For the last few months, I’ve been embracing the image of a compass. It came to me in a guided meditation when we were asked to drop into our center and check in with where we are and what we’re feeling or experiencing. I like the image of a compass, rather than a balance beam, because the compass doesn’t judge your direction as good or bad, it just gauges how far you are from True North.
Today, I’d like to invite you to do a little art project to design a Self-Care Compass.
Consider for a moment what “True North” is for you in relation to self-care. It could be a photo of you when you were happy and healthy; it could be your word for the year; it could be a specific daily practice you’d like to cultivate. Feel free to journal on this idea of identifying your “True North.”
Then draw, collage, paint, assemble, embroider, etc. a design for your personal Self-Care Compass. For the other cardinal directions (east, south, west), consider depicting habits or comfort behavior you fall into, taking you away from “True North.” Some things might take you farther from “North” than others, so you can place them in rank order with the habits or behaviors most opposite to your ideal north toward the south point.
As you’re ranking in this way, try not to judge the behaviors, just recognize whether it contributes to your ideal North or not, and maybe make a notation on the outer edge of something you could choose instead to bring you back to North.
When your piece is done, display it somewhere accessible so you can look at it whenever you’re feeling less than great. Notice if you’re engaging in one of the habits or behaviors that take you away from North and ask yourself if you can choose something else to bring you back toward North.
Obviously, sometimes bad things happen and you need to work through grief or sadness or anger; but this activity will help you notice when you’re not pointing in the direction you want to go so you can make a gentle correction of course.
Here is a digital collage I made for my compass with images I found on Pinterest.
Cathy Carpenter is a creativity/life coach, tarot reader, fiction writer, blogger, visual artist, crafter, dreamer, and planner. She is on a path to find more deep satisfaction in her daily life creatively, emotionally, and spiritually. She wants to mix the magical and the mundane. As she’s exploring, she likes to share what she’s learning and would love to help you explore these themes as well. Go deeper. Explore your depths.