Monday, June 3, 2013

Fun Monday Challenge #5; Finding treasure, creating delight

I adapted this challenge from Christopher Germer,  a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatment.  Dr. Germer is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.  (His website Mindful Self Compassion is mindbogglingly good, by the way.)

Would you like to experience self-compassionate joy for 20 minutes? Take a 15-30 minute pleasure walk outside.  This works best if you can take the walk in nature but any walk will do. The idea behind the walk is to notice as many pleasurable things as possible, slowly, one after another. Use all your senses—sight, smell, sound, touch...maybe even taste.

Collect as many happy, beautiful, or inspiring things as you can, with a camera, cell phone, or with your mind's eye. Do you enjoy the fresh air, the warm sun, a beautiful leaf, the shape of a stone, a smiling face, the song of a bird, the feeling of the earth under your feet?

When you find something delightful or pleasant, really study it.  Enjoy its shape, texture, scent.  Feel a tender leaf or the texture of a stick. Give yourself over to the experience as if it were the only thing in the world. And when you are ready to discover something new, let it go and wait until you discover something else that is pleasurable and delightful to you.

Be like a honeybee going from one flower full of nectar to another. When you are full with one, go to another.  Take you time and enjoy!   Come back to your art space with your treasure and create delight!

For extra delight here's a link Gretchen Miller found:

Feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool.  

1 comment:

Lani Gerity said...

For additional delight here's a link Gretchen Miller found: