"We are the goon squad and we're coming to town. Beep beep!"
I've loved playing dress-up ever since I can remember. Expressing myself this way has always made sense to me. And everything about it is simply fun. Especially when you get to make the clothes you wear.
1. The thing I'm wearing around my neck I call a 'Couture Bib'. It's covered in extensive collage work and is an explosion of color (just how I like it). People normally wear bibs to prevent a possible food-spillage catastrophe all over their clothes but, poetically speaking, the "food" in this case is already spilled all over this bib in the most dramatic way possible, so it saves you a step! This is what makes it 'couture' of course: poetically efficient. Stains of color all over the freakin' place! Fabric food! Fabric is just so yummy. It's the yummiest non-edible thing that's ever existed.
2. My mom was in Japan recently and got me these fun pants (not pictured is the incredible polka-dot pockets in the back). Japanese fashion is so visually intoxicating and utterly delicious. These are some of my favorite pants now.
3. It was a chilly, overcast morning so I'm also wearing my black sweater with all the detailed white embroidery that took ages to finish. But I embroidered it like nobody's business regardless because embroidery is one of my various, necessary meditations. Life can feel like it's overflowing with so much stress. Everyone needs their meditations. Whether this means actually sitting down and meditating or embroidering for hours like me. Anything that truly calms the mind and body for an extended period of time, or however long you can swing it, should be a daily practice! It's imperative for one's health.
Health Benefits of Daily Meditation:
If it's not a day I'm embroidering, I try to do some actual meditation. There was a study done at Harvard that found meditation could actually change the structure of the brain. In a matter of eight weeks, they found that daily meditation appears to shrink the amygdala, otherwise known as the brain's "fight or flight" center. This part of the brain is associated with fear and emotion and is involved in our body's response to stress. While this part of the brain shrinks, our pre-frontal cortex becomes thicker. The pre-frontal cortex is associated with awareness, concentration, and decision-making. Thus, all in all, meditation is an incredible thing that is capable of replacing our more primal responses to stress by more thoughtful ones, which is always a helpful tool to have in your back pocket. In my book, it's a necessary tool. No one likes it when stress takes you over and you feel powerless to it's chaos. Luckily, a daily meditation practice over time can prevent this unnecessary take-over. Mindfulness, in every aspect of life, is always key.