Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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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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I’d rather be . . . – WPC

Although I am quite content to be doing exactly what I am doing in the moment, whether that be washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow . . . Each daily task brings a sense of being in the moment, enjoying life. This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing, which is a bit hard when I sit here doing exactly what pleases me, so I will think about a nice sunny day and what I would rather do given the choice on such a day.

I’d rather be . . . sitting on my front porch with a glass of iced mint tea reading a book or, if the grandchildren were here, playing with the toys on the other end of the porch. There is nothing better than sun, sheer curtains dancing in the breeze on a nice warm, sunny day.

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If I were not home, I’d rather be . . .

Exploring woods and nature with my children and grandchildren . . . Hugging trees . . . meditating at the ocean, lake or stream while listening to the water . . . walking barefoot . . . Earthing . . . anything outside in nature . . .

I’d rather be . . . creating – taking photos, making jewelry, preparing blends of essential oil roller bottles, facilitating Vision Board classes . . .

I’d rather be . . . Sledding with my family at the golf course . . .

I’d rather be . . . Always with camera, book, and notebook maybe enjoying a latte and treat . . .

I’d rather be . . . Anywhere on the water enjoying my kayak, nature, birds singing, quiet of the evening . . .

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Enjoying simple pleasures – feeling very blessed. LIFE IS GOOD!

Now, it’s your turn. What would you rather be doing? If you’ve got more than one hobby, don’t be shy — you’re welcome to share the myriad ways in which you’d prefer to be spending time.

If you would like to view other photos submitted for this week’s photo challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rather/

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

Last month I went to visit my nephew in New Hampshire, USA and he brought us to do a little sight-seeing. One of the places visited was the glass blowing shop. The workers worked mindfully and cautiously as to not make a mistake. It reminded me that many crafts take a mindful approach and the creator must maintain an intense sense of the craft before him blocking out all interferences. Including the crowd that is standing around watching them as they create.

Do you think you are mindful enough when creating? This is a skill that many are lacking but can become part of your every day life.

Try starting today by eating mindfully – removing all distractions to include cell phones, television, radio, newspapers, reading material. Allow the sounds around you to swirl around your head but not enter into your thoughts. Be careful what you allow to enter into your thoughts.

If thoughts do enter allow them to be released for another time. Slowly breath in the scent as you bring your fork or spook to your mouth. Pay attention to the texture of the food on your tongue. Does it crunch when you bite or is it soft? Chew your food slowly a number of times before swallowing – try ten times. Feel the softened food on your tongue and as it flows down your throat into your stomach. Don’t take another bite for a few seconds, then repeat. Do you eat one item at a time or mix several together on your plate? Notice the colors, shapes, sizes, textures on your plate or in your bowl.

Enjoy of cup of tea. First by turning on the kettle to heat your water – not in the microwave. Watch the bubbles rumbling around the kettle and then the steam as it flows out from your cup as the water hits the bottom. What kind of tea have you chosen? A calming, energizing, green or black? Do you add cream, milk, honey, sugar? If so add these ingredients slowly. Watch the milk or cream disperse into the cup in a swirling flow. Is there a design in your cup? If you add honey can you see the honey melting into the tea water? When sitting down to enjoy your tea – sip it slowly. Take your time to really feel the warmth of the tea as it flows from your lips, mouth and down your throat warming you as it enters. Can you taste the flavors? Try not to drink this quickly, allow time for the enjoyment of the moment. Savor the moment without distraction of television, cell phone, computer. Maybe listen to some soft music or meditative sounds like bells or flute.

This is what the two craftsmen are doing with their glass creations. Slowly waiting for the piece to cool, to heat up, for each step to be taken at the right moment. They are living in the moment, enjoying their craft and life. As you can see there are no cell phones, televisions or other distractions – just the audience coming and going. The craftsmen do not stop to chat or even look up at those coming and going. They remained focused and careful of what was before them.

If you can create a mindful life your body, mind and spirit will thank you. Add in quiet time in nature and you will enjoy a well-lived life.

Time to enjoy a cup of tea while sitting outside in the colorful nature of autumn.

Love and Light!