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On creativity (pt I of probably a whole series)

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This might become a post which is partly “everyday-philosophy”, partly gratitude related.

I am in the very lucky Situation to have not only amazing friends per se, and also, there is a deep exchange about creativity. A wonderful day spent at my Long-time friend U.’s house yesterday, 7 hours of crafting and talking and happy-sighing lies behind me time wise but is still present in my heart. A talk to my friend A. a few days ago about how it feels to do creative activities, how you define creativity and how often you want creativity in your life keeps ringing in heart and head, too. Both talks make me deeply grateful and inspire me in ways I can hardly put in words. Ideas spark ideas, and I am well advised to Keep a paper and pen attached to my Body. Very deep written into my soul’s interests are Tara Leaver’s thoughts on creativity – you can read them in her amazing book “Creative Spark” and her blog.  

Am I an exception there? No. And here’s my theory:

If you make room for creativity, if you make creative Actions a Habit in your every day life, even if it’s “only” for ten minutes a day, you will notice a Change in your thinking. Maybe even more, if you commit to a form of Meditation, this is a particularly personal take on things and also said with grateful experience. I started a morning Habit of sitting Meditation in April 2012 and have kept to it ever since, days having missed out I can count on my two hands. After having found about Tara’s take on artmaking, I found myself several times a week, drawing, sketching, etc. on index Cards, in sketchbooks, or being inspired by wonderful Susannah Conway and Journal my heart out, or girly with masking tapes and Stickers to decorate away happily.

But sketching, drawing, writing and decorating are just a few examples of creativity, or, they are the outside result of a creative Soul pursuing her need to act out on ideas. The creativity takes place inside and you take Actions. Here is a list (a list, imagine that, dear freuqent Reader ^^) of things I personally consider as creative, although These things might turn very left brained, too, admittedly.

The things many People agree to call creative:

  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • sculpting
  • sewing
  • writing short stories/poetry/fiction
  • land art
  • film making
  • photography  …

You get the Point, right?

A bowl of veggie soup ..as a way to make someone feel home. Works for me.

A bowl of veggie soup ..as a way to make someone feel home. Works for me.

 

 

Something very sweet  I read in Tara Leaver’s Creative Spark and on her blog:

baking or cooking. She suggests that when you turn away from easel or desk and you feel uncreative, yet you feel like bringing Forward something, cooking a simple recipe might be a very good thing to do.

What do you do when you bake a cake or cook a veggie Rice recipe for example? You Combine. You measure. You decide. lots of things involved in every creative process. Quod erat demonstrandum. 🙂

What I would like to add to a creativity list:

  • decorating the Apartment
  • developing a concept for a particular purpose
  • planning a Party
  • simply Setting a table
  • plucking flowers and arranging them to a Bouquet
  • organizing your day with our without day planner (not the right blog post to get me started on the creative use of my filofax ^^)

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Please feel invited to add to this list, as it’s far from being enough. And I am so curious. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

 

Let me add this wonderful blog post in case you feel the list bit curious about making time and space for creativity in your life:

http://taraleaver.com/2014/10/how-to-find-time-for-art-in-a-busy-life/

 

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Some personal thoughts on contemplative artmaking

Mandala doodle over a circle smooshed with gel medium and acrylics

Mandala doodle over a circle smooshed with gel medium and acrylics

concentric circles. tons of layers, a 'few' spoons of texture paste...and a dark greyish purple mud structure getting a brighter existence. the Feeling of having managed to "brighten it up" was similar to a Situation in social life getting cleared up

concentric circles. tons of layers, a ‘few’ spoons of texture paste…and a dark greyish purple mud structure getting a brighter existence. the Feeling of having managed to “brighten it up” was similar to a Situation in social life getting cleared up

Two friends and I did this swirl in the Spirit (unlike the skills ;) ...) of Tibetan Monks. Lesson to learn: Patience, being in the Moment, letting go

Two friends and I did this swirl in the Spirit (unlike the skills 😉 …) of Tibetan Monks. Lesson to learn: Patience, being in the Moment, letting go

Working on "Buddha faces" - Stockmar crayons

Working on “Buddha faces” – Stockmar crayons

My major motivation to take a brush/Crayons/pens&pencils out to start creating something is to do something contemplative.

