Surreal Interventions Through Train Windows

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Surreal Interventions Through Train Windows

Imagine riding through the German countryside on a train. But the view from your window isn’t what you would expect. Instead, there is a real life theatre production of various surreal interventions.

At the end of August 2017, train passengers became spectators as local residents transformed their land into live art. The passengers watched an art project that spanned 30 kilometers along the German countryside.

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The artist duo of Datenstrudel, arranged a performance of different encounters.  Passengers were shown a world that demonstrated the effects of speed and perception and how it can impact people differently.

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The project took 5 years

The entire project scope was large. As a result,  500 residents and volunteers put on a total of 50 events along the route. The art project, called “Moved Land,” took 5 years to implement in collaboration with the Kunstfest Weimar. Finally, the project came to life in 2017 for the Festival for Contemporary Art.

Live art is creative, imaginative and alive.

The art was so unique to see that it brought on a different experience for the viewer. The art was creative, imaginative and alive.  But, most of all, it was beautiful and thought provoking.  For the price of a train ticket, people were able to connect urban and rural in an amazing creative display of surreal interventions.

Check out the video of the events below and be entertained.

Conclusion

It’s creative ideas through collaboration that result in bringing people together. The further away we move from conscious to automatic, the further we move away from each other.  I want to know what do you think about this project? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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HELLO, I'm Anders Vanderkool: Creative Guru. I am an educated graphic designer and fine artist. This is where you will find my thoughts and ideas about creative things. I will share with you resources that will help you on your next creative project. Maybe my posts will motivate you or change the way you approach creativity. Please share your ideas and comment. Let's start a discussion

Secret Poems Of Boston: Raining Poetry Project

 What are the secret poems of Boston?

If you ever find yourself walking the streets of Boston on a rainy day, be sure to look down at your feet because you might just find the secret poems of Boston beneath them. Something beautiful and inspiring appears right before your eyes in the form of poetry.

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Photo Credit: masspoetry.org

A joint collaboration between Mass Poetry and the City of Boston is appropriately called the “Raining Poetry Project.” The project began in  2016 during Poetry Month and continues to grow and inspire people around the city.

Poetry: A 6 x 9 Blank Diary for Poems

How it works

Water propelling spray is used to stencil poetry onto sidewalks throughout the city. The stencils are created by local artists and applied by the city’s Mural Crew.  Once applied, the poems disappear and only reveal themselves when wet, producing a beautiful poem on a rainy day. The spray is bio-degradable and generally lasts for 6-8 weeks. It’s a non-destructive way for public art to be displayed.

secret poems of boston
Photo Credit: masspoetry.org

The Future

The project continues to grow within the city of Boston and other cities such as Sudbury, Ontario in Canada.   Poems will be written in languages representing the different cultures within the communities, further building a multicultural foundation within the project.

RELATED: The world’s first sustainable city is in China

 

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Photo Credit: masspoetry.org

Would you like to see this happen in your city?

For more information on the initiative please visit them at masspoetry.org

Donate now to the project or purchase our Raining Poetry Guide for tips on how to bring this project to your own organization or community.

Would you like to see the secret poems of Boston become the secret poems of your city? What do you think of the idea? Share your comments below and please, if you enjoyed the post share.

 

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Great Stalacpipe Organ: Haunting Sounds From Middle Earth

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is located in Luray Caverns in Virginia, USA.  It’s operated by a custom console that produces electric impulses.  The impulses are sent to small rubber mallets that tap ancient stalactites of varying sizes.

The organ was designed and built in 1956 taking Leland W. Sprinkle a little over three years to complete.

Great Stalacpipe Organ

great stalacpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas

From concept to construction

The original design of the organ/console had many features including a pedal which provided “Harmonics, Reverb and Solo.” But, these features were removed in favor of amplifying every note at a constant level instead. Furthur to the audio, it was simplified for aesthetics.

great stalcpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ took over three years to complete.  Sprinkle would find and shave down appropriate stalactites to produce the notes.  37 stalactites spanning 3.5 acres were then wired to rubbers mallets and attached  to the appropriate keys of the organ.

