Acts of Kindness When you're Sheltered In?

Posted by 0616 @0616, Aug 29, 2020

I just read your article on relieving stress. It has so many good suggestions but one of the remedies puzzles me. Yes, kindness to others always makes us feel better but as an octogenarian and one who is sheltered in, what acts of kindness can I do for others? Thank you for your many articles on health and well being; they have been inspiring and helpful to me.

@harriethodgson1

I started drawing Enso circles, a Japanese custom associated with Buddhism. Though I'm not Buddhist, this custom helps me. To draw an Enso circle you meditate for a while, take in a breath, and draw a circle in one breath and one stroke. The circle can be either full or empty–whatever it seems like to you. I paint my circle with black acrylic paint and a sumi-e brush. After I've finished the circle, I date it. You can draw several circles on one page or add color later. Each circle is different.

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@harriethodgson1, Like the idea of drawing Enso circles and a new concept for me. Reminds me of those school time years when i would draw doodles all over a page as the teacher droned on and on and… Sometimes, circles, others triangles/ rectangles……The act of changing focus by drawing specific shapes was calming for me. May have to resume some of that. Can't draw artistically but had fun with the repeated shapes. Smiles

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I have an MA in Art Education and am a doodle artist. Just written and illustrated a book for tweens and teens called Grief Doodling: Bringing Back Your Smiles.The cover and full description is available on Amazon and the book will be released on April 1, 2021. Adults have told me they would use this grief resource.

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I think you would enjoy painting Ensos.

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@harriethodgson1

I have an MA in Art Education and am a doodle artist. Just written and illustrated a book for tweens and teens called Grief Doodling: Bringing Back Your Smiles.The cover and full description is available on Amazon and the book will be released on April 1, 2021. Adults have told me they would use this grief resource.

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Thanks for the like.

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@harriethodgson, How wonderful that you have the art training and have also just published a book for tweens and teens…and would think it great for any of us searching for ways to bring more smiles. Please send us an update when Grief Doodling: Bringing Back Your Smiles becomes available on Amazon. For some of us oldies with short term memories, we need reminders! lol

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Grief Doodling: Bringing Back YOur Smiles is now on Amazon. I'm excited.

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@harriethodgson1

Grief Doodling: Bringing Back YOur Smiles is now on Amazon. I'm excited.

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How do you doodle?
Not a pun!!🤔

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Doodle Art is a combination of doodles, cartoons, and folk art. To learn more about it, log into the Internet and use the search words "Doodle Art examples." You can also watch doodle art videos online.

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@harriethodgson1

Doodle Art is a combination of doodles, cartoons, and folk art. To learn more about it, log into the Internet and use the search words "Doodle Art examples." You can also watch doodle art videos online.

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@harriethodgson1– I use to doodle but they looked nothing like what I'm seeing on line. I watercolor and maybe it will help with my drawing ability-

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Many people are combining watercolors and doodles and the results are striking. You have to use watercolor paper, though, which is a bit pricey.

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@harriethodgson1

Grief Doodling: Bringing Back YOur Smiles is now on Amazon. I'm excited.

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@harriethodgson1, Congratulations!! Will check it out! Amazing to meet a newly published author! So much talent within these Connect groups!!

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There are 2 ways to approach watercolors and doodling. You can do random watercolors, let it dry, and add doodle lines as you choose. Or you can plan your picture, sketch it lightly, add watercolors, and finish with black doodle lines. I've tried both and enjoyed both.

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