Beauty in Journaling
by Lily Simmons
Water & Stone Intern - The Madeira School
To have someone who knows everything about you that you can fully trust is such a freeing feeling. A journal can be this person for you. Journaling is a very important part of my life, and there is not a person in the world that I would not recommend it to.
Sometimes your brain can feel cluttered, or you feel a weight holding heavy emotions and thoughts. When you can throw these thoughts on paper, there is an immediate lightness within. You don’t have to think so much anymore: the thoughts rest in the journal, and they can stay there. They no longer waste space running through your mind. The journal is yours and only yours. It is a safe space to express any idea or thought no matter how strange, dark, or seemingly insignificant. The filter is gone, and your journal contains only authentic thoughts.
So many thoughts and ideas run through our minds daily. Some stick, some come and go. Some of the ones that come and go could be important, but you forget about them. Because of this, I carry my journal everywhere. I will jot down thoughts and ideas often throughout the day. For example, I saw an Instagram account called “Toutes est temporaire.” I wrote this down to remember it, along with a couple thoughts about the quote. Going back and seeing past thoughts is amazing. You can see growth, make connections, and reminisce about certain memories.
The mere act of expressing yourself in a journal is a step towards accepting your complete self. Journaling provides a space to write down your thoughts without shame. It is a beautiful thing: to be able to be authentic and true.
Personally, I journal at all times of the day. Whenever a thought comes to mind that I want to remember, I write it down. There are some nights where I write for longer, though. Maybe I had an eventful night that I want to unpack. In this case, I light a candle, play some soothing music, silence any distractions, and get in touch with myself. This moment of peace only exists between you and your journal. In a busy world, moments like this are special and important. When you start journaling, you have the opportunity to feel more connected with yourself and the world.
What is Art?
by Yufei "Lillian" Xie
Water & Stone Intern from The Madeira School
I was troubled by this question since primary school. When my classmate had fun in art classes doing ceramics, drawing, and painting, I was doodling, and my mind went blank as my hands were hung in the air waiting for something to come up in my brain. I searched every corner in my mind; however, I could not even think of one interesting topic to draw about. All I had on my paper was a mix of different colors and lines. All messed up together. The teacher praised me as the "New Generation Picasso." I did not want to be "Picasso." Instead, I was more interested in becoming "Van Gogh" or "Monet," whose paintings are less abstract. The happiness in doing arts was never my thing. The frustration came up whenever I saw my friends creating beautiful sculptures or artwork. Never had I thought of myself as an artistic person, but the fact was that I was barely talented at all. Whenever it came to visual arts, I automatically turned into a numb fool whose creativity was hiding and could not be found.
As I became a high school kid, I realized that art is more than visual arts. There are many more categories such as performing arts, plastic arts, and decorative arts. The movie is art; Dancing is art; Music is art; Literature is art. Anything that involves creativity and imagination can be called "ARTS." I took Screenwriting and Creative Writing electives in high school, which turned out to be my passion. Rather than expressing my inner world with color and shapes, I prefer powerful words to illustrate my creativity. I enjoy creation with words and thus immersing my readers into a fictitious world. My writing is my art. My stories turn into hues when readers glance at them. My figures are moving and interacting every time the readers' fingers skim over the pages.
With coming of age, I acknowledge that people have different ways of voicing themselves through arts. Some choose to become actors, experiencing the character's life. In contrast, others compose music, telling their stories through beats and melodies. However, sadly, due to society's high-speed development, many have forgotten about their passion and love for a kind of art. They may have lost their hue, their notes, or their words along the way. In this internship at Water & Stone, I am given an extra opportunity to experience various arts in my work time. I try drawing each day and photo-taking. I enjoy how those forms of arts calm me down and inspires me to figure out the beauty in nature and daily life.
What is Art? This is a thorny question worth pondering and figuring out through a lifetime. Each individual has different definitions and experiences with this friend, but ultimately, we need to remember that it is indispensable. Art is the window for us to appreciate the beauty everywhere.
Emery started Water & Stone in 2015 to bring a more contemplative approach to health and wellness in NYC. She is inspired to combine her love of meditation, creative arts, and psychology to support others in bravely healing or daring to reach for dreams with the goal of living a fully engaged and fulfilling life. Since starting her company, she has gathered a diverse group of women with similar dreams to support people locally, nationally and internationally.