The hounting sounds are heard throughout the 64 acre cave system.  However, when open to the public, the use of loud speakers is used to enhance the overall sound experience.

 

great stalacpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas

Step inside these beautiful and historic cavern system with this amazing 4k video tour of the cave by TRIUMPHRAINBOW on Youtube.

The result is hauntingly beautiful and can be heard below.

Conclusion

Finally, lets briefly talk about legacy. In 1956, Leland W. Sprinkle took someting  creative and brought it to life.  Not only was it a musical masterpiece built for the world to experience and talk about, he left a sustaining intrument to inspire new ideas for generations.  If you enjoyed the post, please share it and subscribe for updates.  I really enjoyed writing this post. Creating music in unique ways is the ultimate creative experience.

 

 

 

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What China’s Forest City Can Teach The World About Sustainability 

China’s Forest City

The construction of China’s first forest city has broken ground and is due for completion in 2020. This urban and sustainable environment is the first of its kind in the world.  The city supports a population of 30,000 people, and will have the support of two schools, a hospital, offices, housing and even hotels that will be covered entirely in plants and trees. In fact, Liuzhou Forest City will have 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants with over 100 different species.

china's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

Italian architecture agency committed to building sustainability.

This creative vision for the sustainable city is by Stefano Boeri Architetti, an Italian architecture firm that focuses on urban sustainability. The company has committed to building the first green city in the world- a city that will defend against pollution and encourage bio diversity.

This is not the first time Stefano Boeri Architetti has drawn attention for such innovative ideas. The firm is responsible for the Vertical Forest build in Milan. The architecture is now being implemented in other parts of China and Asia.

RELATED: Real Enchanted Forests

 

China is changing the way it looks at pollution.

China’s forest city was commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning and will be built to the north of Liuzhou, in the mountainous area of Guangxi. The forested city will cover 175 hectares and will get it’s water source from the Liujiang River.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

The city will absorb 57 tons of pollutants and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year.

This out of the box thinking will yield some impressive numbers.  Particularily, for a country that has poor air quality. The city will absorb 57 tons of pollutants and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year. This will help in decreasing the areas overall average air temperature and create sound barriers. The canopy of growth will insulate the city from the heat and from the cold. Thus, creating a strong and biodiverse ecosystem for birds, small animals, insects, and flora

Key Facts

  • Support 30,000 people

  • Absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 per year

  • Absorb 57 tons of pollutants per year

  • produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

  • Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of over 100 species.

    China’s forest city will utilize renewable resources.

Liuzhou Forest City will be wired for power and it will have fast electric rail and infrastructure for electric cars for clean transportation. The urban oasis will be self-sufficientnt with solar panels on roofs and use geothermal energy for internal air conditioning.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

China’s Forest City won’t be Asia’s largest city.

China’s Forest City won’t be Asia’s largest city. However, it will be the greenest and most sustainable on the continent and the entire world. It’s a step in the right direction, in one if the world’s most polluted countries.  Perhaps the world will take notice of this creative idea in sustainability.  Maybe the world will be motivated to follow in the footsteps of China’s forest city.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

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The Forgotten Art Of Buying Albums

The Forgotten Art Of Buying Albums

Recently, I walked into a busy record store and was stunned at how many people were looking at vinyl. I had remembered the forgotten art of buying albums. Browsing through some of my favorite albums, found myself drawn to the artwork and design of the album. I was reminded of the ritual of buying an album. The design and art always set the tone and mood of the album. The album art is what sometimes exposed new artists to me and many other people. Sometimes it’s the cover art that makes someone pick up an album.

*And to be clear, when I reference “artist(s),” I’m implying the musicians and bands, not the actual author of the cover art/photography. That’s a whole blog post for another day.

