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Sophie Tomlinson (22) With a BA in Media Studies I am ready to specify and learn everything there is to know about Advertising and Marketing. To escape everyday life, I am into interested in anything spiritual or artistic.

4 Tips to Personalise your Meditation

Stressed? Overwhelmed?- have you tried meditation?

Simply, Meditation is training your mind to be peaceful; it’s a way of focusing on your breathing or a mantra and clearing your mind so that once you come out of meditation you are more mindful in everyday life. With practice, meditation can improve emotional and physical health.

However, there is no perfect or correct way to meditate, here are tips to personalise your own mediation programme.

  1. Length: A quick five minute mediation can sometimes be suffice enough to focus your breathing and be at peace; throw the clock out and take the time you need.
  2. Location: Yes, there’s tons of glorified meditation images that show mediation done on beaches or in serene surroundings but honestly all you need is somewhere that’s comfortable and quiet.
  3. Position: The true cliché is that you have to sit crossed legged, with index finger and thumb together chanting omm, and whilst you can, it doesn’t mean this is the only pose, any position that you find comfortable will work; I sometimes lay flat in savasana so that I can completely focus on my breathing.
  4. Atmosphere: Be it the time of day, whether you need background music or a guided meditation, just create a space that you can feel completely comfortable and peaceful in.

Following rules will only restrict the peace you’re creating; it was once said –

“Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Buddha

The Modern Addiction

“Life without a phone is riskier, lonelier, more vivid.” – Eloisa James

I check the time, I scroll through  social media, I read articles, I communicate and thats just partly my mobile activities.

I recently took a trip and my battery died,  I was exposed to actually being present and to opening my mind and looking at my surroundings, which got me thinking about how many times I engage with this tantalising addiction.  Returning home I stalled charging my phone and instead of engaging in mindless scrolling I actually read my book and  found myself fully immersed in my activities, as I didn’t have the nerving little habits niggling in the back of my mind to check my phone.

Anna Versaci posted a blog on her experience of giving up technology for 24 hours, she found that she actually felt bored and that she found herself wanting to double-check things that she could easily find out by been present in the day, she also found that she managed to do activities that she thought she was too busy for however, in reality  she was just distracted with the constant ping’s of notifications.

This article made me aware of my constant need to be using technology, even if its just to check the gym schedule; whilst technology is wondrous, taking a step back and finding a natural rhythm of the day before succumbing to feed the addiction may be my new way.

Given up technology before? Leave a comment of your experience or advice.

The Lost Art of Wijdesteeg

“The City is my canvas”  Laser 3.14 (Amsterdam street artist)

Wijdesteeg Street was popular for its colourful pathway and vibrant display of local street artists work. For years, Wijdesteeg was a key location to visit in Amsterdam,

the vibrant and colourful street truly showed off the talent and freedom of expression of Amsterdam artists.

I come from an artistic family, so naturally when I visited Amsterdam, Wijdesteeg was top of the list, however when I arrived to what I thought would be an eye-opener of beautiful art,  I was presented with a building site; the colour path was non-existent, the once vibrant colours were covered in dust, and the art was no longer.

I quickly discovered that Amsterdam was starting to crack down and criminalise these activities. I saw this as a battle of high and low art, whilst the city boosts and promotes the Rijksmuseum and Van Goph Museum, the street art is left to be removed and hidden. However, to help with the situation, Amsterdam Council provided artists with free walls, a space that they can create their art without the threat of been caught or be destroyed- the catch, these walls can only be found on the outskirts of the city.

Whilst there are mixed opinions on street art,  its a shame that a place that pulled tourists and the art community together is now gone.

Amsterdam is open-minded to creativity, but for me, their creative identity is shifting.

Thoughts..

Street art; Defacing public space or Art?