Category Archives: Imagination

Flow | What is it and How can I Get in It?

Have you ever been so in tune with what you’re doing that time melts and evrything falls into place and you feel one with the world. Maybe it’s during a long run, while playing piano, or even cooking your favorite recipe. Artists and athletes describe peak performance in this way.  Renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly has named it “flow.”

I find myself in flow when I’m painting, gardening and skiing when my focus is fixed and time is irrelevant. The flow can be short or sustained for a long period, but it is an unmatched experience.

Is flow necessary for creativity? Or is it a byproduct of being creative and in the moment?

According to Csikszentmihaly, there are key attributes to achieving and knowing when you are in flow. Discover your flow  by reading about Csikszentmihaly theory of  Flow

Five Ways to Nourish your Creativity and Feed your Soul

Let’s face it, daily life is a challenge. There are so many demands and distractions it can be difficult to focus on the moment, let alone feel creative. I know that when I feel overwhelmed, my creativity goes into hiding. So here are my five favorite ways to unclog my mind and free up some space for my imagination to take flight.

Take a walk 👟
Preferably in a garden, woods, or along a waterway. In short, get out in nature to awaken your senses and clear your mind. My go-to is along the Connecticut River near my home.

Read a book 📖
And yes, I mean a real book with paper pages and a bound spine. Feel it, smell it, linger over passages without distracting hyperlinks, doodle in the margins. Yeah, slow down and open your mind to new ideas.

Arrange flowers 🌸 🌻
Flower arranging is an art form and the simple act of selecting flowers and arranging them in containers is creative and calming. If possible, incorporate herbs like basil, flowering oregano, sage, lavender, and lemon verbena for a scent-sational boost.

Make a still life with 💐

 

 

 

 

Meditate on a work of art 🖼
Look closely and slowly at a favorite painting or photograph. It can be a print from a book, something on your wall or even online. Slow looking at a painting promotes mindfulness and calm. Connect with your favorite artwork and find inner calm. Here’s a meditation I recorded to help get you started: https://youtu.be/pzs-pqLGxHk

Take a nap 😴
Yes, like in the middle of the day. Pretend you’re on a 30 minute vacation. Find a comfy spot, close your eyes and drift away. Recharge your body and refresh your brain.

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children by guest blogger  Emily Graham  of  Mighty Moms. 

It can be hard to find fun, affordable, and beneficial ways to keep your child engaged. Video games, chat rooms, and cartoons are fun, but they don’t promise much in the way of learning or developing wholesome interests. Consider getting your child started in a hobby that could lead to an abiding interest, an activity that can provide an engaging cognitive challenge and produce a strong sense of accomplishment and self-pride. Sometimes, a hobby can be a heaven-sent means of keeping a young person out of trouble. Whatever the reason for starting one, a hobby can even change a young person’s life for the better. Here are some suggestions.

Starter Kits

If you’re unsure of where to start in your search for a hobby, check online retailers for starter kits and hobby essentials. When you’re operating on a budget, you can save money by doing extensive online research and watching for sales and discounts from retailers like Walmart.

Knitting/Crocheting

This is one of the most affordable and enjoyable hobbies for any child, and it can be a great way for young and old to spend time and learn together. All you need is a crochet hook and some yarn to get started. Look for savings and promo codes from Target as you gather materials. No need to spend money on patterns, many of which can be found for free on the internet. Your child will enjoy making items that can be given as birthday or Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Solve a Puzzle

Puzzles are just the thing to keep a young person occupied and learn problem-solving strategies, particularly through crossword puzzles or Sudoku, collections of which can be purchased for no more than $3. Jigsaw puzzles (which usually run around $20) provide tangible evidence of a child’s skill and determination. Once it’s put together, simply apply a little puzzle glue, mount your child’s handiwork and have it framed as a trophy that will elicit proud memories.

Painting and Drawing

Children love to express themselves creatively by drawing and painting, both of which are excellent ways for youngsters to pass their time. It can be a therapeutic means of self-expression, a medium for working out frustrations and anxieties, and an enjoyable way for a child to develop hand-eye and fine motor skills. And it’s an inexpensive hobby — pencils, brushes, paints, and paper are generally inexpensive materials. Check for daily offers and coupons for stores like Amazon on paint supplies and other items that can help a child get started with a hobby.

Music

Musical ability can open up a new world of creative endeavor for a child. Learning to play an instrument is an excellent hobby that boosts cognitive functioning, improves mathematical abilities, and sharpens motor skills. Finding an instrument at affordable prices can be difficult, so watch for online savings options through websites like Honey.

Experimentation

Most children enjoy hobbies that show them how to create things like “edible glass.” What’s more, all your child requires is vegetable oil, food coloring, salt, and water to create globs of lava that move up and down in a glass beaker. Beginner science is an educational and inexpensive hobby, especially if you can use items that you already have lying around the house.

Hobbies are healthy ways for children to use their time and discover fascinating new worlds of discovery. The best part: They don’t need to be expensive endeavors; indeed, many can be enjoyed for under $20. You never know — you might set your child on a life-changing path.

Thanks to Emily for sharing her ideas!