Category: Creative Living (Page 1 of 9)
Want to know who invented pet rocks? Push a button on your phone and you’ll have the answer.
What song is this? Your phone will tell you.
What should I be doing today? Ask your phone.
How wonderful are smartphones?
With those little pockets of technology you can shop, speak, bank, pay bills, research, write, take photographs, make videos – is there anything they can’t do?
I don’t know how I’d live without one. Oh, wait, I did, for more than half my life.
A group of islanders stand at the tall cliffs overlooking the South Pacific Ocean and sing a song. And a little bit of magic happens.
The islanders, from the village of Vaitogi, in American Samoa, sing some ancient words and one by one, the sea turtles in the area will come to the surface of the ocean and raise their heads from the water as if in greeting.
Those lucky enough to see this spectacle are often rewarded with the sight of sharks also coming to the water’s surface at the sounds of the ancient song/chant.
That the sharks and turtles, natural enemies, would swim alongside each other is a modern day mystery steeped in ancient legend.
It has been used to build houses, make pottery, keep creatures cool, and is one of the oldest words in the English language. Mud.
The word dates back to at least 1400 and is derived from the original term “muddle”, meaning the lowest or worst of anything.
This ‘lowly’ material can also make you happier and healthier and possibly, more productive and smarter.
There is no doubt that creating art, in any form, can help children learn and become more self-confident and independent.
There is even evidence that enjoying creative activities can improve health.
It’s a wonderful feeling to be focused on a creation, in a world of your own, enjoying the solitude and immersed in your project.
When a group of people come together to create something, another kind of magic happens.
Did you know that the same chemicals that are released during sex and eating are released when you are engaged in a creative activity?
The reward centre in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable.
Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, which means getting creative can bring you more joy and lessen anxiety.
While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.
Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.
Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.
However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.
The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.
It’s not all bad news, though.
Our children are becoming less creative and it could be affecting their ability to learn.
Isn’t that a horrifying thought?
Studies have shown that children’s creativity tends to decrease with age. Most notably from kindergarten to grade three.
Ever missed something that was right under your nose? The answer has to be yes because all around us, magical, secret things are happening – right under our noses – and we fail to see them.
We might think we take the time to stop and smell the roses, but how often do we silently watch a patch of grass or earth, a portion of bark on a tree, the fluttering of petals on a flower, for more than a few seconds?
Often the magic unfolds only after patient, silent, and focused watching. That is when you will find nature’s hidden treasures.
There are so many worlds within worlds around us and when we take the time to see them our own world opens into endless possibilities of creativity, peace, and harmony.
What’s your niche? That appears to be the number one question for bloggers and writers in general.
It seems there is a simple formula to online writing that consists of finding your niche, identifying your audience, and then offering and promoting your writing to that group.
Seems pretty simple, yes?