“Album art adds a secondary visual element to the sound- giving it more dynamics and life. A complement to the music and more than a story- the album takes you on a journey.”

Remember the local record shop?

The Forgotten Art Of Buying Albums

I remember saving up once a month and heading to the local music shop to browse for a new album. I would take it home and play it endlessly front to back for months. Until I knew every word, every note, or off time thingy that sounded awesome. The artwork design would tell the initial story and give insight to expectations as to their motivation. I would read the track listings and who played on each song-who wrote it. Often surprised by who happened to be credited on a track. A rock legend played that solo on track 4. Who knew?

The song lyrics would read like poetry, as I would always read them before listening to the album. Sometimes reading the lyrics on paper and seeing them can add clarity to a story. I would wonder why the order of the songs were picked in that specific way. It has a ritualistic experience.

“Album art adds a secondary visual element to the sound- giving it more dynamics and life. A complement to the music and more than a story- the album takes you on a journey.”

Buying an album is tangible and plot building.

The Forgotten Art Of Buying Albums

It shows a glimpse of what the artist was trying to share and it acquaints us to the music. Giving the listener a more transparent look into the mind of the musician. It adds an emotional element to the music. A way to visually relate to what the musicians are saying.

People now stream music, myself included. A metaphor for the short consumeristic attention span. Never knowing the name of the artist who created it. Just letting the song be a temporary moment in your day or memory. Meanwhile, these artists work their asses off writing and playing, tirelessly crafting their songs to perfection. Often paying out of pocket to pay for studio time and an engineer or producer. Let’s give these artist more respect and learn who they are at least. If even by learning their name. And if you like it, spend a dollar to let them know their work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

 

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“A metaphor for the short consumeristic attention span.”

Music is changing.

The art form of music and how we listen to it is changing, and not for the better-in my opinion. It’s becoming stripped down to a single track without the support of the finally crafted album behind it. Without the building blocks to set a visual tone, to lay the setting for the music. To learn about the music and the instruments that were played.

Music is not dead. It’s just different. If you choose to stream…that’s great because there is so much great music out there to be heard. But, remember to look up the artist. I’ve been reminded of how music should be experienced- as a journey, a ritual, and something that becomes part of your soul- a bookmark to a memory. Because I walked by a record store, I remembered the music. I had remembered the forgotten art of buying albums. Being in a record store reminded me of what music is supposed to be.

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Creative Beavers And Their Dam Skills

Creative Beavers And Their Dam Skills

“Beaver do better work than the Corps of Engineers”

Mike Todd

Why wouldn’t you read a blog about creative beavers and their dam skills. Because beavers are crafty creatures and also the National animal of Canada. Beavers are found throughout North America in rivers, lakes, streams, swamps and marshlands. These creative creatures adapt well to their environment. They adapt easily because they manipulate the area with dams. Beavers build dams to provide a home and protection from predators. The damns are built in areas that allow for easy access to food and water.

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The creative beaver builds a castle

The night workers start by diverting the stream with large branches and small logs to lessen the flow of water. They then drive logs into the mud to form a base and collecting mud, branches, twigs, grasses to build the structure. The dams are on average about 6′ tall and 3′ deep. The length varies but typically around 14 feet. Once the dam has created a flood plain to the proper depth to form a surrounding moat for the lodge, they will begin construction of their shelter.

creative beaver dam

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The beaver lodge

Beavers will begin by stacking material 10′ tall and 20′ wide with more logs and forest materials forming a large dome structure called a lodge.  They will then start from below the water line and dig and chew their way into their dome structure. They will create 2 entrances and a chamber (s). The inside chamber is used for eating, drying off, sleeping and caring for litters. These lodges will hold a single beaver family with up to 18 members. The entire family will contribute in maintaining there home, including adolescent beavers. Heavy maintenance occurs in the fall season in preparation for the winter. They will add fresh materials and mud to strengthen their home.

