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Drawing as a form of meditation

Post by Liliya Rudakova,  24 August 2014 ,  Articles
Ability to concentrate is a crucial skill, vital for the achievement of one’s goals.  Our generation of scatteredbrained multi-taskers started to badly lack in it though, our attention span is decreasing dramatically. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, from the year 2000 to the year 2013 the average attention span has gone down from 12 to 8 seconds. Interestingly, the average attention span of a gold fish is 9 seconds. Are you still with me?! Great!

So what does one do to improve the ability to concentrate? 

Meditate your own way. Simply put, meditation is an experience during which we devote our full attention to the the object of our focus.

With this post I will start a series of stories about people who have found their own form of meditation. Active meditation, that allows them to be fully present in the moment, forgetting themselves, allowing them to experience peace of mind, feeling of freedom and quiet happiness.

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"Drawing is my meditation. It absorbs all my senses and directs them to the white of paper and the colors of felt pens. I submerge into the process and lose track of time. I oftentimes stay up all night working on a single drawing, spending hours on each tiny detail. When I get down to yet another piece, I never know what is going to come out of it. It is why it is always a pleasure, when something interesting shapes up!" says Alexandra Slavnova, who has recently rediscovered her love for drawing.

Alexandra Slavnova

I love drawing. One of the brightest childhood memories for me is the day when I got a set of colored pencils for my birthday. The set contained “very rare”, as it seemed to me back them, colors: pink and grey, it felt very special. I never made it to any art school though.

I came back to drawing during my university days. It was my 3rd year,  I would draw square rabbits in all possible life situations for some reason, but the theme of rabbits exhausted itself at some point and I got down to people, as one of my friends recommended. 

Same year I graduated from the University, moved to Saint Petersburg and gave up drawing for some time again. Was hard to combine it with a full-time job, you invest a lot of energy and emotions into it and there´s hardly anything left by the time you get back home. That is why I drew next to nothing in 2010-2013.
 
It has changed now though! I am back on track. I have time on hands to devote to my favourite thing! The more I draw, the more ideas for future works come to mind. Hardly do I finish something, I start dreaming of the next one. Becoming insatiable! It was absolutely different when I sat down to my pencils only once in a while, I would have to squeeze ideas out of myself, there was no flow in the process! 

Yoga Illustration

It is not so easy to find your own passion, but the rule of thumb is — go for the things that make you forget about the time. Focusing your attention on the things you love and enjoy, you learn to commit to an intention as well as to better concentrate.

Thanks a lot Alexandra for the lovely illustrations, you have drawn for YogoMotive.
Please check out more of Sasha´s works on http://okremi.com.

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