“I now know that I don’t know what any particular tree will look like without first seeing it, and even then it is likely to be more than I see.”
-Ellen Langer, Mindful Creativity
A few weeks ago, I went camping with my kids and husband. Previously, I have been reluctant to engage in such endeavors because:
This week I worked with students in the Mosaic program with Kim Leddy and Steve Shapiro. We wanted to provide students with an introduction to mindfulness and mindful creativity while also introducing the themes of transformation, identity and change.
Before I came into the classroom, Kim and Steve had used a variation on this mindfulness lesson (originally for teachers and staff) to introduce neuroplasticity and mindfulness to students. In the lesson, they also had students write metaphors for their brains. Student responses ranged from “a runaway train” to “Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.”
This lesson prepared students by providing opportunities to think about what their brain is like now, and what they might want it to be like in the future with the understanding that they can make changes with focused attention. It was a great lead in to some creative, messy work.
As part of my participation in an Artist’s Way group, I am obligated to spend two hours alone doing something that fills my “creative cup” once a week. I have been pining for a photography trip in downtown Columbus, so that’s how I used my “artist’s date” time on Sunday. Here are some of the images that caught my eye.