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Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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Mindfulness in Creating Wind Chimes

Creation of any type is an individualist endeavor even when in a group.

The sticks all have the same 6 holes – 4 for the beads and chimes with two on the end to hold the wind chime. Everyone has the same choices and sometimes will bring a few of their own. All have the same fishing line and crimpers. We take a few minutes to breath, I show them some techniques – many times only one or two listen because others are in their minds thinking. Then they are set to create.

It is always interesting to step back and watch the process. The perfectionists have the most difficult time creating. They want everything to line up, they are generally the same  people who were in their heads while the instructions were being shared. They want to know where to start even though the first step is always to go and browse the beads and trinkets. When done correctly, they will have looked over the beads more than once. Stopped to breath and visualize, taken a little paper tray or cup and filled with some of their choices.

Seed beads are a must because most of the beads have a larger hole and when tying a know in the fishing line – even if knotted twice – the bead will slide over the knot. The tiny seed beads are not really seen on the end product but result in success.

Once back at the table they will try to start stringing – they are reminded to design their wind chime, maybe go back and grab a different color or size and play with it a little before stringing. The perfectionists want to get started and have a difficult time waiting and designing. I’ll remind them this is a fun time, breath, play, there is no perfect creation and yet all will be perfect in the end.

I spend the next two or three hours running from one to the other, restating the process, assisting with knotting, and reminding everyone to breath and have fun. Two hours is never enough time especially if someone arrives 20 minutes late. It takes time for them to select items from the table, to figure out how to knot, where to place beads, and toward the end I am in a mad rush to assist with finishing their creations without actually creating the entire wind chime.

Truthfully, I love the process the most – guiding, slowing people down, sharing that this is a mindfulness practice, and to know in the end it will be perfect. Throughout every workshop those who struggle always love their end product and sometimes they are quite surprised at how long it took them to settle in and enjoy the process. It always amazes me that there are never two final products that are the same given everyone has the same selections. Their unique personalities shine through.

What do you do to bring mindfulness and peace into your life?

Love and Light

 

 


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Creating Wind Chimes

Have you ever discovered something that you love creating and never knew?

A year ago my granddaughter and I took a class creating a wind chime. The next week I picked up beads, fishing line, and went out in the back to find a piece of wood. The creative bug took over.

Now I facilitate my own classes – wind chimes, diffuser bracelets, and essential oil roller balls. The bracelets and essential oil roller balls are fairly quick and easy to create. When creating essential oils the longest part of the process is finding blends that provide an uplifting vibration. I love learning of the blends, adding tiny dried flowers, frankincense, myrrh, and small gems. When creating bracelets generally I will lay out the beads, walk away for a while and then return and pull the bracelet together. Wind chimes take much more time and they are the best way to slow down, breathe, and create mindfully.

When creating the wind chimes I may spend time in nature searching for some small branches. Once found I bring them to the basement to dry. They may sit there for a week, month or several months. Sometimes others will find them and bring them to me. last year my son and his wife traveled to Nova Scotia and returned with some finds for me. There has been a box in the basement awaiting my creativity. Recently I pulled out a couple of the pieces and brought them upstairs for some inspiration.

I pulled out the white cloth and began bringing out beads. Last year I created one with a theme of pink and crystals, then one with red and crystals. One hangs in the dining room and the other in the bedroom. In the morning I love waking to the rainbows decorating the walls and ceiling. When I return home the dining room floor and ceiling is decorated in rainbows. I find it quite magical.

This week I have been staying up at night laying out beads and creating two more wind chimes. I find it very relaxing and this experience helps you develop patience.

How you may be wondering?

Well each bead is placed on the fishing line, the line must be tied and a seed bead placed on the knot. This prevents beads with larger holes to slip through. Sometimes when tying the knot it is too far apart and the knot has to be untied and redone. Sometimes you are finishing the last line and while tying it to the top you cut the wrong piece of line. Time to redo the hole line of beads. Although I haven’t stopped to measure for exactness, the last try was pretty close to being even. Who wants perfection  – not me. The imperfection is quite beautiful.

This is what makes it difficult sometimes when facilitating a class. Many participating in the class want perfection. As they begin preparing their design everything must match. Not the case for my granddaughter, she chose different beads, some not matching, and her wind chime came out perfect. We had fun while learning. There were times when we had to redo the whole thing over but each left that first workshop with a completed project.

When facilitating I let the participants begin by picking out their beads knowing they would be back up to the beads to chose others. They forget the seed beads and sometimes try to forego the tiny beads until they begin and the larger beads slip over the knot. Then it is time to choose seed beads. Then the process starts all over again. I love witnessing their experience. They rearrange several times, become frustrated at this new experience. Happens every time. The chatting slows down and quiet sets in as each begins to focus, touching the beads, tying knots, as their brain shifts into mindfulness. Frustration transitions to a sense of calm and peace. The energy in the room shifts and it seems as if all the strangers have become friends sharing a caring, creative energy. It is a wonderful feeling, uplifting everyone at the same time. All tension brought into the workshop at the beginning is released.

