In the era of endless scrolling and binge-watching, finding ourselves caught in a loop of procrastination is all too familiar. It's that feeling when you have a to-do list but mindlessly scroll through social media or watch another episode. This phenomenon is often called the "freeze state," a state of inertia where starting tasks seems impossible. Breaking free from this cycle is entirely achievable, and it begins with recognizing when you're in this state of stagnation.
One effective strategy is to break down tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. The overwhelming nature of a large task often contributes to the freeze state. The challenge becomes less intimidating by tackling smaller components, making it easier to start.
Another practical approach is setting a timer, like the Pomodoro Technique, which involves focused work for short intervals followed by breaks. Knowing there's a break on the horizon can make diving into tasks less daunting.
Creating a flowing environment for productivity is equally crucial. A clutter-free and organized workspace, combined with eliminating distractions, can significantly impact your ability to focus. Additionally, cultivating mindfulness through meditation, sound baths or deep breathing helps bring awareness to the present moment, making it easier to shift your attention away from mindless distractions. By incorporating these strategies, you can gradually transition from the scroll-and-watch loop to a more purposeful and rewarding routine.
This subconscious resistance is like a well-meaning but overprotective guardian, tirelessly working to shield us from harm, or at least what it perceives as harm. When self-doubt creeps in, it's our mind's way of saying, "Hey, proceed with caution! We've been here before, and it didn't go well." It's the same with the fear of failure; it's a mechanism to prevent us from risking a fall when we've already experienced a stumble. And procrastination? It's often a clever diversion tactic, keeping us in our comfort zone, safe from the potential discomfort of change. Fear of success is also part of this-what if I can't handle the pressure, expectations, and imposter feelings are dormant here until it all breaks open.
The real challenge lies in the fact that our subconscious can't discern between past experiences and present opportunities. It operates from a place of instinct and conditioning. So, it responds with these familiar defense mechanisms, even when they no longer serve us. In essence, it's acting out of a desire to protect us, misguided as it may be.
To navigate this dance between our conscious and subconscious minds, we must first understand the root of the resistance. It's not an act of self-sabotage; it's an act of self-preservation. Recognizing this is, of course, important so we can dismantle these barriers.
Empathy and self-compassion are key tools in this process. Acknowledging that our subconscious is merely trying to protect us, we can challenge these outdated beliefs and fears. It's like having a patient conversation with that overprotective guardian within, explaining that while its intentions are noble and seem nice, it's time to adapt to our current circumstances and goals. Use your awareness and observational skills and adjust the ego after your wishes.
Achieving success can sometimes feel like a dance with self-sabotage within our minds. It might seem odd that we'd intentionally trip ourselves up on the path to success, but if we dive into how our subconscious works, a deeper truth emerges – it's not trying to hinder us, but rather, it's attempting to protect us in its own quirky way.
Think of our subconscious as a watchful guardian, drawing from past experiences, learned behaviours, and societal influences to shield us from perceived threats. It genuinely believes it's keeping us safe. However, here's the catch: our subconscious can't always tell the difference between past traumas and current opportunities. It acts instinctually, trying to shield us, even when the threats it perceives are no longer real.
This protective instinct often shows up as self-doubt, fear of failure/success, or procrastination – all tactics to keep things as they are. It's our mind's way of steering clear of unknown territory, even if venturing into the unknown could lead to personal growth and success. Understanding that our subconscious operates from a protective stance, not a sabotaging one, is a crucial first step in breaking down these barriers.
Approaching our subconscious with kindness and understanding allows us to reprogram it for our benefit. We can gently challenge the outdated beliefs and fears that hold us back, guiding our subconscious to play a more supportive role in our journey to success. It's an inner shift that calls for patience and self-awareness but can turn self-sabotage into self-empowerment.
There's something captivating about diving into the world of art, exploring its nuances, and decoding the unique quirks and techniques that make each piece special. It's like taking a journey into the mind of the artist, trying to solve their psyche. This process of interpreting their creative choices has become the beating heart of my love for art. The more I engage with a piece, the more I realize that the beauty lies not just in the finished product but in the artist's journey – a journey that's as diverse and fascinating as the artwork itself. That's why I love visiting art galleries- I get lost in the fascinating pieces and am trying to solve a puzzle.
As I stand before a canvas or sculpture, I'm not just observing but trying to understand the why and how behind every stroke or sculpted form. It's a never-ending exploration, a puzzle that keeps me hooked. There's an undeniable joy in peeling back the layers of an artist's expression, piecing together the influences, inspirations, and personal experiences that culminate in the final masterpiece. This process, this unraveling of the artist's path, breathes life into the art for me.
Art becomes a portal into the artist's world – a world where emotions, thoughts, and creativity connect. It's a conversation without words, a silent dialogue between the observer and the creator. This intimate connection with art transforms each viewing into a personal journey of discovery. It's not just about seeing; it's about feeling, interpreting, and connecting with the essence of the artist's soul embedded in their creation.