-the movement of your Hands,

-breathing with awareness,  witnessing of what goes on inside while making a particular brush stroke for example

-the choice of colours and shapes

-the choice of style and the activity of building layers, including natural ingredients such as smaller twigs or sand, tiny pebbles or a sea Shell

can be consciously chosen to develop a contemplative mind set – so circular movements are my favourites to deal with my “crazy monkey mind” (as Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche would put it)  – If you haven’t experienced it, just take some colour and a big Piece of paper and start making circles ….but: without the inention to create perfection. Witness the Feelings and sensations while doing so.

The results often are precious to me. And it’s not in the first place because I think the end result is so outstanding and good, it’s more like I have a Souvenir of a process which was unique and very likely to having taught me something about myself.

You see some of the latest ‘souvenirs’ in this post.

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‘Life is about using the whole box of crayons’ – (Unknown; source: Pinterest)

Enso - the first ever. The love for ensos was born that day and hasn't left ever since.

Enso – the first ever. The love for ensos was born that day and hasn’t left ever since.

‘Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time’ – Thomas Merton

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Lists have a value way beyond grocery shopping and writing down your to-do’s

This late morning, I took the bus from my quarter to the other end of the City . Next to me, there was an old Lady, who spread such a calmness and comfortable quietness:

She sat there, her numerous farmer’s market Shopping bags at her feet, deeply sunken into reading her book.      

I just liked e-verything about this Impression:

  • The way she sat in the bus like it was a comfy armchair in a quiet surrounding, totally living in the moment and enjoying her book
  • The way he solemnly Held the book in her Hands (and noticing that I often seem to notice things like that, that I am moved by how people treat their books…)
  • The fact that she loves reading on the bus, something she and I share.
  • (…)

As someone who is into journalling, keeping sketchbooks, art journals and other Notebooks in the same period of time, I decided to refresh my list of

Simple Everyday things I love

Ok then. Back home. Getting the particular Notebook (to which I’ll be referring more detailed in a bit), opening it and reading my list about the Topic like mentioned above.  

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The black book under the pen and the “post-it-Gallery” is the very HBOL (happy book of lists)

Goosebumps! Because I only list happy things. and now the beans are spilled.

yes, I Keep a list book: “The happy book of lists”

I also do lists for grocery Shopping and cleaning up the rooms in my Apartment, Long days full of work…but this is of course not what I am talking about here. I cannot even remember when exactly I started making happy lists so consciously, but it must have been around the time when I took part in an intensive Basic Life-/Work-Planning Workshop

(a ressource-oriented, alternative Approach to ‘job-huntin’, Nelson-Bowles is name connected to this Approach, and “what colour is your parachute” is a book which introduces many of These ideas. Highly recommended, even if you are sure not to leave your Job for the next 30 years!)

However…in this Workshop you list things to get closer to your interests, for example sorted by your senses plus other criteria, such as “which Kind of Magazine attracts you”… Anyone who has experience with Coaching might think this sounds familiar (yes, of course).

You don’t have study positive psychology – though it’s something I have on one of my lists ; ) to get how the lists can positively affect your mood.

At least as far as I am concerned. Reading listed things I love, sorted by Topic (I’ll get to this in a minute) – feels Kind of…”getting connected” or like “a circle closing” or just like fulfillment.  Here is an example of a list which gives me wings:

simple life pleasure you can’t buy:

  • seeing someone solemnly reading a book and Holding this book like it was a treausre
  • seeing my two rabbits “tidy up” the fresh hay right after I put it into their ‘villa’ ..mindfully taking every bit of it and finding the perfect spot for it on the ground
  • the smell of a match after lighting a candle
  • the smell of whitebread with sugar crust in the kitchen
  • coming into a coffee scented room
  • watching a child walk around, holding the ‘paw’ of a plush animal in the hand, with this seriousness those short ones have.
  • the Sound of my small Brown coffee Cup when I put it on the saucer
  • the poppy- and cornflowers bowing when I drive past them on the countryside in summer… on my way to work
  • the light in the Loggia in late afternoon.
  • The warmth of the dark Brown wooden window frames between kitchen (which is mostly kept in a mix of cinnamon Brown, creamy White, chocolate  brown …) and Loggia, and how warm this feels when the sun shines into the Loggia, the shadows of the Little cherry tree being cast into the Loggia
  • sitting on my Meditation cushion, smelling incense and breathing deeply
  • the Sound of my graphite pen on paper, which is attached to a wooden board.
  • the rest of acrylic colour on the Palette.
  • the old teapot and the slight scent of my favourite tea which clings to it
  • my art supplies in the Loggia and the easel – wating and calling out to me   😉

