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Creative Mindfulness

Creative Mindfulness

Inspiration in the present moment

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Welcome back to The Stress Less Pencil, where we're on a mission to infuse your day with a dash of creativity in just a few minutes. I'm Lorena, ready to guide you through another creative journey.

Today, let's dive into 'Creative Mindfulness.' It's not just a buzzword; it’s a powerful tool to unlock our creative potential. And mindfulness has also been shown to have a positive impact on our wellbeing. It definitely had on mine.

Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment, fully engaging with what's around us. When we're mindful, we notice the subtle beauty of our daily life, the textures, colors, and patterns that we usually overlook.

So here’s a little exercise: As you go about your day today, take a moment to really observe your surroundings. Maybe it’s the way the light filters through your window, the intricate pattern of leaves on a plant, or the hum of the city, or the rain on your window. Allow yourself to be fully present, even for just a moment.

Now, with that fresh in mind, let's channel it into creativity. Can you draw something inspired by what you observed? Write a few lines of poetry or even just describe it in detail in a journal?

This practice isn't just about creating art; it's about training your brain to see the wonder in the world. It's about slowing down, noticing more, and letting that feed your creative soul. As John Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, says, 'Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.'

I'd love to see or hear about your mindful observations and creations. Share them with us on Substack or Instagram at the stress less pencil. Let's celebrate the beauty of the present moment together.

Join me in the next episode as we tackle one of the biggest challenges in creativity: overcoming the fear of the blank page. Until then, I’m Lorena, encouraging you to find inspiration in the now.

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The Stress Less Pencil
The Stress Less Pencil Mini-Pod
Creative prompts for happiness - your weekly guide to using creativity to manage the stress and emotional ups and downs of life. A bit like yoga or meditation, but with colours 🌈✏
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