Watercolor for Mindfulness

by Danielle Lauren


Mindfulness is present moment awareness.

"Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience." (Psychology Today)

Watercolor is a surprisingly fun way to live in the moment.  Although, you can get lost in the moment when you paint, instead try to focus on the colors and the paint strokes.  Pay attention to detail and focus on what you are doing - this will help you become more mindful and be in the present moment. 

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Exploring mindfulness through conscious creative expression you enhance your experience by developing your capacity to think more creatively, become more solution focused and feel more empowered.

Benefits of Mindfulness and Creative Expression:

  • Stress reduction
  • Enhanced health & well-being
  • Enhanced creativity
  • More solution focused
  • Feel more empowered
  • Greater contentment
  • More positive outlook
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The practice of meditation has many similarities to creative work. The need to focus and become fully absorbed and present to the task at hand as well as developing the capacity to receive what arises, look deeply, generate ideas and develop solutions.  The capacity to stay present to, and hold difficult feelings and emotions is enhanced by mindfulness practice and together with artistic expression gives you both the a means to express what is difficult to verbalize and another powerful tool to see how the mind works.

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Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present to, and accepting of each unfolding moment of our experience. By bringing our full attention to our thoughts, feelings, sensations and emotions we become more aware of our responses to life. We begin to see our habitual way of relating to events as they unfold and where we may be blocking our capacity to be more receptive to change and open to the wonder present in each moment. This deepening awareness allows us to be more accepting of ourselves and life’s challenges leading to a higher level of contentment and the cultivation of a more positive outlook. We begin to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

There are other ways to practice mindfulness, this is just one fun example that you can incorporate into your life.  Be creative, try something new, you might surprise yourself!


Active Living

by Danielle Lauren


Live an Active Life

Exercise can be fun.  It depends on what you like.  If you enjoy the beach, try going for a run or even a walk.  Do things that motivate you.  If you look at your workout wardrobe and think it is boring, then go out and buy yourself something colorful.  Get some new workout shoes and workout clothes.  You will feel good when you look good.  Give yourself a challenge.  If you don't feel like getting up early in the morning to exercise then find a time that works best for you.  Give yourself a time frame and be realistic.  If you would like to give up sweets then see how long you can go, or give yourself a rule such as the eat healthy 80% rule and indulge 20%.  If you enjoy eating fruits and smoothies then think of colorful ways you can make that more exciting.  Treat yourself with fun delicious snacks such as watermelon, strawberries, and smoothies.   Always push yourself a little more each day and remember to stay positive and say these words to yourself 'yes you can'.  Because you can and you will!

Life is fun and refreshing when you incorporate things that you love.  Finding the joy in the simple things can make you smile and feel appreciative for what you do have.  Live life with a positive mind. 

Life is fun and refreshing when you incorporate things that you love.  Finding the joy in the simple things can make you smile and feel appreciative for what you do have.  Live life with a positive mind. 

Find activities that you enjoy.  Be creative and spontaneous.  Take a trip somewhere you have always wanted to go.  Swimming with the dolphins in clear blue water is a fun activity, it might not happen everyday but when you do something unique the memories will stay with you forever and will inspire you to do more fun activities. 

Find activities that you enjoy.  Be creative and spontaneous.  Take a trip somewhere you have always wanted to go.  Swimming with the dolphins in clear blue water is a fun activity, it might not happen everyday but when you do something unique the memories will stay with you forever and will inspire you to do more fun activities. 


Ride a bike or go for a hike.

by Danielle Lauren


Being in touch with nature can make you feel calmer instantly.  Although it can be a great feeling going to the gym and taking that hard core spinning class, it can feel even greater when you push yourself through the great outdoors.  

If biking isn't your forte then go for a hike.  There are a number of great benefits to hiking such as getting fresh air, reducing blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, strengthening your core and improving your balance.

If neither of these activities suits you try finding an activity that you do enjoy or try something different.  The important thing is to remain active and keep moving.

 

 

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Walk on the Beach

by Danielle Lauren


 

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Walk, Jog or Run on the Beach.  Take your dog for a walk, walk with a friend or walk by yourself and enjoy the time for peace and time to think. 


Sailing from the Harbor

by Danielle Lauren


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Find an activity that you love that relaxes you and make some time for yourself.   

Being on the water can be very relaxing, especially if it is a nice day.  Even if you don't have a boat, go to a harbor and see if you can do a boat tour.