After getting Long-term inspired by the books about art-making and creativity by

  • Tara Leaver
  • Sara Ahearn Bellemare (‘Painted Pages’ – an Approach to creatively using your Sketchbook and developing paintings out of it)
  • The online Project ICAD = Index Card a Day http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/icad/icad-faq.html
  • and ‘Drawing your Life by Michael Nobbs

(see, a list again…haha) I am starting to use the idea of Michael Nobbs to draw everyday things surrounding me, like a teapot for example, an Impression of an Artist presented by Sara Ahearn Bellemare, who draws ALL her to-do lists, such as “what to pack for vacation” (looooove this idea), (…….)

  • to draw, (coloured pencils and beeswax Crayons preferredly)
  • sketch,
  • make Little collages
  • print with rubberstamps

So you get pictures who go right to your heart. I have about 12 or 13 index Cards so far. but the pile is growing. And before letting you  off the hook for your Saturday, dear Reader, imagine this:

Having a box of Pictures showing your personal (and personally crafted!) happiness-triggers! Imagine that! The winter might be Long and I can only speak for myself but at some Point after all the Holidays, the lack of ligth is getting a Little …old.. and I will be happy to Charge up by getting my box and looking at my happy artworks. (To mention the list-word one last time haha, so far, my finished index Cards came from words on the ….you know…lists. No, I am not Monk’s sister by the way hahahahaha)

Please, pretty please, dear Reader, if you have Ideas which anyhow relate to the ones introduced here…please share them, I am very interested in new approaches!

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The August Break – Day #26 – yes

Sitting on this meditation cushion for about 400 days so far has taught me a lot about saying yes to situations, emotions, things which are not always easy to accept.

Sitting on this meditation cushion for about 400 days so far has taught me a lot about saying yes to situations, emotions, events, moods…. generally things which are not always easy to accept. Wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

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What’s in your bucket?

 

Empty Bucket at Punta Del Este

Empty Bucket at Punta Del Este (Photo credit: longhorndave)

Once (literally: once in about 48 hrs) my wireless Connection is working I feel like sharing this lovely post about the full bucket by Cathy from sunny California.

I just discovered her Website and blog and invite you to do the same, seems worth it big time!

Let’s say, we are talking metaphorical buckets here, those ones you’d carry around aged 2-5, transporting precious things in it and maybe experiencing a lack of space and things falling out because of that. So then you’ll have to handpick what belongs into your bucket and what has to go. This is the idea, let Cathy explain it to you:

 

http://designlifeproject.com/2013/08/16/a-full-bucket/
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The August Break – Day # 15 – books [I could post about five hundred photos to this prompt! But I will limit the choice ;-) …]

Aaaaaaaaaaah books! How happy I was to see that Susannah Conway included this theme in her prompt list. My head was spinning earlier while taking photos and looking at archives on my Computer .. too many ideas, so much love for books. I started to read aged 5 because I had fallen for books the  very moment I was able to pick them up and carry them myself, probably aged 3 or so. 🙂

As I so love everything about books, not only the written lines but also the smell, the weight, the paper, the marks and little “scars” they get after a while, I will stay old-fashioned and really can not imagine to purchase some cold electronic device to read a book. Blogs…ok, yeah, love to. But books will be books made of paper as far as I am concerned.

In the photo of the book pile you see the books which are the closest to my heart, which I take and open almost every day.

A good book to me is a book you can open at any page and read and you will feel good or fulfilled just by reading a few lines. These books you can see most certainly have this wonderful effect on me.

