Posts under tag: Creativity

The Art of Unplugging

The idea of unplugging is great in theory, but certainly difficult in practice. We are constantly bombarded with emails, texts, push notifications – it’s easy to feel spread thin, and like our attention is never our own. That’s why we love to take every opportunity we can to remind you to take a moment. Take a beat. Reflect on all that you are. Because you are enough.

When was the last time you didn’t look at a screen for an hour? 2 hours? A full day? We are so plugged in, it’s easy to forget that looking at a screen 24/7 isn’t great for us, physically or mentally. Perhaps start by taking note of your habits: do you pick up your phone as soon as you wake up? Before you even sip some water or say good morning to your loved ones? Acknowledging a habit is the first step to making change. Tomorrow morning, maybe have a glass of water, wash your face, take the dog out, and THEN pick up that phone.

After reading this, close your laptop, put your phone down. Step outside if you can. Take a deep breath, in through your nose, out through your mouth. AAAHHHH. Isn’t that nice? In the week ahead, try paying attention to your screen time; see if unplugging a little more than usual helps reduce those feelings of self-comparison and FOMO that social media so infamously creates. Observe how small conscious acts can truly change the way you *feel.*

We can’t wait to unplug with you in class this week!

Free Your Mind and Unlock Your Creativity

Do you ever feel stuck in a bit of a creative rut? You’re not alone. We have been there many a time (and will likely end up there again in the future). We talked about it a bit in this Instagram post.

It’s often not a lack of inspiration keeping us from fulfillment; it’s our focus on the busy, inconsequential chatter of our hurried thoughts. It’s difficult to access our infinite creative flow when we’re too caught up in the stories of our mind or too numb from all the patterns of behavior we use to distract ourselves from that chatter.

How often have you found yourself sitting at your desk to embark on a project you’ve been meaning to start, only to feel defeated after spending 45 minutes on a mind social media deep dive? Or felt crippled to begin at all because of some paralyzing narrative your brain has begun to weave? It can make us feel like our creativity is lacking or has abandoned us. But in reality, inspiration is waiting patiently for us, just beneath the clutter of our thoughts.

That’s why meditation can be such a powerful tool in unlocking our imaginations. We quiet the busy noise and create space in our consciousness for our brain’s ingenuity. Have you ever had an “aha!” moment in the shower? Left a challenging fitness class feeling inspired? Come up with a great idea during a long drive on an empty road? When we engage in activities that let our mind focus on one thing, suddenly it’s not focusing on all the other millions of things it usually likes to give its attention to. But these do not need to be limited to accidental moments of mindfulness, we can access them all the time through intentional meditation.

So here’s a quick meditation to start welcoming a little inspiration:

1. Find a quiet place – maybe at home, in the office, outside on a park bench.
2. Set a timer on your phone for 1 minute. Yep, that’s all you need.
3. Sit down and begin to take deep inhales through the nose and exhales out through the mouth. On your third exhale, gently allow your eyes to flutter shut.
4. And then just observe your breath. Notice its quality, where you feel it in your body, you can even start to count it. And as soon as your mind starts to wander to a thought or feeling, gently draw it back to your breath. When your timer goes off, open your eyes and take a moment before getting up and carrying on with your day.

And if you think you might benefit from a little more than a minute of mindfulness, join us for our regularly scheduled Chorus classes.

We can’t wait to see you there!
Ali & MK

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