“All our problems and all our unhappiness are created by our uncontrolled mind and our non-virtuous actions. By engaging in the practice of dharma, we can learn to pacify and control our mind, abandon non-virtuous actions and their root cause, and thereby attain permanent peace, the true cessation of all our suffering.” ~ Geshe Langri Tangpa of the Kadampa Lineage
Mindfulness is the Survivor’s greatest weapon when it comes to managing living with cancer and dealing with life’s daily fun filled challenges. I wish that as part of the entire process after being diagnosed that the Integrative Oncology Wellness team would have been a part of the treatment team sixteen years ago. This way whatever the treatment plan coordinates so that it involves the mind in the spirit. It was as though my body went through all of the horrifying side effects and the mind and spirit were left in a state of limbo and confusion for extended periods of time. When the treatment was finished then I was given the all clear but there was nothing for what to do with my life from there with a new body and an unprepared mind. I was not only going through this alone, I was also my mother’s caregiver and there was no support. Now I find there is NO support for Survivors who live beyond the extended survival date. All Wellness Programs relate to those who are undergoing treatment and those that fall outside of that window as I have been and continue to be turned away. In essence there is no Support or Wellness programs available for survivors over 2 years. This is WRONG!
So, I had to DYI my life and it was by using Mindfulness to deal with the Stress and to explore myself to find out what makes me happy now living with cancer. Integrative Oncology didn’t exist in 2000. Research has shown and Time Magazine has just done a special edition pointing out how Mindfulness is the way to a Happy and Healthy Life. With that, I, as a neuroscientist, Survivor Advocate, 16 year survivor and writer am LIVING PROOF that mindfulness in conjunction with building a daily practice using jazz improvisational techniques, and for me Poetry is what gets me to Show Up as Survivor who, through time found a path that some days are good and others not, but, I am not suffering as a result. Who wouldn’t want a Happy solution…. So here are the 9 EZ steps to putting a little creativity into your way precious and valuable life.
Creativity – is having the ability or power to create. It is characterized as living in the moment and evokes approaching life with originality or looking at life with a fresh perspective using your imagination and expressing yourself in a style that is uniquely You. Sounds cool right? So why not live like this every day? Sometimes the hardest part is taking the first step.
Here are 9 suggested inspired steps to help you start living a creative way of life:
- Be willing to try something new.
Step out of your daily routine and did something totally different? Take a dance class, go to a concert or try a new jazz club near you to experience something that is a departure from your normal routine. Try a new radio station or grab a pencil and start sketching the trees in your own backyard or a park where you see children (they could be yours) take a vegan or gourmet cooking class @ a Natural Food Store to engage in a creative action. Creative thinking and creative action occurs when you decide that you want to jazz up your everyday life.
- Create something with your own hands on a regular basis.
Set the table following a layout from your favorite magazine, i.e., I like Coastal Living they have wonderful recipes and table settings that are really festive and different. Make time to try something new. For example go to the art section of your favorite department store and come up with a theme for the centerpiece with flowers, object, etc. Check out DYI sites on your computer. It is a lot of fun when you do it as a family and or friend thing.
- Express yourself through movement it could be dancing to music or watch a classic film, game or performing arts of a play or opera. creativeStart a writingor book club.
You have the option of creating whatever fun filled game board night, or learn a new dance step or routine to break away from your usual nightly routine. It does not have to cost a lot of money, just use your imagination.
- Integrate Creativity into your daily life.
Begin by scheduling time on your calendar for it. You don’t have to go crazy. Start off with maybe twice a month. Make it an intention as you would when you are meditating for a positive and productive day. Chances are you will not consider it foreign or uncomfortable because you are pacing yourself to experience life differently. Pick your own pace and find Parks and recreation programs that go to Wine Country or Hiking or Ballroom Dancing where there is not a long term commitment and you can sign up without going into debt. My cable company has dance, yoga, exercise as part of the cable package for free!
- Design or make something for your office or your room that is made by you.
Your surroundings are a reflection of your uniqueness. Inspiration is the catalyst for more creativity, grace and character. So it is wonderful to surround yourself with objects that you make or you find in unusual places. Hand-made objects evoke vivid memories as well as diversify your experiences.
- Find interesting and exotic creative spaces.
Museums, art shows or galleries, outdoor exhibits, theatres and outdoor performances will places remind and cultivate our innate creative abilities.
- Take time-outs or break for new inspiration
Inspiration is everywhere! Check with friends, family, coworkers, etc. suggestions of creative ideas they enjoy. Get the conversation on creativity going.
- Let your creative juices flow and explore everything!
Keep in touch with your creative network. Dialog and you will both be inspired.
- Be a creative outlet.
Talk about unique and unusual experiences to friends, email, start a blog or a Creative Living Circle. Just be relaxed and free to do whatever suits your fancy.
At the end of the day, be yourself. The possibilities are endless. Just include love, compassion, grace, forgiveness and most of all YOU! There is no right answer. Not happy with a choice, just make another one. And now for a short vid on nonconformity….You are here! Peace and Love Out! JBC 😎 & ❤
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