Health and Wellness Through Art is a course I’ve been quietly working on. OR not so quietly if you follow me on Facebook. We have so many components to our lives, our attention is divided constantly. Heartfelt conversations seem to be becoming a thing of the past. Lazy summer afternoons don’t actually exist anymore, other than in carefully styled Instagram posts and perfectly photo-shopped Pinterest boards.
Please, don’t misunderstand. I adore pretty pictures and feel good color combos. If the only place we find these is in a world that doesn’t actually exist we have traded reality, and not even for a fantasy. We’ve traded reality for a 2 second glance in search of a dopamine fix. This amazing world of technology we now live in has turned us into “Bliss Junkies“.
If the computer notifications isn’t going off, it’s the phone, or the smart washer, or Itunes. Take your pick. When was the last time you did anything without your phone. Constantly we hear the words and banter for HEALTH, SELF-CARE, ORGANIC…everything, DETOX.. how about a wellness plan, even for your PET.
I think the answer is much simpler than this. No, I’m not encouraging we go back to horse and buggy days. Technology is a wonderful gift to the generations making our way through the world. I can’t harp on “living a balanced life” either. I think we can embrace a life of harmony much more realistically than balance.
Health in Real Life- It’s in Your Head
I would like to propose a thinking process, because everything begins with your thoughts. A thinking process that enjoys technology and yet knows how to move through life without being controlled by it. And this really is a thinking process. A thinking process shared through a course based in brain science and art.
You can probably look at your life right now say… “I don’t remember the last time I chose uninterrupted time without feeling guilty for not being productive”. I have been a productivity junkie for years. Recently, I watched an interview with Seth Godin. One bit of truth so resonated with me.
Productivity is an economic measure of how much you output for the time and resources you put in. ~Seth Godin
At that point, I realized, “productivity” is hard at work killing life. There is no harmony in productivity. Yes, things must still be accomplished and the mundane is part of the blessing of being alive. The rub comes in when you combine “productivity” and “technology”. We can produce quicker, faster and more accurately than ever before. So what. This is the place the “bliss point” intersects with boredom. The faster we can get the dopamine hit, the faster, it’s gone. We’re frantically off to find the next one. Have you listened to online videos lately. Youtubers and bloggers seem to be talking so fast they forget to breathe.
Yep. This has turned into quite the rant. I’m going to invite you to.. s.l.o.w. down. I’m not inviting you to purchase this course. It’s in the early stages and honestly, I don’t know when it will be available online. Instead I’m inviting you to slow down. Take 12 Minutes and create some silly art with your phone TURNED OFF. Take a walk. Get some play-doh. Yes! I’m serious! Play with some Legos.
At this moment I have the honor of sharing the Health and Wellness Classes in the local community. The video below was created to promote the Health and Wellness Through Art classes at Raja Wellness in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Just watch it and consider how a brush filled with paint meanders across a canvas in no particular direction. Then. Consider how you can meander a bit without being productive or searching for that bliss point.