As part of her August Digital Residency, Jessica Wood ran an Instagram Live session with mindfulness and mental wellness facilitator Mica Montana. Below is a write-up of the session by Jessica, as well as a link to re-watch the session.
The origins of this workshop, a mix of conversation, mindfulness facilitation and creative exploration started after reading the popular article on NY Times entitled ‘There’s a name for this Blah’ you’re feeling’.
Everything in the article resonated with me personally and, as I began to frantically share the piece with everyone that I could, I realised others had been feeling the same. When people asked me ‘how are you?’, I answered them with ‘well…. I read this article about blah blah blah and basically…. I’m languishing’.
It felt good to have a clear way to describe what had been feeling like a hazy fog for the last few months. But I was still stuck in that space, telling the same story with the same verbs, adjectives and conclusions. I knew I wanted to move from languishing into a place of flourishing but I wasn’t sure how to do this and the old joys I found in writing didn’t seem to cut it or bring that sense of peace they once did.
A friend of mine Mica shared a post on instagram about offering some Mindfulness sessions as she began her clinical practice. I jumped at the chance to get some insights from her.
In this space we created, just a few online sessions I was startled by the sense of unease it can sometimes be to just exist in yourself without fighting, without doing anything just allowing yourself to exist.
I found this space of mindfulness that we had begun to create as a gateway into the flourishing that I and others so desperately long for. With the same frantic energy that I had to share the article which gave voice to my experience, I wanted to share some insights and practices of mindfulness.
I hope that by following these exercises, you’ll encounter a sense of peace and excitement about your creative potential.
Link here to watch the live stream.