Art is The Craft of Life
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5 Actions to Reinvigorate Your Craft
We can all get swamped down and drawn through with life as it comes upon us but we do not have to! Everything that we do is simultaneously an inner and outer crafting. We craft ourselves, and the world around us. At times, for better or worse, the inner and outer become one in the same. Let us use this confluence to our advantage and create, or co-create, the life that we want instead of one that we do not.
There is an infinite array of ways to do this. There are really no limits to this when channeled through a good-natured interest in all that your life can be. My life has been about self-creation and also self-re-creation and I want to share some very simple and basic tips with you for how to do that. They are simple but wow do they have a lasting and powerful effect! I believe that the miraculous builds up from the mundane through good habits, meaning habits that speak to your innermost dream and conscience.
So have a look at these tips and rock!
Meditation has been a Godsend for me and I think it could be for you too! I do a practice of ten minutes a day and it really lasts all day long most of the time. I use Headspace but there are many options out there. It helps with staying calm throughout the day as good and bad things happen and seems to prime me for creative expeditions that I love to do like writing because my mind is at ease and in a more and more heightened state of awareness. I thoroughly recommend it. And Headspace has just one or two-minute meditations as well for those with not a lot of time. Check it out! You will not be sorry that you did.
This can be a tough one, for me anyways but it always seems to have a stimulating effect. It is so healthy to get out of your own head and on a regular basis if you can. It just seems to keep things fresh and gives you an opportunity to learn about someone else’s life for a change of pace. Creativity is often seen as a solitary act, however, talking over your ideas with another person seems to make them grow even more. Socializing is definitely a stimulator!
Exercising is key. Getting physically active just gets your body moving and helps to bring you to a fuller sense of awareness and being.
Journaling has been a practice that I utilize from time to time. I try and do it daily and as a writer, it is a good practice to have. But even if you do not consider yourself a writer you will surely benefit from getting your thoughts out of your head and down onto paper. Talk about your day or how you are feeling but also talk about the dreams and goals that you have and how you are going to achieve them! Constantly doing this helps to put your head in a good mode.
5. Do Something Traditionally Creative
In my conception of art as the craft of life I have de-emphasized doing conventional practices like drawing, painting, sculpting or even newer media in order to open up the pathways of the mind to look at one’s entire day as a creative enterprise. Nevertheless, I still write and I think that has been helping me in going forward. It seems sort of like learning from history to help build the future and arrive more fully in the present. Finding balance is key and working out what ratio is right for you!
Bonus: Drink water throughout the day as a way of doing something physically good for yourself and also as a way of reminding yourself that you have the power to change any habits that you do not like and replace them with good ones that help to make your life all that you want it to be!
I hope this list helps you in some small and humble way. Please be good to yourself and explore what happens when you begin to consider yourself and your life as an artwork. I find that I cherish myself, and my life more and find the nature of being alive to be more and more precious.
Be sure to comment below and tell me which tips are helping! To your health! To art! To the craft of life!