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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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WPC – Chaos

This week, let’s embrace disorder and its creative power.

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~ Deepak Chopra ~

When starting to prepare a vision board it can look a bit chaotic. The table was filled with magazines, scissors, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, and poster board. Each individual had the same magazines to select from and would share once they had a chance to look through the letters, words, and photos. Each person had stacks of magazines and small piles of cutout photos or words in front of them.

When preparing a vision board it is always a good thing to think about one year, five-year and ten-year goals. Each one building on the other. Thinking about how you would like to feel once you reach your goal is very helpful. If you want a certain car – is it the actual car or a feeling/emotion you are reaching for. This is important to think about because once we receive the material object, the health, the relationship, the career the feeling is fleeting. Think about when you purchased a car, house, jacket or boots that you really wanted. How long did the joyous feeling last? Many times until there was a stain on the seat of the car, a major repair on the house, a rip in the jacket, water spots on the boots. What we are really in search of is a feeling of love, compassion, respect, accomplishment, knowledge . . .

The process begins with individuals cutting out anything they like. Then, going through the cutouts and seeing if it ‘speaks’ to them. Is there an emotion invoked when looking at or thinking about the cutout? If not, that is placed aside and will not find a place on their boards. Another person at the table might see this and decide to place it on their board.

A vision board can provide direction, steps to take to reach both short and long term goals. Preparing a vision board with others, as we did at the Stillwater Library, can be fun. Others will provide support and encouragement during the process. Paying attention to your language and attitude while preparing your vision is just as important. Others creating with you can bring negating words to your attention. Someone placing health and a picture of a strong body on their board might say “Yeah, as if this will ever really happen.” Well, it won’t if that is the way you feel when placing this on your board. You have already negated the possibility. We all know people who have been able to succeed and lose the weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, relocating and finding new careers, healthy relationships and such. Anything is possible. Once you have a vision, think about steps to take to reach that vision and you’re on your way. Some of the women who participated in this activity wanted a new vision board because they had already accomplished everything on their previous board they had created two years prior.

You can create a Vision Board on your own, in the comfort of your own home as well. However, getting together with others, although a bit chaotic at first, begins to flow in a rhythm as the magazines are divided and everyone has scissors, paper, and glue stick. Playing meditative music also helps with the flow and rhythm. Sharing your vision board with others is a fun experience and brings the vision into a state of reality in the minds of all present. Each board is unique to the individual who created it – no two alike. Here are a few examples:

If you can get together with your vision boards two or three months later it can provide a supportive experience. Each person shares how close they are to manifesting their vision. Others in the group listen and provide encouragement. Plus, you might just develop new friendships.

Have you transformed chaos into something creative and inspiring? Please share your experience.

If you would like to view more entries for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/chaos/

Love and Light!