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Benefits of the beaver dam

  • Beaver dams change environments in such a way that the ecosystem builds upon it.
  • They help with flood control by gradually releasing high waters from heavy rain and run off.  Creative beavers even build diversion channels and flood gates.
  • They’re responsible for increasing the frog population by creating a protected environment for larvae to grow and thrive.
  • Boost water temperature and raise the oxygen levels.
  • Help reduce erosion and create mineral rich silt that is important to farmers.
  • The beaver dams stimulate plant growth are create food for declining populations of songbirds.
  • Beavers are essential to the success and growth of marshlands
  • Help purify water by removing pollutants.

 

creative beaver dam

Creative beavers: nature’s chainsaw

Beavers cut down trees by chewing at the trunk into an hourglass shape. These creative beavers are an all in one power tool, “nature’s chainsaw.”  They can bring down a 12″ diameter tree in just 20 minutes with their powerful jaws and teeth. They have also been known to take down trees well over 3′ in diameter.

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Conclusion

The creative beaver is a very resourceful animal. Often thought of as a pest by many, scientists have determined that the beaver is essential in supporting biodiversity in an ecosystem- including 43% of endangered species. If you have enjoyed learning about creative adventures of beavers, please comment below and share. Thanks for reading.

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HELLO, I'm Anders Vanderkool: Creative Guru. I am an educated graphic designer and fine artist. This is where you will find my thoughts and ideas about creative things. I will share with you resources that will help you on your next creative project. Maybe my posts will motivate you or change the way you approach creativity. Please share your ideas and comment. Let's start a discussion

Water Displacement and Distractions

Distractions and creativity

Water displacement and distractions: An analogy for creativity

Imagine a glass that is full to the brim with water. The water represents “creativity.” Beside the water you have an assortment of pebbles. Each of those pebbles represents a distraction in your life. As you start adding the pebbles one by one, the water displaces and spills out of the glass. Distractions take the space of creativity and the creativity spills over and disappears.  There isn’t room for both.

However, there is a difference between a distraction and doing something purposeful. Mindless channel surfing or swiping your phone screens with no intent is a distraction. Doing something to “kill time” in usually a distraction. When you’re distracted, you are giving up a possible creative opportunity. This example of water displacement is a simple way of giving creativity tangible characteristics.

water displacement and distractions

Technology blah blah blah

Firstly, lets talk about technology. We all blame innovation and sure, we look at our screens a lot. That is simply, the world we live in. I don’t see this a problem for the most part. The problem, is in fact,  when we mindlessly swipe through Facebook because we are bored. Every swipe is another pebble in the glass. Another missed opportunity to be creative. Distractions are important when we don’t overuse them.

Are people really entitled or just impatient?

Instant gratification has become the new global currency. I’ll admit I’m just as guilty as everyone else. I enjoy likes and retweets. I like that I can buy anything I want from the palm of my hand and have it delivered to my doorstep. But is it that entitlement? Or is it evolution? We create our own destiny and evolution. This entitlement is simply, the effect. Is it an oversight? More than likely it is.

We are creatures of habit and we are getting into dangerous territory. We are becoming more and more artificially connected and less emotionally connected to the people around us. We aren’t entitled at all, we are just impatient.

water displacement and distractions

There needs to be balance

We are becoming smarter but sacrificing social engagement in the process and in my opinion. In fact, we are creating a world of introverts and de-socializing from the world. Filling up our schedule with no room to experience “nothing” and just be. No time to ponder or create. No time to imagine. If we do find time, we are watching our favorite Netflix series. On our 15 minute coffee break we check in on Facebook or Twitter for gratitude. We need to start looking around and become more purposeful in our engagements.

Conclusion

In closing, first of all, thank you for reading my post about water displacement and distractions. I also recommend reading about Imagination and creative thinking. I’m not at all suggesting that there isn’t a place for distraction. I’m suggesting making those distractions more meaningful when you can. Take moments to be intentional in everything we do. Please weigh in below in the comments section. Let’s start a discussion.

