Seeing a friend’s recent Instagram post got me thinking about the positive benefits of creativity. In her post she talked about returning to painting – something she’d not done for a long time. And she described how she felt her return to this particular creative endeavour nurturing her soul. In particular because she’s decided to paint and draw and create for the experience and the journey alone, rather than a means to make money. And that was something she’d tried to do but found it dragged her down.
It’s February already – where does the time go? Anyway, February, as we all know, is all about the love. We can’t move for red and pink heart motifs. So, we thought we’d take the opportunity to have a rummage through related notions of being kind and sharing the love and even loving the skin you’re in.
Before I set up my Pink&Green organic skincare brand, I’d worked for many years as a holistic therapist. When working with a client I instilled in them the importance of making time for themselves with which to pay attention to their skin. I urged them to listen to what their skin was telling them. And then to act on it. But I also listened to them talk about how their skincare didn’t suit them. There were too many harsh chemicals and too much sore skin.
Yep. The time for cosy, autumn nights in approaches. Later this month we’ll put the clocks back and then the time to hunker down with cosy candlelight, cashmere socks and snuggly blankets begins in earnest. And with that, the chance for some ‘you’ time? After all, as this quotation so perfectly puts it:
2021 has thus far seen a range of dramatic weather events. We’ve seen the apocalyptic rain in Germany and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands that claimed 200 lives. Click into this Economist article and you’ll see a photograph that will take your breath away – but not in a good way. It rams home the unimaginable destruction they’ve suffered there. We’ve seen too the fearful fires blazing across the Mediterranean region, resulting from record-breaking summer heatwaves. All of which has prompted me to flag up Greenpeace Day 2001 which is on the 15th September. And hot on its heels from the 20th – 26th September is national recycling week.
Do you pride yourself on being a good listener? What do you think comprises being good at listening? A Guardian article I read a few days back, ‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people’, caused me to pause and … well … think. Reading it, it occurred to me that, all too often we can fall into the trap of believing that listening equates to staying quiet and not interrupting when someone is talking. Well that helps of course. But what the art of listening is really about is taking on what someone tells you.