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“Firms that do well at wellbeing will see talent stay and join. Those that don’t, will struggle.”
(Robert Hicks, Group HR Director at Reward Gateway)
OUR REALITY IS A MIND-DRIVEN REALITY
‘Our mind wanders 50% of our awaking moments.’ We multitask, we work towards tight deadlines, we jump from one task to the next. It’s a digital world we live in, where working, shopping or connecting often happens in front of the screen. Most of the time we spend in our head. The body is seldom involved, the hand-gestures are reduced to scrolling or typing. Our creative output has declined to about 2% of our potential and creativity is often generated digitally. As a result we feel stressed out, depressed and uninspired lacking happiness, inspiration and aliveness.
Our hands want to touch, explore and discover. Our bodies want to feel, embody and breath. HANDFUL creates moments for these missing experiences.
THE CLAY MEDITATION HELPS TO TURN THE ATTENTION INWARDS.
Getting drawn in by the clay helps us to focus and improve observational skills. The organic material has body-like qualities that activate our intuition and connect us to ourselves. We can let go of any pressure, expectations or distractions.
The Clay Meditation is a conscious process engaging the hands through tactility, gesture and intuition. Meanwhile the mind can relax and arrive at the same place with the body. Through slow motion gestures and tactile qualities new information from the hands are sent to the brain. It's a calming as well as insightful process.
According to medical educator, Roger Lemon feedback happens every time we move our hands, handle a tool or explore a new surface (Lemon, 2014). The hands are feeding information back to the brain while we are working with clay. “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” (Carl Jung)
When experiencing the Clay Meditation participants discover the body-like characteristics of the organic material clay and at the same time connect to the present state of their body.
RESEARCH IS ON OUR SIDE
A wealth of recent research has found that art-making is linked to positive effects on mental health and creativity leading to improved performance at work, brain function, and happiness. The clay process improves discernment between activities that nurture or deplete internal resources. People learn to recognise the signs of stress and are able to respond more effectively.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESULT-DRIVEN WORKSHOPS?
You want to find out more about the Clay Meditation and learn how HANDFUL can help your company, write us an Email to [email protected] We offer online and offline sessions, based on circumstances, goals and times. We are happy to send you a proposal and talk about your needs and intentions.
Sessions can be offered in german or english.