In his book “Care of the Soul” Thomas Moore illustrates that doing things with our hands is soul enriching. He explains that hobbies are important because they require our mind and body – creativity is nourishing! Hobbies enhance our lives, but the simple act of doing things for ourselves influences our soul. Much simplicity that once played an important role in our lives has gone by the wayside. Gardening, cooking and creating became lost arts.
In an article, I wrote some time ago called “You Know More Than You Realize” I talked about how everything connects. I mentioned that if we take the time to consider what we understand concerning different topics we discover that we know a lot. This week I watched a program on PBS about Conceptual Mind Mapping that gave me further insight. The program was about how they are utilizing these maps in schools. They use them to determine what a child knows about a subject so that the teachers can clearly understand what they need to learn. As I watched I became absorbed by the information they offered about how our mind works and how naturally we develop concepts. In addition, this program helped me gain some insight into horses, as I realized that they are incapable of developing concepts.
This could turn out to be one of my lamest posts ever, but I am writing it anyhow. Many of you know by now that I like to find the finer details in subjects by what you might call, “splitting hairs.” There are delicate differences in the way we perceive our universe and the words we use. Think about it for a moment. Is there a discrepancy in declaring that you are mad and stating that you are frustrated or angry? The suggestions we feed our mind engage our imagination. Perhaps it is reasonable to say we are mad rather than expressing our true feelings. Maybe it does not really make that much difference in the way we process, but who knows.
Children are so cool how they live in the moment and create an adventure out of the simple pleasures. Our grandson, Noah, sat and played computer games with me a couple of weeks ago. He picked up the headphones and became an airline pilot right before my eyes. Then he changed his accent to his pseudo Italian and began taking a pizza order in his pizzeria. The next thing I knew he was saying attention Walmart Shoppers… Yep Noah really got on a roll once his equipment was in place. He had everything he needed, a $12.00 headset and an imagination that transported him from one reality to another! “I love the headphones, grandma, they are cool!” he says.
I read the book “You Can If You Think You Can” by Norman Vincent Peale several months ago. This suggestion is immense and the fact is if we think we can we can! If we think we cannot, this is equally true. My mother spewed this seemingly nonsense to me as I was growing up. It seemed like a method to get me to cease saying I can’t, instead of something to encourage me to believe in my potential. As I read this book and reflected on the profound truth that it revealed, I considered an experience.
Using your imagination to take in the facts is really a matter of considering or reflecting. You know more than you probably give yourself credit for, and tapping into this knowledge can raise your confidence. Many people tell themselves that they are stupid and convince themselves that they know little. With some thought, you will discover that you are smarter than you realize, and that you can expand what you currently know.
Recently, I watched a news interview about the two sides of the brain. An art teacher presented her views on the creative side, which she explained as the right side of the brain. The left side she stated is the intellectual reasoning side that we use the majority of the time. The speaker advocated tapping into our creative side daily, to exercise it. She recommended to journal, cut things out of magazines and even cooking. Her contention was that by tapping into this side of our brain, we release stress and give the left side a break.
When my children were young, I devised a game called, “The Know/No Game”, to elicit some help around the house. Four boys, one girl and a Mom can generate a lot of dirty dishes, laundry and so on. At our house the game was played with a goal in mind, for example, the first player to use the word know or no, does the dishes, the second player out, dusts the furniture and so on. The rules to the game are very basic, while the game itself is much more complicated. Being an adult playing with children doesn’t mean you will always win. I washed the dishes many a time.
This video offers great insight into the mind of a child and the innate creativity in us all. I especially liked his account of the young girl sketching a picture of God. The girl’s response to her teacher is characteristic of a young mind – out of the mouths of babes!