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IMAGINATIVE MINDFULNESS

You’ll find me using this term to describe what I personally mean by ‘mindfulness’ – a varied set of practices that can support our wellbeing and recovery from stress, especially when they harness our imaginative capacities. The Collins Dictionary defines imagination both as ‘mental creative ability’ and ‘the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances etc’ – and I think this speaks to the importance of recovering our imaginative selves.

Imaginative mindfulness can help you to:

  • create a meditation practice that feels supportive, enjoyable and personalised
  • discover the stories that transform
  • embrace your sensitivity

In my own experience, it can also deepen an embodied connection to nature (even in an urban environment), and encourage creative expression (see Creative Writing for my published stories).

For those of us who find it challenging to inhabit the body, imaginative practice can provide a bridge: although the imagination and embodiment might seem like polar opposites, they both emerge from our right brain’s way of inhabiting the world, which isn’t very strongly encouraged in modern westernised culture. Thankfully, we can discover tools to reconnect with this way of being for ourselves.

(My own understanding has been greatly enriched by the wisdom shared by people like Peter Levine, Bret Lyon, Iain McGilchrist, Sandra Ingerman and Ram Dass).

I’ve shared my perspective on imaginative practice in more depth in my posts on Creative Mindfulness and Imaginative Mindfulness .

“I spent several years trying to do mindfulness by myself and not getting anywhere. Sheila explains so well what mindfulness is and how to incorporate it into each day.”

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