When I got started beading, I was in a stressful job with a long commute (tiring and stressful). At a friend’s suggestion, I took a class at a nearby bead store. After work I came home and started making jewelry. I would feel the tension leave my body with each bead I would put on the wire. I felt better at midnight after hours of beading than I had all day long. Beading became my “happy place.”
Soon I started teaching beading classes out of my house in the East Bay, which led to opening a bead shop, Bead Inspirations. In the past 6+ years, I have heard so many customers tell me how fun, relaxing and therapeutic beading has been for them.
But even in a fun business like beads, I can get focused on stressful things: surviving a difficult economy, dealing with employee issues, making sure we have products on time for classes, etc. So what I’ve learned I have to do is to keep choosing to go to my happy place. It is a mental habit to spend so much of my time focusing on the stressful aspects of my life. But, I’ve got a choice!
Sometimes it is enough to interrupt the stressful thinking and think about a time when I was relaxed and happy. I can remember how it feels to be in the creative flow and dwell in that memory for a while, taking the time to feel into the joyful serenity of it. Other times I need to actually disengage completely from all the other activities in my life and physically go to my favorite happy place for a time. Either way, I can choose.
In one of my spiritual reference books we affirm: I can choose peace instead of this. We don’t have to live with stress all the time because we can choose to go to the happy place, either in our mind our in the physical world. I hope to see you there.
P.S. If you’re in the SF Bay Area, come to our shop in Alameda for Bead Night on Fridays from 6-9pm. Check our calendar to make sure it is happening, as sometimes we don’t have Bead Night because of other events in the store. You’ll usually find me there in my happy place!