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Meditation Through Art

The word Inspire is actually short for In Spirit! When in the 'flow' of doing something you love, like an athlete or artist, that's when you are closest to your own spirit. It's when time stands still, you forget about everything else and you are only in that one moment of focus. It's good for your mind, body and soul to be in that 'flow'.

Most of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do.  Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression, regardless if you are beginner or professional. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings.

So what is it? It's that feeling of being so lost/focused on something that you forget about everything else. It's really focusing you mind on something so intently that the rest of the world and your thoughts fall away.

Some artistic examples you could explore - writing in a journal, singing, dancing, photography, knitting, sewing, playing an instrument, painting, creating sculpture, ceramics, etc. Some other non-artistic ways - running, exercising, walking in a park, walking your dog or playing with an animal, taking a nap in nature, being near water, meditating, praying, listening to nature/noises outside, deep breathing, cleaning (yes, that's right some people find there zen in the repetition), listening to music, guided audio meditations, reading a book, cooking, etc.

Find what brings you joy, something you can get lost in and try to weave it into your life as much as possible. Even if it's only 10 minutes. No excuses! AP

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