Here's an amazingly simple way to stress proof your life. Tiny, two minute or so drawing prompts from one of my favorite artists, Michael Nobbs. Here's my copy of Michael Nobbs' new, awesome, fun book, Drawing Your Life; Learn to See, Record and Appreciate Life's Small Joys, on drawing and appreciating your life. It has lots of nice space to add your drawings next to his.
For those of you who are not familiar with Michael Nobbs, he's an artist/writer who is all about trying to keep things simple. In the '90s he was diagnosed with ME/CFS and, over the last decade, has had to learn about sustaining a creative career with limited energy. He feels very strongly about living a creative and sustainable life with limited energy, so much so that he considers this to be his "Important Work". Through his blog, pod casts, drawings, eBooks and now this new Perigee/Penguin book, he teaches us all that it is possible to live a creative life with what ever our limitations might be. Very inspiring!
I find if you use his style, sort of semi-blind contour drawing, it really does improve the whole "Be Here Now" experience of the brain on mindfulness. There's something about really looking at your subject, really seeing it and following the contours with your eyes and hand, that allows for the parasympathetic nervous system to take over. (If you doubt me, just try it. See if you can do a contour drawing and stay in a state of anxiety. I think it may just be impossible)
Begin your lifelong journey. Start now! Go to his website, and pick up a signed copy of Michael Nobbs' book or a few eZines and watch the stress melt away as you play with him and celebrate the little things. Celebrate enough little things (maybe 3 a day) and you will create magic in your life!
"Forget about seizing the day, enjoy it instead (a gentler translation of carpe diem)"