For those of you who are curious about the Details, the books are:

Ennenbach, Matthias: Buddhistische Psychotherapie. This means, very easy to figure out, ‘buddhistic psychotherapy’.

   It’s written by a very, very experienced, philantrophic, unique, widely talented psychologist, psychotherapist, seminar teacher, who has developed with a lot of heartfelt energy, his own therapy method using a deep knowledge of the buddhistic teachings and having understood how much buddhism appears as psychology. It’s a scientific book but it has this personal level, as the author is able to really address the reader. It’s also a Fusion of western psychology and partly neuroscience and the basic buddhistic teachings. I got the book shortly after its release and have read it as a whole at least 4 times yet, not speak of just opening it and reading a few lines. It’s soothing and uplifting and very deep. The book is very encouraging to start Meditation and Shows up wonderful ways to deal with it as well as describe why Meditation makes so incredibly much sense. It’s being translated at the moment and is said to be released in English in September. I will sure post something about it when the release date is public.

Ennenbach, Matthias: Der Tod des Dalai Lama (The death of the Dalai Lama).

This is a novel which describes the live of his holiness, the XIV. Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, up from Young Age. No, the author isn’t morbid at all, he tries to explain the different levels of consciousness as they are seen in buddhistic teachings. Milarepa and Machig Labdrön also have important roles in this outstanding novel. It’s a novel for readers who want to learn about buddhism but not via classic introduction literature. As you have probaly noticed, the author is the psychotherapist mentioned as the one having written the book “Buddhistische Psychotherapie”. He definitely knows how to write a novel, and you can tell he really knows a lot about both, psychological development and buddhism, you can tell by the way he lets the characters act and talk. This book is such a bliss.

Ortheil, Hanns-Josef: Die Erfindung des Lebens. (‘The Invention of life’).

This is a book which a dear friend recommended with the words “I always went to nice spots in the park or my favourite Café to read this book. I don’t want to rush it, this book is just too good …” Well, this made me curious. And so, I got it just a few days later, more or less exactly 2 years ago in my summer break. Thank god it was the summer break. Because I sure did not have my friend’s discipline, I had to read and read and read… This novel with strong autobiographical traits takes place in Cologne (where I lived for about 6 years), Rome and a lovely little village called Wissen an der Sieg, about an hour from Cologne on the countryside at the river Sieg – fields, little hills, wild flowers, nature’s Beauty at its best. The Story is about Johannes Catt, the Storyteller, who used to turn mute aged 3 as his mother had fallen mute after traumatic experiences after the loss of four children. He describes his growing up from aged 5 to his early twenties, while he is sometimes switching to the present, writing his novel in a small Apartment in Rome. After being mobbed at school in first grade because he didn’t talk, (but played piano for hours at home aged 6) his father takes Johannes to his family in Wissen and teaches him about trees, rivers, animals, gives him space to do his beloved piano practice and gives him small tasks to fulfill at the grandparents’s farm. By this, father and son discover that when the boy sketches the things he is seeing and writes down a descriptive sentence, he can remember the letters and quickly learns to write. Not long after that he even starts to talk… it’s such an amazing Story, quite heavy at times, but so deep and poetic!

Ortheil, Hanns-Josef: Liebesnähe (“Love-closeness”):

It’s the same author, and it’s the 3rd book of a love-trilogy, each part an own Story. This one is about a man and a woman meeting in a Hotel and the surrounding wonderful landscapes and very slowly pick up communication while falling for each other (or rather the other way around), yet they choose not to directly talk to each other. They send each other signs and a bookstore-owner, who is …somehow…connected to both of them, is being helpful when needed. This Story is amazing and very unique, very intense and sensual, too. What I  also love about this book is that it mentions other books I have discovered, such as Basho’s wonderful Report of his hike in Japan (“The narrow Road through the deep North”) or the pillow book by Sei Shonagon.

Oh goodness, I can’t go on writing so much about the books. it’s supposed photo blogging after all.

Well well.

Bowley, Flora: Brave intuitive painting

This book is a gift to everyone who wants to start painting. Amazing photos, amazing texts to make you run and get your art supplies and start painting. I often leaf through this book to get inspired for a spontaneous painting session. the ideas she offers are beyond precious. Check out her Website: www.braveintuitiveyou.com I like that Flora herself loves to do yoga Stretches or meditates before getting the brush, she also teaches Workshops and yoga/Meditation seem to be a part of it.

