It’s normal to have a hard time meditating in this ever-engaging world.
We don’t need research to know that the demands on our attention are greater now than ever before, and that our capacity to remain attentive to a single phenomenon for longer than say, eight seconds, is dwindling.
Quests for increased focus, concentration, and productivity often point to a similar destination: a steadfast recommendation to meditate. But for the person who tries and loathes it, can’t sit long enough, already has a practice, or intends to meditate and can’t quite get there, how is attention cultivated?
Yoga is one way. Knitting is another. Getting lost in a rhythm like dancing or surfing are others. But the rising trend this year is making art. Equal parts fantastical and counterculture, artist lifestyles are right up there with van life goals, and yet an increasing number of people are trading in their mindful coloring books and choosing the artist’s way instead. More important still, "regular" non-artist adults are using the analog creative process as a mechanism to detach from their phones, connect with people in person, foster a sense of self-expression, and, whether they know it or not, slip into a meditative state. People are finding ways to make art a part of their wellness routines or adopting an artist lifestyle altogether with the intention of optimizing well-being.