In this never-ending pursuit of understanding, I've come to adore the beauty of ambiguity in art. The unanswered questions, the open-ended narratives – they invite me to explore, to imagine, and to appreciate the limitless possibilities within the frame. As I continue to gaze upon artworks with a curious eye and an open heart, I find that my love for art is not just about what I see; it's about the ongoing story of exploration, a story that unfolds with each piece and resonates long after I've stepped away from the gallery or studio. I use the same process in my art. I feel the depth of each brush stroke, and I can see how I struggled with the piece until it got to the desired result.
The ego's intricate dance: How it can block our true purpose
Ah, the ego—a complex and always present part of our world. It's that voice in our heads that's always narrating, evaluating, and making sure we're seen in a certain way. While the ego has its role in helping us navigate the world and establish our identity, it can also be a huge barrier to uncover our true purpose.
1. Fear of Vulnerability:
In the end, the ego isn't the enemy—it's a part of us. It's our choice whether we allow it to dominate our lives or work in harmony with our deeper purpose. By recognizing the ego's influence and taking steps to balance it, we can clear the path to discovering and living our true purpose.
Discovering mysticism in everyday life involves appreciating ordinary moments with a touch of magic. It begins by seeking beauty in the simplest things, like the sunrise, a stroll in the park, or the smile of a stranger. Finding gratitude and mindfulness can turn the mundane into something extraordinary. Sometimes, it's about a shift in perspective, finding joy in the small acts of kindness, or sitting in silence (see previous posts). Finding magic in the mundane is about acknowledging the little details and finding joy and wonder.
One way to find magic every day is by being curious and exploring the unknown, such as trying new things, visiting a different part of town, reading a book on a topic you've never explored, or taking a different route to work. Enjoying activities that stimulate your creativity and challenge your routine helps you feel a sense of wonder in the everyday. Welcome the spontaneous moments, allowing them to shape your day and see where they lead. Often, doing new things holds the most magic.
Appreciating and recognizing the magic in the mundane involves connecting with others and sharing stories and experiences. Engaging in conversations with different people, listening to their experiences, and learning from their journeys can offer new perspectives and ideas.
Also, it's about sharing your own stories and listening to theirs, realizing that even the most ordinary moments might hold a world of magic and wisdom. Engaging with the world around you genuinely and openly can reveal the beauty that lies within the simplicity of everyday life. It is not always easy to observe life to find the magical moments, but it could be so worth it.
Deep inside, there's a source of untapped energy known as the sacral chakra. This energy center in the lower abdomen is tied to our emotions and creativity. When we tap into it, something interesting happens: we can transform those moments of awkwardness or insecurity into confidence and self-assuredness. It's not about changing who we are but about discovering the strength we already have. Embracing our sacral chakra allows us to navigate any room or situation with grace and newfound confidence. This energy makes us naturally irresistible to those around us.
Unlocking the potential of your sacral chakra is like venturing out on a journey of self-discovery. It begins with simple practices like mindful breathing and visualization. By having a confident posture, you give or transmit assurance to others. Positive affirmations and mantras, like 'I am confident' or 'I embrace my strength,' support this self-belief. Engaging in activities that spark your creativity helps project confidence naturally.
In the end, embracing your sacral chakra is about self-acceptance and recognizing your strength. Doing this allows you to navigate different settings, showing an empowering, self-assured energy. It won't just impact you but also captivate those you interact with. Welcome your sacral chakra, tap into your inner strength, and witness how your newfound confidence shines wherever you go.
Gongs hold a special place in my heart for their remarkable ability to unlock and transform stuck emotions. During my sound bath sessions, these instruments work their magic, stirring up any lingering emotional energy and guiding a deep and beautiful healing process.
My passion for gongs comes from the way they facilitate emotional healing. These instruments possess a unique quality, coaxing out emotions that might have been hidden or held within. As the gongs play, their vibrations seem to cleanse and uplift, revealing the hidden beauty within any emotional tension.
In my sound bath practice, gongs serve as a catalyst for profound healing. The resonating sounds create a space for inner exploration, allowing buried emotions to surface and gently dissipate. It's a truly transformative experience, guiding me and others through a journey of self-discovery and emotional release.
What's remarkable is how the gongs speak to our emotions, not just our ears. Their vibrations reach deep within, almost like a language our emotions understand. This process allows us to acknowledge and let go of emotions that might have been hard to express otherwise.
Ultimately, my love for gongs is rooted in their ability to unlock emotional barriers, guiding us toward a serene state of tranquility and inner peace. They're not just instruments; they're companions on a journey of emotional release and healing, providing a space for beautiful transformation.
Have you ever felt the desire to uncover your creative side, to figure out who you really are in terms of creativity? Exploring our creative selves is more than just finding artistic skills—it's about understanding how you express yourself and your imagination. Who are you creatively? Let's take a closer look at discovering this side of yourself.
For many, finding their creative self begins with curiosity and a willingness to step outside the usual routine. Creativity isn't just for artists—it exists in everyone in different ways. Maybe it's how you solve problems, the stories you tell, or how you look at things differently. Creativity can be found in everyday moments, waiting to be recognized.