When creating at my dining table I sit quietly, no music or television, just the quiet of the house. Sometimes I’ll change out the beads until it feels right. I’ve already drilled the holes – two extra for the line to hold the wind chime. Maybe five rows of beads, maybe four, it depends on the piece of wood chosen. When working on this after work I may stay there until midnight – time passes and I’m not aware.

Do you have a craft that you love so much all senses of time disappears while you are enjoying the moment? How often to you take the time to enjoy this experience.

Even if you take ten minutes a day for yourself, add something that you love into your day. You deserve at least ten minutes a day to create something – singing, playing an instrument, drawing, writing, woodworking . . . Try turning off the television and enjoy your own life – not someone else’s life .

Light and Love

 


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Living A Creative Life

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

Are you living your creative life?

Or, did you leave it behind when ‘life‘ got in the way.

I hear that quite often. “Oh I used to create jewelry when I was a teenager.” With this remark the person insinuates that creating is something for youth and not those with busy lives, families to care for, careers to focus on. My question is always “How much time do you spend in front of the television, on the computer, FaceBook, playing video games, or complaining about your situation?

What are we teaching our children? That life as an adult is stressful. That we leave behind our creativity as we get older. Creativity helps us maintain an open mind, to look at the world with creative eyes, to step out of our comfort zone. Don’t we want to raise children who are able to think for themselves, to think out of the box, to live a purposeful, interesting life.

 

Before I went to the bead store and picked up some beads and accessories I had no idea how to make a necklace, bracelet or wind chime. I took a class and watched a video then pulled out my items and started to create. The same with photography. I pulled out the camera and started enjoying taking photos of dew on leaves, then I was hooked.

 

Are you living a creative journey or just getting by thinking one day you will pursue your creative desires? I hear people say, “When I retire I’m going to get back into photography – paint – dance – learn how to play an instrument.” Why wait until retirement?

What if you decide that you will carve out an hour a week, or better yet, an hour a day of creativity time.

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” ~ Ken Robinson ~

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Over the last couple of years I have focused on adding more creativity into my life. Whether creating jewelry, experimenting with wire wrapping, creating wind chimes, drawing, using essential oils to create roller balls, using items found in nature with beads, creating book markers, hair clips, photography and writing. Did everything I made get shared with others? No.

The best thing was shifting from not knowing how, enjoying the learning experience and reaching out to learn. One step at a time, one day at a time, taking classes, watching YouTube videos and experimenting. The process was fun. We can’t expect to create a perfect product immediately. With time and practice we develop a new skill.

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Last year I started attending craft fairs to share my creativity – photos in frames, diffuser bracelets, necklaces, essential oils roller balls and other fun items. Just setting up the tables for the craft fair is a wonderful creative experience. Meeting new creative people is always fun and sharing ideas makes the event fun. If you had told me several years ago I would be sharing my craft at the fair I would not have believed you. What can you begin to create today?

Once you start the process it carries on to other areas of your life. For example, as a teenager and young Mom I created birthday cakes for nieces, nephews and my own children. Now that I focus on creativity, I am trying my hand at birthday cakes once again. Below is one that I made for my grandson last year – Monster trucks – his favorite.

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

If you are interested in exploring your creative side and would like some guidance please leave a message below or send an email to spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Returning to our creative self allows us to live on purpose and remember what brings happiness, joy, and excitement into our lives. We become the guide and shine our light for others. I look forward to hearing from you.

Love and Light!

 


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Fun Creating Wind Chimes

Have you ever created your own wind chime? We have been having fun creating wind chimes with many different items to include essential oil diffuser beads, crystals, buttons, sea shells, bells, colorful beads, wind chime tubes, charms, and many other items. Here are some photos of the end product from a class.

When sauntering in the woods or walking along the river bank I love to find small sticks to share with the class. Each person is given the same opportunity to select their wood, charms and choice of fishing line, string, wire or whatever else will hold their charms and wind chime. It always amazes me how given the same material each wind chime is unique. No one seems to want the same charms, beads, or shells. The end product is personal.

My wind chimes hang on my front porch and I love to listen to the light tinkling. It is a very peaceful sound especially as I lay in bed preparing for sleep.

If you are in the Albany, NY area on October 21, 2018 please join us for a wind chime class at A Place Called Om – 2022 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203-5014, United States. We will meet from 1 – 3 and plan to have a fun time learning how to create wind chimes. Everyone will take home their own creation for a small price of $20.

This is one of my favorite classes to facilitate. Each participants begins by selecting their material. Some will lay it out in front of them and organize the pieces. Others just start creating without thinking how their end product will look. Most will change their mind during the creative process. They may return to the material table several times as they listen to their creative voice guiding them through the process. What begins as a bit noisy becomes quieter as each individual goes within and creates using their heart and spiritual guidance. It is a beautiful thing to witness.

If you have created your own wind chime please share a photo. We would love to see and hear of your experience.

Love and Light!