Leaver, Tara: Creative Spark         (www.taraleaver.com)

This book has been such a gift, such an Inspiration to me that I often carry it with me when I am taking the bus, just flicking it open and read whatever the page opened offers to me. Tara is an amazing Artist and I love the way she encourages to get your “creative spark” ignited, she sure knows what she is talking about. I love her “spark jar” so much (a collection of prompts to help get you started written on little papers and put in a jar so you can draw a prompt to get started) and just everything about this book. It’s a deeply spiritual book to me, too.

Conway, Susannah: this i know

I discovered Susannah ‘s book, and yes, without her I might not be in the Blogging world yet, by the way, through a column she writes in the Magazine “The simple things”. The first few lines were so good that I did a little Research and found her book which I ordered like rrrrright away. It speaks to me, it really does. So beautifully composed in photo and text, so honest and soothing, so inspiring. well, I could “blame” her getting my new camera because her way of talking about photography sure had me appreciate taking photos even more.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Ich pflanze ein Lächeln (english title: peace is very step)

Well, what can I say? I sometimes see old people in parks or the local bus getting old prayer books out of their bags, opening them and having a solemn look about them while starting to read. This book has the same effect on me I guess, as the first one mentioned, Buddhistische Psychotherapie, has, too. I am more than happy to say that I had the Chance to listen to Thich Nhat Hanh giving a Dharma talk in Waldbröl and this day I will never Forget – that much I know.

Dear Readers:

This is a whole lot of text for a photography Project, I know…. I know (and I even forgot poor Hermann Hesse, but in short Terms, reading his Narcissus and Goldmund or Siddharta gets me all dizzy because of this intense, beautiful words he uses…). But blame Susannah. She put books on her prompt list. and books have even more letters, don’t they? I am quiet now and Show you the pics.

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There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Interested in picking up meditation practice? Feel invited to listen to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – a very authentic meditation teacher..

While starting Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s wonderful book “Joyful Wisdom..” after having enjoyed his “Joy of Living” last year during my stay in Greece, I was so eager to share his unique insights with everyone who is interested in meditation.

As somebody who has usually a hard time sticking with new habits but having meditated each and every day since May 5 2012 I am by far not anything Close to enlightened…:) ..but I would go so far and call me a witness of how much sense meditation can make.

 

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Cover via Amazon

 

I am always curious about other people’s meditation habits – so, if you feel like sharing your ways to meditate and your experiences: you are welcome to comment.

Namasté,

Nic

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Thoughts on the book ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ [~Buddhistic Art of Living] by Matthias Ennenbach

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This post is written with a good handful of enthusiasm, thankfulness and ..hopefully…also mindfulness. It’s about a book to which I have been looking forward for quite a while, which has made me curious and very certain that it will be as amazing as all the other publications by Matthias Ennenbach.

The new book was released at the end of May, so just a few weeks ago. It’s about applying buddhistic teachings for your inner liberation in everyday life, as the subtitle of the book says.

So now, what is meant by inner liberation?

What it is not:

-it’s not a denial of all material aspects in the modern world.

-it’s not about shaking off all emotions

-it’s not about letting go of everything, because, well, does it matter at all?

This book introduces the basic buddhistic teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths and manages to put them into the context of our modern, western, everyday life and the challenges arising out of this. The first part of the book explains, why people in our western society are able to ‘make profit’ of buddhism – for example by getting to know the origins of our thoughts. Knowing about our inner mechanisms, such as attaching (not accepting impermanence), resistance or ‘confusion’ you can start to observe your mind mindfully.

How does this work? Matthias Ennenbach explains how developing a stable Meditation practice will help to “examine” your mind and to become aware of your inner patterns much sooner. He says, very clearly, that it isn’t about liberating yourself of emotions but amidst your emotions. Quite unlike other publications which stop by explaining why meditation makes sense, the author stresses how important it is to apply the insights of your meditation practice to your social- and work-life.

