Anonymous asked - "Freya what do you get sad about? Sorry its a bit of a personal question but your art is so gorgeous and full of life, I try to be positive but I'm struggling a bit at the moment. Does drawing help with this?"
I get sad about lots of things, but it’s not a permanent sad feeling. When I want to experience sad I let myself. I get sad about having moved out of home and not getting to see my family that often, or watch my brother grow up. I get sad that maybe I could live overseas one day and not know my parents that well as an adult. My Dad’s family lives in the US and I know that it make him sad. I get sad that the human race can get so selfish and ignorant and I wonder why everyone isn’t lying on their stomachs and kissing the earth right now because it’s so beautiful. Sometimes I feel very alone but I have learnt to become my own best friend. I miss my ex boyfriend and that makes me cry a lot. It sometimes scares me that love can make you feel so strong and vulnerable. Other people’s troubles make me sad too, and I get confused as to why I was born so lucky. I want to extend my love to everyone but I don’t know how, so I just try to keep an open mind about everything and not be bitter about the things that make me angry.
Things that help to let these feelings pass are:
. Being in nature
. Practicing feeling empathy for everyone and start by smiling
. Dreaming (sleep healing)
. Listening to music
. Being social, and speaking openly with friends about my feelings
. And for me…drawing! Which is my kind of meditation.
You might have heard of the idea of ‘being in the zone’, when someone is totally engaged in something that they love, whether it is athletics, artmaking, music making or anything else that requires attention. I think once you find something like this it can make you happier. Some people even find it when they are at work. I think that the digital age has taken that away for a lot of people because we have shorter attention spans…I know personally that it has really affected me. So if you have a hobby that disregards technology it could help.
I also feel like our society has a lack of ceremony. It sounds strange, but I try to make little ceremonies with myself throughout the day. Making my bed becomes a ceremony. The first sip of water for the day is a ceremony, and lighting a candle at dinner. It makes everything feel special. My favourite ceremony of all is dancing, especially seeing live music or going to festivals. Doing something that humans do in all cultures and have done for many centuries is really beautiful, and it is my ultimate release.
I’m sorry that you’ve been feeling down, and I am sending blessings your way! I hope that I helped a little bit. Have a nice weekend!