|I have been on a creative surge of late. And the benefits have been numerous; and not just because I have something to show for my labor.
While learning how to make glass beads, which is fast becoming an addiction, I have discovered that intense focus on the art has freed my brain to expand creatively in other areas, too. There is something very Zen-like about staring into a flame and deeply concentrating on evenly rotating a mandrel in one hand while simultaneously heating a glass rod in the other. All time, all cares, all thought evaporates in the laser focus of the moment.
Oh, the anticipation while the kiln does its job! I so want to peek inside. I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve:
And, because there are no guarantees that the bead will survive the kiln, I have learned to let go of attachment.
So, what have I learned from this experience? I’ve learned that getting my creative juices flowing in one area
so, here’s to the celebration of creativity,
10 Tips for More Serenity in Your Life
Serenity, that elusive, but much sought after state of mind. When was the last time you felt truly peaceful? If it’s been
Here are some tips I have found useful for adding more serenity to my life. Hopefully these also can be antidotes to your busy,
Tip #1: Practice daily gratitude. First thing in the morning,
Tip #2: Laugh at yourself. Often. Humor makes everything
Tip #3: Check in with your breathing. Is it steady and even?
Tip #4: Recognize you have choices. How you react to the drama of your life is your choice.
Tip #5: Forgive yourself. Let go of past “shoulds” and
Tip #6: Create a refuge or sanctuary. This can be as simple
Tip #7: Keep your inner child alive and well. Find something
Tip #8: Share the love. Help someone in need. Volunteer. Give
Tip #9: Go out into nature. Reconnect with all of your senses.
Tip #10: Be in the moment. Be right here, right now. Let go
Wise words from Sophocles: Look and you will find it — what is unsought will go undetected.
When are you going to start looking?