The book offers a sort of reframing of the way you look at problems but also to the way you look at positive life events. Positive life events can turn into something painful and stressful as well, when you take them for granted, if you do not accept the impermanence of them or by wanting more and more and more of it. Problems in our lifes are often caused by the way we judge a situation. Or rather, by adding a judgement to everything we perceive, for example ‘The water is cold – it sucks I can’t go Swimming. How bad’ instead of just thinking “Today the water is cold’.

In ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ you find a very effective, very harmonic and structured way to reflect on your personal inner patterns (which lead to behavioral Patterns and finally form your character. The good new is: a change of direction IS possible!).  How does it work? Matthias Ennenbach introduces exercises and questions to ask yourself throughout the book to invite you to a more mindful life. He also stresses that everything he says about Buddhism (just like the Buddha said to his students) can be experienced by trying. It is not about just blindly following a dogma, it’s about acting and experiencing.

Just like the other 5 books the author released so far, this one is a real gem, a treasure of sorts and you can tell how much professional experience and how much of a deeply felt philantrophy made this book come to life.

And just like the other books this one, I mean, my copy, is a young, yet a proud carrier of sticky-notes already – and very likely to be read repeated times!

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365 days of meditation. Some thoughts on this.

IMG_1284 (341x512)    May I introduce to you:

   this is my dear zafu, which accompanies me for a while now. It’s already traveled to places with me, it has seen earliest  morning, deepest night, worries, gratitude, anger, luckily also peace, loving kindness, equanamity. happiness…   non-attachment, balance.

  In June, it will be at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, at the Day of Mindfulness with    Thich Nhat Hanh.

I cannot really say when exactly was the first day ever to meditate in some way. I’ve been doing it the one or other 

   way for quite a while.

What I do know for sure is, that for the past 365 days there has been not a single day without Meditation, even if it

   was only for 20 breaths as the roads were full of snow and I had to get to work ….

 

 

If you come to think that my middle name is “discipline” then please listen closely: It’s so not!!

A person I know, who published wonderful books about Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Matthias Ennenbach, [he works in hospitals and Clients in a private practice applying his own new form of psychotherapy, built by long personal experience, with heart and love,  called “Buddhistische Psychotherapie BPT ®” (=buddhistic psychotherapy)], has found a way to introduce, explain and recommend meditation which was so motivating, so encouraging, so touching, so structured… that I asked myself what I did all the years before getting my zafu….? 🙂 When the Edition of his first book will be released in English, you’ll probably find me posting quotes here.

However: When he said “why not getting up half an hour earlier in the morning and by this spend time meditating?…, I did the maths and got the 05:00 a.m. result. Oh yes. 🙂IMG_1262 (800x534)

about 200 and more of the past 365 days I did just this:

getting up at about 5 a.m., lighting a candle, lighting some incense, sitting down, more or less making sure to know I am breathing in, more or less making sure I am aware of  breathing out, trying not to attach to thoughts, whatever crosses my mind, enjoying inner peace (which comes and goes ^^) …

Besides noticing how really packed work days or emotionally charged situations started to become clearly less stress-loaded (and add this up for a couple of months and find yourself no longer counting down the days til the next Weekend or vacation so badly anymore….!!)  the morning Meditation had another wonderful effect:

 

 

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before starting, the mornings were scheduled for the usual stuff: shower, breakfast, a Cup of coffee Maximum, everything, just everything more or less for the next Phase of the morning to come: going to work. It all had no meaning in itself.

 

 

One important reason why getting up early stopped being hard is that by taking time to slow down even before you go to work or do other things at the Weekend,  you give your Mornings such a calm, friendly, peacful, healthy&healing purpose.No, it’s not always that peaceful, bright and happy in my head all the time but it is possible to shift to healing thoughts when you become aware of what is going on in your mind. Again: nope, not wearing a purple-sparkle unicornshirt over here, what I am writing is from experience which I am happy to make.

For this reason: the next 365 days have just started!

Dear Reader, please share your thoughts on Meditation, your Habits and your happy places with me if you like.

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Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

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Living a life of creativity, via music, books and films.

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Pictures of toes, pictures of feet, making the world a better place, one foot at a time.

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by Craig Strachan