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Mindfulness By Any Other Name (385)

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Mindfulness By Any Other Name

Episode 385 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — mindfulness….

In this episode of the CMP, some talk about mindfulness….. whatever that word means to you. I’m not someone who sits still doing nothing easily. I can sit still for hours…. if I’m working at my computer, doing something on my phone, knitting, sewing, or drawing. But I don’t like to just sit, hands still, and do nothing or watch something. So…. I don’t have eons of experience with mindfulness practices, if by mindfulness, you mean sitting, eyes closed, and contemplating your breath. (I’m considering giving this a better try — but I’d have to convince myself first of a reason.)

What I do do….. is use drawing as a way of slowing down, being more contemplative, quieting my thoughts, and balancing. For me, filling space is mindful.

Some general talk today about what’s going on out there, about contour drawings and the upcoming 100 Days Project, and then, a short guided contour-based mindfulness drawing exercise. It’s near the end, so stick with it.

Take care of yourself. Check on someone…. and in your groups…. check in.

 

Mentioned in this Episode (or Related)

This week’s show wasn’t filled with book talk and external references, but these episodes of the CMP are related to things talk about today. Others might come to mind for you, but here’s a short list:

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A note about Trello: I’m feeling really productive with my reading and my “To Read” list this year using Trello. I use Trello for other things, including tracking my 50 Before 50 list, but I am finding new book lover’s peace this year with Trello boards set up to help me keep track of books I want to read, Kindle books I snag on a deal, books I hear about in groups or on other podcasts, and then the books I actually am reading or listening to. If you haven’t tried Trello, you should! (It’s free!)

Note: links provided to books, tools, and other resources on the Creativity Matters Podcast website may be affiliate links for which the podcast would make a (very) small amount of money if the item was purchased. Links are provided for convenience to help you find/see/explore the books, tools, and resources I talk about. Using the library, when possible, is always my first recommendation.

2 thoughts on “Mindfulness By Any Other Name (385)

  1. Hello Amy,

    I’m a fairly new listener who decided to write to you for the first time. I found you on the apple podcast app when I was searching for art-related shows. I have been enjoying your podcast here lately. Your last topic, “do you hear the birds”, got me engaged more so. I took your topic as “have you heard? Life goes on :) “. It helped me to center during this time of panic.

    Your recent topic on mindfulness encouraged me to get back into the drawing mood. That I can see drawing as a therapeutical session for my soul again. It is much needed for times of quarantine.

    I’m a step closer to my goal of retraining my heart and mind to do art from the soul and not from the wallet. Thank you for this topic of mindfulness. I’m looking forward to the next one. Keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,
    Benjamin Morse

    p.s. Glad to know that someone else had the same thought and experience when it came to buying things with pennies. My wife and I bought kitty food with pennies at Wal-Mart recently.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Benjamin. I am glad to know you are listening, and I hope you are balancing and staying well in these days.

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