Awakening Your Everyday Mindfulness, Part 2

Oct 13 2017

by Rachel Camfield

The Southern Coterie blog: "Awakening Your Everyday Mindfulness, Part 2" by Rachel Camfield (photo: Anne Sophie Marchal)
photo: Anne Sophie Marchal

Welcome to the second month of our mindfulness journey. Last month, we tapped into waking up to what is the beginning of our mindfulness process. Now, it’s time to discover the true power you have in your life, the power of being the author and creator of your own life.

Step One: Accept That You Are Creative

First, you have to identify that you are creatively living–whether you have a paintbrush or smartphone in your hand, design functional and beautiful furniture, run a marketing business, or are growing your family or a beautiful combination of all of the pieces that are you.

Do you consider yourself creative? If not, is it because of a past experience in an art class, a comment made, or feeling outshined by someone who was really passionate about their own creativity?

I connect with clients regularly who reveal that they don’t think they are creative; attributing their success to hard work, staying the course, and not giving up. While all of these are noble descriptions when it comes to building a life, career, business, and/or brand I have to disagree.

The very fact that you are living and breathing with your eyes open to read this supports that you are in fact creative. The definition of creative is: Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas. 

You, my dear, have created and are creating your world around you. Your body creates your rhythms from your breathing to your sleep. Your mind has imagined you happy and loved. You can probably see a picture of yourself, right now, learning how to drive a car for the first time.

If you have a family, you are an artist of people and love. If you have a routine that sets your heart on fire, you are a sculptor of experiences. If you have deep friendships and relationships, you are a watercolorist of emotion, vulnerability, and willingness. These are original ideas.

Ask yourself this:

Take some time to meet yourself in your mindfulness space and journal on these questions. Break them up if you like, focusing on one question a week or any other combination that works for you.

Return Inward, Recharge and Rest

Another part of the conversation that is a must to address when discussing the cyclical, creative process is establishing rest and times to recharge.

Now, I know how tempting it is to want to keep your foot on the gas pedal, especially when you love what you’re doing so much. But the truth is, we cannot be in full creation mode all of the time. We must return inward, recharge and rest.

Think of it this way, too: Creating too much means you will most likely have to deal with expending additional time and energy getting rid of excess.

Creating consciously–whether it is habits, thoughts, space, projects, conversations, choices, or emails–and trusting the cycle of your energetic flow is not just a part of living, it is of the utmost priority to continually monitor and respect.

I’d love to see behind the scenes and cheer you on this month as you get clear on creating the experience you want to be living and incorporate rest and recharging. Let me know how your experience is going in the comments below or over on Instagram using the hashtag #comfortwithrachel.


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Rachel Camfield is a life and brand coach who helps heart-centered creatives and entrepreneurs find clarity and come home to themselves, to their brands, and sometimes both. She believes in the art of planning for success while creating a sparkly and inviting atmosphere to foster positive growth, personal development, and life + brand empowerment. She's also a designer, writer, power-walker, fantastic floral-arranger, and mom to her 4 lb toy poodle, Wally. You can find her on social media @rachelcamfield.

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