The project of visual affirmation emerged from a period of depression and burnout. Graduate school in counseling psychology brought me medical intern's syndrome and vicarious trauma: also the recent election had me feeling hopeless and unknowing of how to help.
In December of 2016, I started to do a drawing a day. It was a daily meditation of honest self-expression; anytime I noticed judgment or frustration with the art, I brought my focus back to the pen on the paper and my breath.
I created drawing after drawing, and my pile of drawings got larger and larger over the months. I disregarded most of them, but after investing in this daily practice, I began to feel inspired by my surroundings more so than before; I'd be easily fueled by my school readings, clients' stories, and entertainment I was exposed to.
I began to incorporate words and affirmations into my daily drawings to encapsulate my feelings and desires at the time more fully.
As I reviewed my previous drawings, my appreciation for them increased and I could see them from a different lens, one that was less critical and more admiring. I shared these drawings on my social media platforms and others' expressed their connection to them.
The visions of my drawings would stay in my head and thinking about them while repeating the affirmations brought me groundedness in times of insecurity and uncertainty. I began to create new "visual affirmations" for moments that called for them, with the intention, this time, to heal myself.
Chetna, founder and creator of Mosaiceye, is a self-taught mixed media artist and mental wellness mystic training in counseling psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is open to art commissions, counseling services, speaking engagements and workshop facilitation.
FIND HER AT: WWW.MOSAICEYEUNFOLDING.COM