Nourishing Your Mind

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This series focuses on self care for the creative as often we forget that in order to fill our ‘creative well’, we need to attend to ourselves - body, mind and soul.  I’ll be sharing self care tips, lifestyle inspiration and practical insights for navigating life in order to keep us healthy, nourished and balanced whilst we stay focused.

Last week was a really busy and chaotic week and by contrast Sunday we took a family walk with accompanying picnic and headed out for some much needed relaxation, nourishment for the mind, body and soul.

Once out, the more I let go, the more enjoyable the walk became and the more I started to spot 'treasures' along our way.  At the same time, my playful side came out to play and I felt lighter, 'more me' and well - joyful.

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

- Pablo Picasso
On this same theme, I shared the above quote within my Facebook Group and it inspired some really great conversation (which you are more than welcome to join by the way).
As one member put it, '...we lose our wide eyed wonder' and I totally agree with Michelle.  It's so easy to be bombarded by life in 'our busy grown up world' said Karen - it becomes really hard to just 'be spontaneous'.

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This elephant carving was so, so adorable.  Love the 'palette' too above the elephant's body (below).

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However, there's always room for frivolity, fun and play right?   We're creative beings and it's hardwired into our nature.  To cover this up is to deny a fundamental need, as well as being a powerful antidote to 'real life' and a healthy mind.

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In the photo above, we were thrilled to come across some 'tree knitting'.  I loved this on so many levels - the knitting (obviously), the colour, the love and just the creation of something just for the heck of it!  How playful, lush and daring, even.

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Helen said: 'I have re-found my sense of awe but choose only to share it with people that value it'.  This too is a good point - our sense of self-discovery can feel tender, vulnerable and 'too raw or messy' to share with anyone and everyone - sometimes it helps to just share with like-minded souls who 'get you'. 

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So, if you're feeling 'tapped out' and in need of some play - think of Pablo's words and don't be afraid to nourish your mind with whatever brings you joy, solace and nourishment.

Hope you're having a wonderful week so far...

Jane xo