I took a powerful class on Fueling Your Creativity this week, and something that I didn’t expect to take out of this class was a lesson in mindfulness and living with things that we tolerate but do not love. Not just emotionally, but physically we tolerate more than we need to and it is cluttering up our time and our minds. I vowed this year that I would spend one day a week taking new classes that would enrich not only my life but advance my career. So I signed up the Creator Pass – it's a year of unlimited classes with CreativeLive. I love it! Then jumped in with this great class by Srinivas Rao, the host and founder of the podcast, The Unmistakable Creative. The class is excellent, and if you want to make your life as a Creative prosperous, I highly recommend this class.
Mindfulness and Broken ThingsOne of the things that really struck a chord with me in his lecture is the idea that everyone has things that they tolerate, even if it is annoying because they put off change or allow themselves to procrastinate. We keep this mental list of things we need to fix, this To-Do list sits in the back of our minds and actually clutters up the creative flow. What we tolerate and allow in our lives makes an impact on our lives. We learn to live with things that are not working correctly, frustrating, even hurtful because we don’t want the hassle of change. When you want to reduce stress and anxiety, we have to address the flaws and get rid of the mental clutter. This is why the Minimalist Movement is so well received. Because people are understanding that clutter, broken things, and junk clouds our thoughts and minds. When you have fewer things to keep track of or to tidy up, you have less stress about where things must go. If we want to be less stressed, we have to take action to create calm. What do you tolerate in your life that could be better? Is it a messy house, a broken phone, or even a complicated relationship?
One thing at a time, like one breath at a time.The list of things that aren’t working right in our lives can become a mountain. And that mountain can feel like it is pressing on top of us and come in the way of our growth. It can even be terribly difficult to see how much you are tolerating that can be changed when it has all added up. Mindfulness teaches us to be aware of our surroundings. That’s helpful because sometimes we are so overloaded with thoughts and emotions, that we are not actually aware of the world happening all around us right now.
Stop tolerating little things that can be changed.How many of us have a list of things that need to get done? Scheduling doctor’s appointments, finish a project you started, etc? What is stopping you from clearing out that To Do list? Sure, money and ability can be a reason for not getting things done. I know there are plenty of things on your To-Do list that you have put off doing because it’s frustrating and you procrastinate. You are tolerating these things because you don’t want to stop procrastinating. But what happens when you clear off stuff from that list, you feel good! It feels good; it feels to clear your mind clutter and begin to move forward with life with less frustration.
Start today, one thing at a time.Look around you and be THERE. What do you see that could be changed to create a life with less clutter and less frustration? Do you find joy in your surroundings? Does this space give you peace? I have been working a lot of hours lately. And I started to gather a lot of clutter all over my desk. It was frustrating, I kept losing things. I didn’t have a good space to set down my tea. But I didn’t want to take the time that I believed I needed to be spending on work doing desk cleanup. I was willing to tolerate being annoyed with the desk clutter because I wanted to be more successful at work. However, I was spending more time thinking about how annoyed I was that I couldn’t find things, or that I wasn’t feeling the creative flow. It took just a few minutes, the time I spent while listening to my class, to clean up my desk and get rid of paper clutter that I didn’t need. Now I look at this space, I feel like I’m more content, and just like that, I’m happier with this space. What will you do to make your life a little more free of stress?