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HELLO, I'm Anders Vanderkool: Creative Guru. I am an educated graphic designer and fine artist. This is where you will find my thoughts and ideas about creative things. I will share with you resources that will help you on your next creative project. Maybe my posts will motivate you or change the way you approach creativity. Please share your ideas and comment. Let's start a discussion

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Great ideas come when you least expect them. Daydreaming and creative thinking are very much related in that regard.  Some of the greatest minds in the world also knew that.  Daydreaming has led to some of the world’s greatest discoveries such as:

  • Nikola Tesla and all of his numerous inventions
  • Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity and other ideas
  • Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity

Albert Einstein referred to daydreaming as “thought experiments.” Some of these experiments led him to ideas that became some of his greatest works known today.

What is the common denominator?

You are at your creative best when you are free to think. Sometimes it’s when you’re in the shower or waiting for a bus. Maybe your next big idea came to you when you were looking up at the dark skies pondering the stars.

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That’s why so many creative people make time for reflection and relaxation. There is a stereotype that creative’s are lazy, but that is changing. In a study from August of 2012, psychologists discovered that if you allow your mind to wander, it can be helpful in creative problem solving.  Psychologists from the University of California have also discovered connections between daydreaming and problem-solving more creatively.

“There are many anecdotes that the daydreaming and creative thinking process would increase when engaged in unrelated thoughts. This anecdote dates back thousands of years.”

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to shut off the noise around you in any given moment

Most creative moments occur when your brain is at rest. Free from the everyday stresses and not staring at a screen. When staring at a monitor or small screen, the brain is in a state much different to that of daydreaming. It’s not a coincidence that there are similarities to meditation which I have spoken of many times. I’ve created a creative meditation which is about 8 minutes long. You can download it here. Using tools like mindfulness meditation can help put your mind into the correct mental state.

Daydreaming in the workplace

Most businesses look at daydreaming as a negative. Perhaps it would reflect a lazy and unproductive employee. However, the opposite effect occurs. If business leaders would look at the science and the benefits of allowing daydreaming and creativity in the workplace, they could increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. Some of the most innovative companies in the world including Nasa and Google absolutely, are aware of the benefits. In fact, Nasa has programs and courses that focus exclusively on creativity.

Conclusion

Daydreaming and creative thinking is the way to find that creative boost that you may be looking for. Don’t let anyone tell you to not be a dreamer. Dreaming is what gives a reason to find new innovative ideas. Are you a daydreamer? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

 

Much Love on your creative journey

Anders Vanderkool

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Real Enchanted Forests to Inspire Creativity

real enchanted forests

There is nothing more grounding than being in the forest. I’m going to share with you some real enchanted forests that you should visit. We have all imagined amazing places from the dark fairy tales we were told about as children. There is something instinctual and primal about being in the forest.  It’s a place where creativity begins. There an underlying energy that every human can understand: The connection to nature. We are all part of an interconnected ecosystem, though urbanized populations have long forgotten it. When in the forest, it’s an energizing feeling.  A place to reset your day, week, or even year.

I talked about he benefits of traveling on creativity previously.  It can literally change you. When was the last time you traveled?  When was the last time you visited the forest? Here are some real enchanted forests to check out:

Wistman’s Wood

Real Enchanted Forests

Wistman’s Wood has been mentioned in writing for hundreds of years. It is likely a left-over from the ancient forest that covered much of Dartmoor c. 7000 BC, before Mesolithic hunter/gatherers cleared it after around 5000 BC.  Wistman’s Wood is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England. The wood has been the inspiration for numerous artists, poets, photographers and appears in hundreds of nineteenth century accounts. One tradition holds that it was planted by Isabella de Fortibus (1237-93). The wood is described in detail and discussed as a point of great interest in The Tree, a 1978 essay on naturalism by English novelist John Fowles. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

 

