This simple question posed by Ingrid Fetell Lee led her to explore the possibility that there might just be an easier way to ‘work’.
Ingrid came to realise that when we allow things to happen rather than pushing our way through them when we soften into an experience rather than hardening ourselves to work on it, ‘easy’ can in fact be a conduit to not only joy but also productivity.
Sound easier said than done?!
Ingrid suggests the following ideas to shift our focus from working on what’s before us to easing into it:
Do Less | Is it possible to do less? Maybe you don’t need to do everything that’s before you or maybe some of the things you’re putting your hand to don’t need to be done quite so ‘perfectly’.
Go Slow | Taking your time will allow you to make progress without having to rush toward a result.
Add Music or a Friend | Sometimes adding a component such as music or someone to complete a task with makes it feel lighter.
Embrace Curiosity | Being curious about what’s before us puts us in an exploratory mindset that can relieve the pressure we put on ourselves to perform.
This is from Inspirations Newsletter As Ingrid so eloquently reminded us at the end of her piece, ‘there will always be hard things in life, and there will always be things that are worth working for. Let it be easy doesn’t mean drop your standards and settle for less. It doesn’t mean that you never push yourself or rise to a challenge. Rather, it means acknowledging that easy doesn’t mean lazy or weak. It’s not a compromise. It’s a gentle surrender that trades control for presence. By allowing ourselves to participate in an experience without orchestrating it, to let it happen rather than forcing it, we find a more easeful way of being in the world, one that channels our energy in creative new ways.’
This all rings true to me and I like to think that I have put most of this into practice. I post it here to remind myself as sometimes we forget.
I feel like this has enough beading now. The beading enhances the kaleidoscope without obliterating it. I pushed myself outside of my box by using some bigger beads. I am always learning! I am linking with http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.ca/ http://www.supermomnocape.com/category/stitchery-link-party/
This something a bit different for me. I started by adhering doilies to a canvas and then painting the whole thing. I machine quilted it and then got stuck. It sat for quite a while before I knew where to go with it. I have added the circles and some hand embroidery. I want to add more embroidery and then it should be finished. I am linking with http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I need a little help from this clever stitching community. Pictured above is a vintage quilt block I inherited. I have been finding interesting ways to use them. My newest venture is to trade this with a young artist once I have embroidered a word on to it. The young artist is working on her solo show for graduation. Her idea is to create a piece of art each day and then trade it on Instagram. Her show will have a photo of the piece she created hanging next to the piece created in response to it. I hope I am describing her idea well enough. I am trading her for a vintage hanky that she embroidered panky onto. Giggles. So clever! I would love to come up with a word or phrase equally as clever but alas nothing has come to me. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Also, don't you just love that embroidery is going to hang in an art gallery at a university! I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/