Mindful☼Monday: Counter Mapping

Happy Monday. Let’s spend some time today getting our creativity flowing. For this Mindful Monday we’re sharing an artistic exercise introduced to us through Emergence Magazine, from their article about “Counter Mapping”.

“Counter Mapping”, a project created and fostered by Jim Enote – traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, is an attempt to create a catalog of maps that bring Indigenous perspectives back to the land. It asks people to reconsider what a “map” really is… lines, divisions, numbers, squares? Or impressions, relationships, surprises, spiritual guidance.

Enjoy the beauty of these incredibly counter maps here: https://emergencemagazine.org/story/counter-mapping/

And consider creating your own. What would your counter map of your hometown be? What about a counter map of your favorite place? What if you made a counter map that draws together multiple spaces, places, and times?

This project can be done in many ways, so don’t let time or materials limit you. Draw a counter map as you sit at your desk today, during your 5 minute break at work, or over lunch. Get your mind and your heart re-thinking and re-imagining the way we perceive land and “boundaries”… or perhaps boundlessness.

Photo by @animate.Earth

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