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The art of letting go

Sarah Ritchie doing a meditative drawing session with Vanessa Narbey (right) and Emma Hinton (left)

I enjoyed participating in a meditative drawing session with artist friends this week. Equipped with pencils, pastels, and charcoal, we set out to make marks on paper. The task was simple: draw free-flowing lines, circles, squiggles, and whatever else came to mind. There was no goal to create a finished piece, no pressure to produce something perfect. It was a session dedicated to the art of letting go.

Think back to when you were a child. Remember how easy it was to pick up a crayon and scribble without a care in the world? Children draw with a fearless, unselfconscious joy. They are not worried about judgments or whether their creations are ‘good enough.’ During our session, we aimed to reconnect with this state of mind.

In our fast-paced, results-oriented world, we often feel the need to be perfect, meet expectations, and produce tangible results. This mindset can stifle creativity and increase stress. Our drawing session reminded us that letting go of these pressures is okay. There is immense value in activities done purely for the joy of doing them, without any endgame.

You don’t need to be an artist to benefit from this approach. Anyone can incorporate this practice into their daily lives. Try taking a few moments each day to engage in an activity with no specific goal in mind. It could be doodling, walking in nature, or listening to music. The key is to focus on the experience itself rather than the outcome.

The art of letting go is about more than just making marks on paper. It’s a way of embracing life with a sense of freedom and openness. By finding that fearless, childlike approach within ourselves, we can reduce stress, boost creativity, and find joy in the present moment. Whether you’re artistically inclined or not, letting go can be a powerful tool for personal growth and well-being.

So, take a deep breath, pick up a pencil, and see where your hand takes you!

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