes a record of my thoughts, feelings, ideas, and reflections over a given period of time. Some entries are more profound than others; some are more "artistic" than others. It is during the discipline of consistently sitting down with my journal for self-expression, listening, planning, prayer, and putting "brains on paper" that I am able to "process" what is happening in life. When I go through stretches where I do not make/take time to diddle in my art journal, I realize later that I've usually missed a piece of my life. It is the slowing down and artfully reflecting which helps me to identify, appreciate, and better understand the people, places, ideas, and activities in the too-busy-world around me.