The Crooked Forest

real enchanted forests

The Crooked Forest , is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. This grove of approximately 100 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. Each pine tree bends sharply to the North just above ground level, then curves back upright after a sideways excursion of three to nine feet (1–3 m). It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. It has been speculated that the trees may have been deformed to create naturally curved timber for use in furniture or boat building. Others surmise that a snowstorm could have knocked the trees like this, but to date nobody knows what really happened to these pine trees. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

 RELATED: What China’s forest city can teach the rest of the world

Caddo Lake

real enchanted forests

According to Caddo legend, the lake was formed by the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes. There may be some truth to the legend, as Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee was formed by that earthquake. Most geologists feel the lake was formed, either gradually or catastrophically, by the “Great Raft“, a 100-mile (160-km) log jam on the Red River in Louisiana, possibly by flooding the existing low-lying basin.

Caddo Lake has been utilized by Native Americans for thousands of years, but substantial commercial development would only begin with invention of the steamboat and US annexation of Louisiana and Texas by treaty (Texas is the only State in the United States to have joined by treaty instead of annexation) in the 19th century. The cities of Port Caddo, Swanson’s Landing, and Jefferson in Texas, and Mooringsport in Louisiana, had thriving riverboat ports on the lake. Gradually as the log jams were removed in the lake and the Red River, the lake changed shape and eventually fell over ten feet, destroying the East Texas ports and their riverboat industry. Since 1965 Texas’s Caddo Lake has had hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings according to the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC), as reported in the Travel Channel 2006 documentary Bigfoot. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

real enchanted forests

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany is a transnational composite nature site. The Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians include ten separate massifs located along the 185 km (115 mi) long axis from the Rakhiv mountains and Chornohora ridge in Ukraine over the Poloniny Ridge (Slovakia) to the Vihorlat Mountains in Slovakia. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany include five locations in various parts of Germany.

Most of the Slovak components of the World Heritage site are situated in the Poloniny National Park in the easternmost and also the least populated part of the country. The National Park was created on 1 October 1997. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Hallerbos

real enchanted forests

The Hallerbos is a forest in Belgium, covering an area of 552 ha (1,360 acres). It is mostly situated in the municipality of Halle, in Flemish Brabant and has also a little part in Walloon Brabant. The forest is known in the region for its bluebell carpet which covers the forest floor for a few weeks each spring, attracting many visitors. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Conclusion

These breathtaking forests not only inspire creativity, they reconnect you with nature. Do you have any favorite places that inspire you? Have you ever visited one of these real enchanted forests? Share in the comments section below. If you found this post inspiring or helpful, please share it on your social media and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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Creative Mindfulness Activities: Meditation

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Meditation is one of the best creative mindfulness activities

This meditation will help clear your mind and allow yourself to concentrate while the body relaxes. Meditation is one of the best creative mindfulness activities that you can do. It will help put you in a relaxed state, as long as you you breath. Now you can visualize and brainstorm new ideas and concepts. You might be able to shed light on a project that you already are working on. It will simply, put your mind into a space of creativity- if that is where you want it to go. I know, that when I find myself up against the wall and needing ideas, meditation is a very good place to start. It somehow is able to find that creative monster inside.

What does meditation do for the body?

Aside from increased focus and imagination for creativity, meditation is proven to have measurable physical health benefits.  These benefits include an improved immune system, decreased stress and insomnia , and helping with chronic pain. If you have any sort of creative block or just have been having problems with focus- try this meditation

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7 Minutes of pure relaxation

Aside from helping with creativity, I find that listening to this 7 minute track can help calm the active mind after a busy work day. It’s pure relaxation with calm streams and nature all around you. The melody is set to a resting heart rate of the average human being.
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HELLO, I'm Anders Vanderkool: Creative Guru. I am an educated graphic designer and fine artist. This is where you will find my thoughts and ideas about creative things. I will share with you resources that will help you on your next creative project. Maybe my posts will motivate you or change the way you approach creativity. Please share your ideas and comment. Let's start a discussion