Exploring your creative identity involves trying new things and activities that engage your mind and spirit. It may mean picking up a new hobby, experimenting with art, brainstorming, or paying attention to the things that truly interest you. Those are the moments where you might catch a glimpse of your creative self.
Yet, being creative also means being okay with vulnerability and accepting that not everything will be perfect. It's about being open to trying, even if you might make mistakes along the way. Every brushstroke, word, or note you create is a step toward understanding yourself. Your creative self is a mix of your experiences, feelings, and how you see the world. It's about finding your voice, expressing your thoughts, and sharing your unique perspective. Embrace what makes you different—sometimes, those things make your creativity stand out.
So, if you want to discover your creative side, it's an exploration worth taking. It's a journey that leads to understanding a part of yourself that's waiting to be acknowledged and enjoyed. Let's explore and find out more about your creative identity—an adventure that promises self-discovery, expression, and an evolving understanding of who you are creatively.
The healing effects of gongs are associated with several factors:
In art, creating from an 'empty well' is like having no inspiration or creative energy. Artists need more than just skill; they need a wellspring of ideas. When faced with a creative block, forcing inspiration isn't always the solution. Sometimes, stepping away from the painting can help. Doing things like cooking, walking, or other repetitive activities can spark inspiration by engaging the mind differently.
Cooking, for example, involves creativity and precision. It can help unlock mental any blocks. Taking walks without the pressure of ideas can also allow the mind to wander, opening up unexpected connections and inspirations. Repetitive tasks like writing/journalling or tending a garden can act as active meditation. They give the mind a break while staying engaged. Refilling your creative well isn't just about finding inspiration but about self-care and seeking experiences that fill your soul.
Balancing work and rest, seeking inspiration, and exploring different interests help create an environment where creativity can thrive. Sometimes, stepping away and engaging in unrelated activities can be the key to overcoming a creative block. Embracing rest and sometimes daydreaming is crucial in maintaining creativity.
As an artist, the ability to create isn't just about the end product; it's about the journey. By nurturing your mind, body, and spirit, you can keep your artistic ambition alive. So, when facing a block, remember that sometimes, the best way to fill your creative well is by doing something entirely different. The blank canvas can wait; for now, focus on filling your well.
Sitting in silence has been a great thing. It's like stopping everything and just being quiet. Imagine sitting somewhere peaceful, hearing the trees sway and the birds singing – and nothing else. It's just you and nature, and it's amazing. Or sitting at home and listen to what is happening around you. The best thing ever.
When you sit in silence, it's like hitting the reset button for your mind. The world's noisy stuff fades out, and you start to hear your thoughts and feel your heartbeat. It's pretty calming.
Today's world is all about quick fixes and fast things. But silence is different. It's like going back to basics. It's taking a break from all the noise and giving yourself the chance to hear what's important.
Silence helps us focus on the present. It helps us be in the moment, notice things, and appreciate how beautiful the world is. Nature is talking to us in a language only the heart can understand.
We forget how good silence can be. But it's always there, waiting for us. So, when everything gets too fast, just try sitting quietly. It doesn't cost anything, but it can give you everything – a moment to find your spiritual self, connect to the now, a connection with nature, and a chance to enjoy just being you.
Showing up for others is a cornerstone of great relationships, whether in personal or professional life. We send a powerful message when we consistently show up for our friends, family, colleagues, and customers. It demonstrates our commitment and reliability, two essential qualities for maintaining trust and respect. As the saying goes, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and this golden rule guides us in treating others with the respect they deserve.
In a professional context, showing up is not just about physically being present; it's about being mentally and emotionally available. Whether attending a business meeting, answering emails, or interacting with clients, your commitment and attentiveness speak volumes about your professionalism. Your customers and colleagues appreciate it when you prioritize their needs and concerns, and this level of care often leads to lasting and productive relationships.
Moreover, it's a two-way street. When you consistently show up for others, you tend to attract the same dedication in return. This mutual respect and support create a positive environment. For businesses, this often translates into satisfied customers and loyal clients who appreciate your product or service and value the respectful and dependable relationship they have with your brand.
Showing up is not just a physical act; it's a representation of your character and values. It's a way to build and strengthen the bonds of trust, whether in friendships or business relationships. It's a reminder that when we respect and prioritize each other's needs, we foster a culture of collaboration, trust, and mutual success.
As an artist, I've experienced that frustration when a painting doesn't turn out the way I envisioned. It feels like it's trying to take over my mind, and I can't stop thinking about it. It's like a shadow hanging over me until I create something that matches my vision.
But you know, it's that very passion and inner drive that makes us artists. It's the constant pursuit of realizing our creativity and creating something that may touch others. Even though it can be frustrating when things don't go as planned, this process also leads to our most meaningful and innovative works.
So even when you feel stuck in that frustration, remember that it's part of the journey. It's a reminder that you're an artist who cares about your work and always strives to reach higher. And when you finally find that sweet spot, that specific content feeling, the satisfaction and joy are indescribable. So keep creating, even when it's challenging because it's in those moments of striving and overcoming that true art is born.
My name is Annica Johansson and I am an Art Life Coach, Certified Sound Healer and Artist. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty. Welcome!