As with most traveling experiences, I endured many frivolous hardships: short beds, curtainless showers, noisy streets, all things I would have complained about at home but hardly even noticed while being here. Greece was more than worth it, with its ancient ruins, dramatic landscape, and cultural depth that not only unveiled a new world but also a world of the past.
But after spending three weeks in Greece drawing and painting, I felt like I was just getting started. It took over a week to get beyond cell phones, email, Twitter, and my desire to keep up with news reports. Finally, the voices in my head stopped. This is when my mood really started to elevate, and my mind opened up. I wasnâ€™t burdened by have-tos and should-haves, and my easy going attitude influenced my work. I wasnâ€™t thinking about success so much as just enjoying the act of creating. I developed a new mode or rhythm and got into a zone. It was a comfortable place to be and so relaxing. I had clarity of mind, focused energy, and was completely present in the moment. It was like a meditation and it felt empowering. Relaxing. Fulfilling.
2 thoughts on “Traveling in Greece with Clarity of Mind”
Thanks for explaining about “The Zone”.
I too was pleased to discover how staying fully present allowed me to make this picture. By the way, I have just ordered a copy of your book but living in the UK I must wait patiently for it to travel from the USA. Looking at your work I now want to make bolder, freer use of colour.
Thanks for purchasing my book! Making the book was a true labor of love. I felt like I was in Greece for six months instead of the three weeks I spent there.
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