Sometimes, the spark that makes each one of us so unique and vibrant starts to dull. Whether it’s because you’re losing sleep, feeling stressed or burnt out, or suffering from a loss of motivation, there are a lot of reasons why we can lose our spark. The good news is that there are many practices you can try that will help bring your focus and creativity back to life!
From our vibrant, free-to-join reimagine happiness™ community to our open book journey podcast, we can help you discover the knowledge and tools you need to find sustainable and profound happiness in your life. Before you go, though, don’t forget to read on and find out the three practices we recommend you try to help reignite your spark.
1. Do a blind contour drawing
This is a fun and unique way to reignite creativity and give your brain a little jolt of inspiration. A blind contour drawing is when you pick an object - anything will do - and draw it, all without ever looking down at the page. Make sure to slowly and carefully follow the lines that make up the object you’ve picked.
Try doing it all in one continuous line, without picking your pencil up from the page, so you don’t ever break your focus from the line you’re following with your eyes. This is a great practice for those aspiring artists out there, but it’s also a great way to help improve your focus and reignite creativity.
Spending time focusing on all of the details that comprise a singular object is a mindfulness practice that can help you to slow down and savor the minute details that we oftentimes miss. Appreciate the beauty of the object; take the time to get to know its curves, shadows, textures, patterns. Even if your drawing isn’t accurate to the object at the end, it reveals your unique perspective of it - no one else will ever create another drawing exactly like it. Revel in the beauty of your unique understanding of the world.
2. Go with the flow
Did you know that certain mental exercises, when done over the long term, can actually help improve your ability to pay attention and focus? The same goes with creativity - the more you practice getting into a state of ‘flow,’ the easier it will be to get there the next time.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a positive psychologist who popularized the concept of flow. He defined flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” Cultivating this state of flow can help you better enjoy life’s finer things, whatever that may be to you. Next time you're ready to get into a state of flow, try doing an activity you love in a place where there are no possible distractions.
3. Try a meditation practice
Meditation is a tool that everyone should take advantage of, especially those looking to improve concentration, focus, and even get their creative juices flowing again. Many studies have been conducted on the multiple benefits that come from meditation or mindfulness practices. One study found that not only does meditation help improve one’s ability to pay attention, it even reduces fatigue, improves people’s mood, and lowers anxiety. 1 As Buddha said, “quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”
You have the ability to take control of your life and lead it in whichever way you wish. There are so many tools that narrative practices, positive psychology, and ancient wisdom have to offer every individual, and at karuna, we're here to help you access them.
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1 Fadel Zeidan, Susan K. Johnson, Bruce J. Diamond, Zhanna David, Paula Goolkasian,
Mindfulness meditation improves cognition: Evidence of brief mental training,
Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 19, Issue 2, 2010, Pages 597-605, ISSN 1053-8100,