I recently discovered amigurumi and crochet. Amigurumi is the Japanese word for knitted or crocheted stuffed animals or toys. I had never held a hook in my hands before and it was interesting to start doing chain stitches, single crochet in rounds and anything needed in order to create a cute bunny. My husband, coming back home, said that it looked like a cat had fun in our apartment!
My home is packed with natural gems and crystals (I am into crystal therapy!). I chose black tourmaline, fluorite and amber to do elixirs and essences: it is very easy to prepare one. Put the crystal in water inside a glass container and leave it at the sunlight for several hours, then put the water in a bottle (you might want to use a spray if your purpose is using the essence in the environment) and eventually add one third of alcohol (brandy is fine!) in case you're planning to store the liquid for more than some days.
Why did I choose those gems specifically? To absorb negativity and purify the environment at home: they are all very effective stones for that purpose. Black tourmaline and fluorite, particularly, protect from electro-smog (deriving from mobiles, computer and tv). Black tourmaline does even more: it doesn't absorb electro-smog, it bounces it off so that it creates a barrier of protection if put between us and the screens.
I took drawing classes about one year ago and every now and then I take pencil or charcoal again and doodle. Last time I felt that something was missing though: color! That's how I began exploring watercolors and poster colors.
As you can see from the not-that-great outcomes I got, it doesn't matter how good we are: we don't need a perfect result, it is just to have fun and focus. Great to develop concentration and overcome stress!
Creativity implies love: my biggest love is writing. Writing helps us to manage emotions and it helps us to understand ourselves on a deeper level and clearing the mind from doubts. Keeping a diary is one of the most effective methods of communication with ourselves: it is important to write without thinking too much about the outcome, let ourselves go and read only when finished. Maybe after several days, when what we wrote might be extremely clarifying.
Applying creativity, no matter how, has a soothing effect and expands our perspectives. Too often I see people limit and judging themselves: few hours distributed during the week are sufficient to be creative and benefit from that on both a physical and mental level.
Letting our creativity run free increases our ability to focus, it allows us to communicate more openly, it lets our talent express and makes us look at ourselves as the very special persons we are, enjoying the process more than the goal.