Need a rest from Stress? Get Creative!

I am taking a beading class. I am not especially talented in arts and crafts, but decided I wanted to learn some basic beading skills to decorate some of my bags.
Amongst the needle stabs in my finger, and the clumsy attempts at picking up these tiny beads, I found a sense of satisfaction when my first little piece of beadwork was complete. And I especially found Yvonne’s instructions to be a key to how being creative is restful.
Yvonne began the class with smudging us for clearing away the heavy energy of the day, then she encouraged us to FEEL our way as we were beading. This is a clue to the secret of how this relieves stress.
When we tap into our creativity, it allows the parts of the brain we used for practical things to rest. We can actually be energized by getting those creative juices flowing, and step away from the heavy thoughts of our regular routine, and use a different part of our brain.

Moonstone Creations, Yvonne Jobin

A beautiful sample of a piece of beadwork from Yvonne Jobin of Moonstone Creations.

Using our creativity also takes us out of our literal world and propels us into the mythic, where our piece of art becomes so much more than a few beads on a string. What is the intent behind our piece, is it a symbol of something more?  … a symbol of love presented in a gift, a symbol of something that has personal meaning for us? Of course, consider your color choices, what are they saying about you and your inner landscape?

So whether you paint, do crafts, write a story or play music, do something creative at the end of your busy day, and you will feel much more rested. Of course doing these things with other people allows for fun and social interaction which is invaluable for us humans who are inherently social beings.

So if you are looking for something creative to do, I would recommend taking a beading class with Yvonne Jobin of Moonstone Creations in Inglewood in Calgary, http://www.moonstonecreation.ca and get the creativity flowing.

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About Deanna Wind Haven Shaman

Deanna Strandquist is a modern day Shaman who practices Simple Living that feeds your Soul. Find tips and ideas that help you on the journey to simple living. Wind Haven Shaman
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2 Responses to Need a rest from Stress? Get Creative!

  1. Silk says:

    What a wonderful, timely reminder! Ah…rest! One can feel the gentle waves of creativity taking over – you write so well, and really bring through an inner picture for us. Thanks, Deanna!

  2. Silk says:

    PS I just realized I hadn’t yet subscribed to your blog so shall do so via this comment…(I was looking for the special Subscribe Widget on your sidebar but it does not seem to be there – I am not sure if the RSS is the same thing, but don’t think so!)

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