Mindfulness, Creativity, and Nature: Healing Trifectors for Permanent Peace

“It is the marriage of soul and nature that creates imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Before the accident, before the birth of a child, after divorce, after my father died in Covid, before the pandemic …

We tend to divide our lives before and after defining our world, whether personal or large. These departments provide context and support us in thinking about beauty and darkness, the decisions we make, and who we are if certain things have never happened. It provides a kind of roadmap.

I have always believed that the only reason to look back is to learn. Still, I have no choice but to wonder. What if you already have mindfulness skills when your marriage is over? What if nature knew the endless ways to calm my soul? Would my life be different if I consciously knew that creativity was the safest place to handle my emotions?

Perhaps I wasn’t paralyzed with sadness and sadness. Maybe my kids have escaped a terrible custody dispute. I think it’s possible that it didn’t go bankrupt. Have you ever been divorced?

Here’s the biggest question: Am I changing any of it now?

It’s not a chance.

As much as everything was difficult, I learned that all the tools I needed to survive and prosper were in front of me and always so.

My journey has led me to a path of sharing what I am most passionate about. It’s about helping others find their way through what I call the “spiritual toolbox.”

Your spiritual toolbox can hold things like creativity and appreciation exercises, exercise, meditation, time in nature, and a diary. Hugs, pet love, warm baths, and occasionally even a glass of wine. It’s great to open at that moment, and even better to use as a preventative (toolbox, not wine).

The moment of my “Aha” spiritual toolbox was when I happened to discover the transformative power of a concrete combination of the three tools. These were creativity, meditation, and time in nature.

This Trifector insight divided my life into two parts: the sleeping part and the awakening part.

The first part is very literal. At the age of 19, I fell asleep while driving and didn’t walk for nearly a year. My accident was a carefree childhood and adolescent synopsis and end. There, I didn’t suffer the difficulty of “awakening” me beyond my plans for the next night.

However, when I was fixed under the tires of the car and woke up physically, I woke up mentally as well. I was alive and the two best friends I was with were unharmed. I have officially “awakened” at an infinite level, mainly to the deepest gratitude. And while I was figuratively “sleeping” in other areas of later life, the triple stars were always there to support my awakening.

From the time I was able to crawl, my preference was to do it outside. My imagination was my best friend, and my mother could find it easier to find mud digging from the stream behind our house than I would play next door. I made a toga from the curtain, spoke in my own language, and told everyone that it was “Elizabeth of another country.”

Clearly, how to learn about a series of robust and growing studies that show that artmaking and creativity have been shown to increase positive emotions, reduce depression and anxiety, reduce stress, and boost the immune system. There wasn’t. The art therapy may improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.

I didn’t know that creative indulgence literally created a “cascade of endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and chemicals in the brain that affect our well-being,” increasing joy and satisfaction.

I wasn’t bothered by the fact that everyone is creative yet, and its benefits have nothing to do with artistic skills. I was happiest when I was creative and simply knew that artmaking could pull me away from almost all funk.

I intuitively woke up to creativity.

After that, at the age of 40, my marriage collapsed. Along with that, I went down a slippery medicated slope and collapsed into what was later diagnosed as a “simple psychotic disorder.” I struggled with insomnia, bankruptcy, custody struggles, losing my home, and losing my business.

And I believe in whatever medicines are needed and useful, but mine wasn’t properly prescribed, so my body and mind simply gave up.

Thankfully, I recently woke up to meditation.

Meditation and mindfulness can be quoted to me as the most powerful tools I have ever discovered on the path to happiness in all aspects of life. Research on this topic dates back thousands of years.

However, there is an interesting point here. The brain responds to meditation and mindfulness in the same way it responds to creativity. In both cases, external stimuli are blocked and the prefrontal cortex, the anterior part of the brain, calms down. The prefrontal cortex, also known as the “gatekeeper,” is like a control center and is deeply involved in emotional coordination, decision making, planning and attention, and self-monitoring.

In other words, dialing back to the “gatekeeper” frees you from planning, worrying, anticipating and ruminating. Who doesn’t feel happy as a result?

I gained the foundation of a spiritual toolbox, raised two boys myself, supported myself with various marketing and public relations efforts, discovered my inner supporters through non-profit activities, two books Wrote a book and promoted a setback in creativity. My love for the outdoors has evolved and my first choice was hiking.

I didn’t even know that research linked outside time to reducing anxiety and depression, or that nature affected creativity. There was no context of natural remedies where nature was literally characterized as a therapeutic environment.

How spending time in nature lowers cortisol levels, improves heart health, promotes cancer-fighting cells, helps depression and anxiety, arouses awe, and enhances overall well-being. I have never read the study of Time Magazine. All I knew was that for me the outside was better than the inside.

I woke up to the healing power of nature.

I started meditation outside and tuned in to nature. I practiced walking meditation, but I was surprised at its beauty and felt a connection. I existed in a way I had never experienced before.

Eventually, I collected materials from nature and started using them to create art. I have found it more peaceful than ever. And there was a clear “carry-over” of calm, peace, and joy to my overall function.

I can’t remember if I was on a rock in Nevada or in a canyon in California, but that moment came. There were three things that changed my life: nature, creativity, and attention. When used together, these tools eliminated depression and fear. I felt hope for the first time in a long time.

Slowly but surely, my spirit began to heal. I had a safe, accessible and powerful way to safely process my experience, build resilience and move forward in a fun way.

Since that time, I have awakened to many other tools in my spiritual toolbox. For now, as a new art therapist, meditation addict, and nature lover, it’s my honor to awaken you to the simple practices that support you with the most powerful trifecta I know.

Creating peace on earth

The symbol of peace is a widely recognized and powerful symbol. It connects us with something positive, consciously or unconsciously. It’s also easy to implement creativity, mindfulness, and the spiritual toolbox effector of nature just outside the globe. Method is as follows.

Go out alone or with friends and loved ones. Kids can also enjoy this practice!

Breathe deeply and move more slowly than usual. Incorporate the sights, sounds and sensations of nature. Let’s pause and sink this experience.

Let an object in nature call you: Start collecting stones, branches, leaves, or wildflowers. Observe how each object looks, feels, and smells when touched. If you are with someone, share your observations with them.

Find the right place and create a symbol of peace. It could be in your yard or in a public place that others can see and enjoy, such as a park or beach.

Have fun, have fun and witness. No one is watching! Sink into your experience and sensations during this short time. Take a long, deep breath while feeling the earth and smelling it.

Think about the symbol of peace. What does that mean to you? Looking back on this powerful symbol, what kind of memories and sensations do your bodies have?

Set intent To bring to the fore the feelings of peace and health experienced in this practice.

Be patient and respect your journey. Wellness and healing are lifelong efforts. Stepping into deliberate self-care is an act of compassion for yourself and the world.

appreciate. By creating “peace on earth”, we are implementing a healing effector while sharing powerful messages that others may see and experience on their Nature Walk. You are also awakening to peace within yourself.

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