“Creativity reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and can increase a positive outlook and lead to a better immune system response.” ~Doreen Virtue
One of the best ways for me to live in the present moment is when I do creative endeavors. I never thought of myself as a “creative” person. I took my first art class in my thirties. In my first watercolor class I learned to mix colors and I thought it was magical; I entered another realm of time and space. On Wednesday’s I would leave work on time and attend a 3-hour painting class. During that time, I was in the now. All of the issues from work and in my life just disappeared from my thoughts. Art brought balance into my life.
I am currently reading Jean Haines new book Paint Yourself Calm. This is a book about creating mindfulness using watercolors; it is not a how-to book about creating masterpieces to hang on your wall. Jean states in her book, “Anyone can paint. Not only anyone, but everyone.” If you have never painted with watercolor and want to experience the joy of living in the present moment, then this book is for you. If painting is not your creative path, then you might try some other current trends including meditative coloring books and mindful doodling (Zentangle). There are many other ways to be creative too – you can be artistic when cooking, gardening, taking photographs, quilting, scrap-booking, making crafts, jewelry making, or whatever brings your focus to the here and now and lets your forget about your worries and regrets. Creativity is nurturing for our body, mind and soul.
What are your favorite creative activities? How can you find more time in your life to be creative?
Is there some creative activity that you have always wanted to try? If yes, get a book, sign up for a class, or watch an online tutorial and get started on a calmer new you.
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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