A fundamental tool of mindfulness, labeling activates the prefrontal cortex and reduces arousal in the limbic system.
When I landed here, I felt:
I'd let an outer voice get noisy enough to keep me from hearing my own inner voice, to no particularly good effect outwardly and certainly no good effect inwardly.
'Nuff said about that.
As soon as I named my feelings, though, I felt a shift and a lift.
I got my paints out again. Now this piece—a visual haiku—feels artistically and emotionally authentic.
And, in turn, I feel:
Empty Pockets Where Feelings Get Caught
1.5x5.5"; acrylic, ink, pencil, and oil pastels on black cardboard