Friday, December 14, 2012

How to Create a Spiritual Vision Board

Have you ever created a Vision Board? You’ve probably seen one on Oprah before…it’s a collage of images carefully selected to represent the things, people, experiences and feelings you want to attract or create in your life.  The idea is that the Vision Board serves as a visual reminder of our dreams and goals and helps us turn those thoughts into reality. Even the process of creating a Vision Board enables us to consciously dedicate our attention to the kind of life we want to live.

Several years ago, I began making Spiritual Vision Boards – colorful collages or art boards that center around a scripture quote or life verse. The process is somewhat of a spiritual retreat for me, and the outcome is a daily reminder of my commitment to living my faith.

Here’s how to make one of your own:

Step 1: Select a scripture quote. Any Bible verse that seems to be calling your name. Don’t overthink this part. You can make it easy and choose my verse if you want!

Step 2: Gather your supplies: a poster board or art journal; paint, markers or colored pencils; magazines, stickers or colorful paper; glue stick, rubber cement or craft paste; any images or phrases that inspire you. Some great resources are greeting cards, Christian magazines such as P31 Woman and materials from Bible studies you’ve attended.

Step 3: Set the tone. Play some inspirational Christian music. Light a candle or use your favorite essential oil for aromatherapy. Be sure you have an hour of time where you will be uninterrupted so you can fully immerse yourself in the creative process and use the time to reflect on God’s message.

Step 4: Create! Start wherever you feel most comfortable – you may want to paint or sketch an image on your poster board or journal paper. Or you may prefer to flip through the magazines and tear out images and words that resonate with you and arrange them on the board. Just cover your paper, overlapping images and adding decorative items like ribbon or stickers. Be sure to add your life verse somewhere on the board!

Step 5: Reflect. Find a place to hang your Spiritual Vision Board where you will see it daily. Take 10 minutes a day to reflect on the images and say a prayer. My Spiritual Vision Board serves as a daily reminder of my life verse. It invites me to devote my attention to the verse every day and it conjures up memories of the nourishing and rejuvenating retreat I attended.

This is the perfect activity for a girls’ weekend, solo retreat or even a snow day with the kids. Do you have a life verse? Share it with me here (no pressure!).

Today's Blog Post By: Theresa Ceniccola is The Christian Mompreneur—a mentor to moms who are running a business that supports faith and family. As president and founder of the International Christian Mompreneur Network, she empowers entrepreneurial moms to build profitable businesses with wisdom and grace. Join the International Christian Mompreneur Network for free and receive the Ten Commandments of a Mompreneur toolkit!

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