Morning Rituals and Peace of Mind

Writing by Jennifer Gauthier

Check out her work and website here.

“It is easy for one to not fully know who they are. I feel most like myself when I get curious and check in with my emotional body. As an empathetic person, it is easy to blur the lines between what others are experiencing and what I am feeling. I connect most with my own soul by really taking advantage of the delicious morning hours before others rise. I am able to have my morning routine and also set my intentions for the day by making time for a quiet practice that is mine alone. Only after I have honored myself in this way do I begin to connect with my purpose.”

“I wake up in my home studio and watch the sun dance above the surface of my paintings, observing how the light integrates itself into my work. I nourish my body by cooking in this space and also allowing myself to become centered through meditation. I close my eyes each night in my studio, reluctantly, because so many projects hadn’t been realized. My personal space is in a constant flux; it changes and grows as I continue to change and grow as an artist. This room remains open and full of gratitude. At the center of my home, I have made my commitment to living life artfully. I am forever grateful for these walls that have permitted me time and space for exploration.”

“I often wonder what the best way to describe the core of an artist is. Could it be an observer of nature? A thief of color? An obsessed collector of terrain? A witness and a mourner of each fleeting moment? I continue to explore these types of questions. I know that I am a spiritual being that requires solitude to recharge. At the very same time, I cherish the beauty in conversation and the new ideas that emerge through the voice of others. I am infatuated with mimicking the natural world around me in the unique manner that I view it.”

“The older I get, the more I realize just how important it is to have a morning routine. My entire day is dependent on how I utilize time in the morning. Life is busy and new ideas on routine come and go, but a few rituals remains constant. I drink black coffee as I stretch in a few yogic poses, I write in my gratitude journal, pull a tarot card, and spend time in mediation or prayer before leaving the apartment. It is as simple as that. As I am presented with challenges throughout the day, I am equipped to remain grounded as long as I have respected my morning routine.”

“Fear is crippling. It is the dark thoughts that stunt growth as an individual. It keeps people in their own safe place and from learning to love the unknown, whatever that may be. My favorite mantra that I repeat to myself throughout the day is, “Please heal my fear based thoughts”. It immediately reminds me that I am worthy and so are others. It stops my ego from being critical of others or myself and shines the light on the root of the issue. It is important to step into that unknown place, because that is where the growth, love and expansion can happen.”

“My home, the Pacific Northwest, is something that runs through all of my work. My observations, color references, and repeated shapes, are all sourced from the nature here. I’d love to see how my work is influenced through travel or relocation.”

“I believe that people are magnificent beyond their own comprehension. As long as they are doing the thing that lifts them up, they are making the Earth a better place that is more full of joy. I’ve found the thing that lights my fire, so I chase it in hopes that it will inspire others to do the same. There is a healing energy within the process. I think that this is my path on being of service to others.”

“In all honesty, working with paint is my form of healing. Getting dirty, pushing around pigment is humbling for me. Gardeners move soil, farmers move cattle, and teachers move their students by leaving lasting impressions on the mind. There is a transfer of ideas and energy in this way. I believe that every person impacts the Earth, whether they are adding to or depleting something from it. My only plan with my artwork is that it continues to feed my soul, and in turn, creates more beauty in the world.”
“Carving your own path in the world of arts or any career can be daunting and often feel lonely. I have found several like-minded individuals that are easy to talk to and bounce ideas off of. Finding people who can fully support your creative journey while receiving support from you is a powerful connection and essential to growth. These people become your confidants and your inspiration.”

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