It Is That Time Of The Year Again #MondayMusings

I don’t believe in tarot cards (no offence meant to anyone who does), but when my blogging friend, Modern Gypsy, put out three cards on her Facebook page on Saturday and asked us to pick one, I chose card #2. The next morning, I read what her card reveal had to say : You’re bursting with new ideas that inspire you, and new opportunities that are bringing you renewed hope that your dreams will come true. All’s well in your world. Allow your hear to overflow with enthusiasm and let your light shine brightly. Go you!  I believed this. Because it is that time of the year again.

Every year, as November approaches, my mind goes into overdrive about what I want to do the following year. No, I’m not living in the future, just preparing for it. This year too it’s happening. I’ve started thinking about my ‘word for the year‘, looking back on whether I’ve lived according to it in 2016, looking forward to wonder what my word will be for 2017. I’ve started settling my cupboards. This morning I sorted my art stuff out. No, I’m not an artist, but in the recent past, I’ve started to dabble in art journaling.

Here’s what I found today – a collage that I made in February 2015.

 

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It got me all excited because then and now it has so much meaning for me. I plan to create a vision board too this year, as I did some years back.

It Is That Time Of The Year Again

So what if I’ve not been able to live up to many of my plans? I’m grateful for what I’ve managed to do this year and excited to dream and create in the year ahead.

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Is it that time of the year for you as well?

 

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Slowing Down To Get Creative #MondayMusings

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In a world where multitasking is king (or queen), slowing down to get creative does seem a bit odd.

We read enough about how to organize ourselves, how to make sure we carry out all we set out to do, how to keep up and stay ahead. But what if our frenetic activity, our attempts to be on top of things, our desperate need to be seen and heard on social media to showcase our creativity is the very thing that keeps us from being creative?

There’s much to be said for mindfulness and slowing down to be creative. I’ve experienced this  in my life. But it’s easy to forget and once again get caught up in the rat race.

Perhaps our need for speed comes from a fear of missing out. Ironic then, that it is exactly what causes us to miss out.

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Creativity requires focus, attention, and slowing down. Here are some things we can do to slow down.

Disconnect

Setting aside some time every day to turn off devices and notifications is a good way to start.  Try making time for a break during the day – during which you sit down and dream, go for a walk, read a book, or trying your hand at doodling. Actually, a one day a week of being ‘disconnected’ is the best.

Try Mindfulness

Living in the present and not worrying about the future or regretting the past can do a lot for creativity. Learning to eat mindfully and being present to others or taking in the surroundings on a walk are all important too.

Saying ‘No’

Learning to say “no” more often to things that don’t really matter, helps in slowing down. We don’t have to accept every commitment and invitation. All of us need space in our schedules to create.

Start Doing Less

Life is not a competition or a marathon. We must start being easier on ourselves. Stop comparing. Stop beating yourself up. Ditch those ‘to-do’ lists and instead make ‘These are the only things I’m going to do today’….

Stop Multitasking

Learn to single-task. Take one job at a time and focus on it until completion. It takes a little time to learn, but I promise the rewards are great –  you can actually be more efficient and your mind will be less harried.

If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up–to know that there’s life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else. – Natalie Goldberg

 

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The Thread That Leads You Back #MondayMusings

An ancient Greek myth tells of the monster, Minotaur, who hides in a labyrinth from which no one can find their way out. To end the constant stream human sacrifices that the monster demands, a young prince, Theseus decides to descend into the labyrinth and fight the monster. It appears that even if he successfully kills the monster, he’ll never find his way out of the labyrinth. Princess Ariadne, who was madly in love with him decided to help him. She gives him a ball of thread, which unravels as he descends. When he kills Minotaur, he is able to find his way back to through the labyrinth with the help of the thread.

The Thread That Leads You Back

Sometimes we can be consumed by darkness.  Dealing with  the consequences of our bad choices. The crushing of our dreams. Despair. Hopelessness. Our creativity is at its lowest. We’re lost.

Theseus had his thread to take him out of the labyrinth.  What’s the thread that leads us out of the labyrinth in our minds and hearts? How do we find our way back to ourselves?

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I have no answers for you. Because I need to ask myself this question today? What would your answer be?

 

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Authentically Mindful #MondayMusings

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I remember my Spiritual Director talking of mindfulness, without actually using the word, over 20 years ago. A wise old Catholic priest, he called it the Sacrament of the Present Moment. He advised me to read a book by the same name by a Jesuit Priest, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. In Catechism we learnt that a sacrament is ‘an outward sign of inward grace’. And truly the present moment can be a sacrament – because grace abounds, we just have to plug in to it.

I never did get my hands on the book, but I did attempt to understand what my Spiritual Director advised me to do. Learn to focus on the present moment and let it speak to me.

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With mindfulness being the buzzword today, I often see that it is easy to confuse it with some feel-good, positive mumbo-jumbo.

Mindfulness is not some wonderful calm state of mind with piped music playing in the background. I wish it was.

No. Mindfulness is all about being aware. And awareness is all about being authentic.

indfulness is not trying to wish away what is going on in your life.

No. Mindfulness is about being present to all that going on in life.

The present moment is likely to be bring pain, confusion, uncertainty and dark emotions.

Mindfulness helps you to focus on these and deal with them.

It helps you ask the difficult questions. What part of me needs to be healed? Am I using being busy as an escape from what I really need to deal with in my life?

Mindfulness is not some facile ‘happiness potion’. It’s pretty darn hard work, like anything else in life that matters. It demands courage.

Do you agree with my idea of mindfulness?

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