This past little while I've been doing some soul searching. Well...I'm always soul searching, but this time it's a different kind. Im looking at the details of my life and the world around me. The quantum soup. What is the path of least resistance and what are the tweaks I can make to create big change while letting things evolve organically and easily.
Our world has taught us to make things complicated and to be busy. Have you ever noticed that when you ask people how they are doing often the response is "I'm so busy" or "I've worked 12 hours over time this week" things like that. And most people are very proud of this busy-ness. And in a way they should be, our world rewards this immensely! But what is the reward? What are we truly getting out of this? It's a really good questions to ask but unless your willing to slow down you wont want to answer it.
The last few months I've been one of these busy people. I dislike being this busy very much. It scatters my brain. My quiet time gets noisy, and then my self talk starts to get negative an then its down hill form there. Sometimes life throws us curve balls, which is great for our personal evolution. And so now I'm evolving......getting back on track, slowing down and tweaking......
So here are my tweaks......Im going to post to this blog once a week. Writing helps me organize my emotions into thoughts, which keeps things in perspective. And it helps me keep connected with you. Which i love. Painting will always be a staple in my life so i never have to worry about consciously making a commitment to that, but what i will be doing some tweaking on that as well.
I've spent the last 7 or 8 years being one of the most prolific paintings i know. Painting 100 to 300 paintings a year, depending on the year and complexity. They didn't always turn out or were my best but i continued on this crazy quest of pouring my soul out on the canvas. The quantity approach was hugely beneficial to my evolution as an artist and thinker. But evolution has taken its course and is now saying change.
My new approach to painting and my whole life for that mater, is in the details. What small thing can I change that will have huge benefit. This is an incredibly powerful way of thinking. It's the concept of doing less to accomplish more. This doesn't mean hang out with your friends drinking coffee and talking about how great the party was last weekend waiting for great change to happen. This concept is sitting still, listening to your inner voice, feeling the world around you and connecting to the universal web of life. This process is actually one of the hardest things to master in life. But it is also one of the most rewarding.......
So in practical terms what does this mean? Here is my way of doing this......I love waking up slowly, having a coffee and reading. A great way to start the day. But I seem to not be so productive later. My blood sugar from the caffeine is wonky for the rest of the day and i feel like I'm doing catch up all day. Physically and emotionally. So....something needs to change to make the rest of my day better but I still want to keep my favourite habit. Enter 2 tweaks. 1: Ive started having 20 grams of protein first thing before coffee. Just a simple protein shake that i can add my greens to and chug without feeling gross. 2: I've added MCT oil to my coffee ( mix in blender to create a delicious "late" ), the MCT oil adds calories but also brain function, (this is only one of its benefits). So not only have I solved my blood sugar problem while keeping my favourite habit, I've also added the benefits of making sure i don't forget my greens in the morning and added extra brain function to the beginning of my day. Ya! So by changing 2 small things I have added more productivity and physical and emotional wellness to the rest of my day.
The other part of my life I'm tweaking is my painting life. Churning out paintings isn't the goal anymore. Whatever emotional need that was feeding has run it's coarse. Now i'll be painting a WOW painting about every 2 weeks. Why? I simply don't have enough time. I really dislike that busy lifestyle so i've decided to stop being so busy. I'm going to concentrate on my sketches, studies and art learning, and when I'm ready for the next painting or commission then i'll paint that. What this is allowing me to do is keep my skills up while enjoying the process of painting, but also make beautiful works of art.
These are not massive changes, but they are important changes. And they are not so far from how I like to live or what I'm already doing. So the shift is easy, organic and most importantly enjoyable. So when you want to make changes in your life consider tweaking rather than life altering.....enjoy your life and live it the way you want. Just live it better.....