Cultivating Creativity and Mindless Meditation

Creativity is a huge part of our lives, so when we actively work to nurture our creative sides it can be super impactful to our personal and business goals. I’ll quickly tell you 2 stories involving creativity – one that came to fruition last week, and one from this past Sunday.

Last week I got to see the fruits of my labor.

I’d been struggling for a while to figure out a sentiment I needed to express on cloth – could the sentiment be described in a paragraph? An action verb? A phrase? Also: what even was the sentiment? – so suffice it to say, I had so many directions and wound up going nowhere.

Toward the middle of the week though, a bolt from the blue struck, and I was able to put out new piece: The “Create” T-Shirt in Sunday Gold (now available for purchase through the link).

It paired well with an older blog post about Creativity and the Golden Hour because its creation was a story of well-timed coincidences that should never have occurred but that culminated in me being awake at the crack of dawn to bring it into existence. It’s a quintessential Sunday story! And speaking of quintessential Sundays…

A Piece of Peace on Sunday

Bohemians, artists, hippies, etc.

This past Sunday, I took part in a meditation workshop led by my friend Jamila. Styled “Mindless Meditation”, Jamila covered the concept of belly breathing, breath-focused meditation, and vision boarding. Because I usually meditate alone, the change in space was different – hearing music, being aware of 10 other bodies around be – but I got my zen mode on all the same. All the same, I could barely contain my joy because the main event for me was the vision boarding.

As I sat and curated words from headlines and photos from the likes of National Geographic, Elle, Allure, GQ, etc., I found myself writing just as much as I was cropping and pasting. While I could have been a bit more talkative, I keenly scribbled away like a benzos-driven 60’s ad-man! What came from my pen was… eye-opening.

OK, OK, I admit it. Science fair presentations weren’t my strong suit and this is my first vision board. But don’t judge the vision. Trust the vision.

I expected to have a poster board filled with vague intentions for the upcoming year—happiness, hope, dreams, love, money… Instead, in addition to a drawing of me getting back into Capoeira in space I wound up with highly specific and frankly actionable goals that (while lofty) are within the realm of possibility. Here are a few:

  • The Art of Sunday will not only be a thriving community of high vibers and creators, but it will be profitable because I will have done $50,000 in business by the end of the year.
  • I will have a product or design line in a store such as H&M, ZARA, etc within 2 years.
  • I will speak and write Portuguese with complete fluency by the end of 2019.
  • I will actively channel innovation, generosity, gratitude, and courageousness. I will also promote peace for myself instead of false notions of happiness.

I won’t bore you with details about my plans to execute on these goals, but I will say that centering creativity with the intent to follow through with actionable steps is a daily habit I’ll continue to cultivate. I’ll let you know how that goes.

BONUS: I felt like I was doing myself a disservice with my vision board, so I decided to do a little post-party try. Vision boarding is a skill I’m definitely gonna cultivate going forward.

A little cleaner and a little clearer, this particular board is a first try for what I’d like The Art of Sunday to embody visually when I’m using a single magazine.

But enough about me – how was your Sunday? How did you engage your creativity? I look forward to hearing it!

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