Hello SOTGC community,
There is something special about engaging in a creative activity, whether it be painting, dancing, singing, creative writing, or anything in between, that places the human spirit in a state of “flow.” This is a state where you can lose your sense of time, and focus your thoughts and energy in the present moment; in essence, a state of mindfulness.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my best friends and I spent the afternoon at a pottery place downtown where we put our creativity to work in order to design and paint our own coffee cups! We both decided to cover our mugs with inspirational quotes and symbols of things that make us happy; we both wanted these art projects of ours to serve as an extra dose of motivation that one sometimes requires when working late nights or, in our case, when attempting to memorize the neural pathways of the eye–or any other organ for that matter.
Our afternoon left us feeling rejuvenated and the entire process was so lighthearted and enjoyable! As we sketched out our designs in pencil, asked each other for advice on color selection, peacefully painted our pieces with even (and some not-so-even) brush strokes, and intermittently filled the calming silence with chatter about our latest life stories, I was transported back to a blissful time of arts and crafts and finger painting.
This experience had me start thinking about how nurturing one’s creativity can be an excellent and liberating way by which one can a achieve work-life balance. Your mind has the chance to wander, but, at the same time, by focusing on the task at hand, you are simultaneously presented with a great opportunity to be mindful and fully engaged in the present moment.
Thus, my dearest readers, when you need a break from life’s hectic pace, I highly recommend grabbing a friend and spending a couple of hours doing something creative. It will leave you feeling calm, collected, and inspired.
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