Through movement and gesture, this exercise connects our emotional body to the page. This is self-expression at it’s most primal, true, and raw.
• 4+ pieces of Bristol paper • Oil pastels
• Begin by closing your eyes briefly, and noticing your breath. • Think of one emotion from this list: Anger, Joy, Sadness, Longing, Ecstasy, Love, Fear, Trust, Disgust, Regret, Excitement, Hatred, Awe, Shame… • Allow the feeling of that emotion to rise up in your body. • You might choose to move your body to express the emotion. • Now reach for the pastels and extend the feeling of anger to the paper. Fill the paper with your anger, express it fully, then let it go. • Repeat with at least 3 more emotions… • Make a small note on the back of each paper with it’s emotion for future reference.
• Which emotion felt best to express? • Did any emotion feel uncomfortable to express? • Were there any surprises as you practiced this exercise?