Yesterday I had a date with the Dali Llama ~ actually with an entire pack of llamas including Barack O’ Llama, Bahama Llama, Pajama Llama Junior, Drama Llama and Como Te Llama plus a small group of creative adventurers which happily included my teenage daughter.
This unique creative play date included a lesson in all things llama from the Mama Llama who runs the small working farm, yummy drinks and snacks (including llama cupcakes) plus an art session where we each painted a colorful llama of our own instructed by my lovely friend and talented artist, Andrea Holmes.
Truth be told, I almost robbed myself of this most wonderful experience.
The past week has been one of family crisis and emotional upheaval. I’d purchased tickets for this event weeks ago but now a loud voice in my head kept yelling that a field trip to paint and cavort with llamas was indulgent and unimportant. I had much more pressing matters to attend to!
Thank goodness my heart won the shouting match!
Everything that happened once I allowed myself to say yes to this fantastic experience was positive and good for my soul. (Of course it was ~ I really need to read my own words more often, don’t I?)
* I got to experience heartwarming camaraderie with a group of kindred spirits. (I guess you’d call that Llama Camaraderie, huh? Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)
* I got to enjoy the distinctly novel experience of spending three hours in the company of a pack of llamas who were curious, majestic, goofy and cute as all get out. (Novel experiences are like super-vitamins for your brain! According to Professor Richard Morris of the Center for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh, novel experiences create a halo of better memory via the release of dopamine brought on by them.)
* I got to learn lots of interesting facts about llamas. (For example, llamas will spit at each other but not at humans, only need about a 20-minute nap each day and can run over 35 miles per hour.)
* I got to stretch my creative muscles by stepping way out of my comfort zone by painting.
* I got to “act as if” I was a real artist while painting which was terrifically fun and easy to do under the patient and skilled instruction of Andrea.
* And most importantly, I got to spend a lovely afternoon with my amazing daughter, Riley Anna enjoying all of these Creative Oasis Moments together! She adored it! (High school graduation gift number one was a total hit! Woot!)
I share all of this to gently remind you what I was reminded of myself yesterday ~ time spent immersed in Creative Oasis Moments is always time well spent.
It’s good for your mind, body and spirit.
It is an act of self-care. (Like flossing but way more fun.)
It’s not a luxury ~ it’s essential for a life well-lived.
Of course it’s not every day you get the chance to hang out with a pack of llamas, but you can lose yourself in a good book, putter in your garden, listen to music while coloring, learn a new language, try a new recipe, visit a museum…spend even just 10 or 15 minutes fully immersed in the Creative Oasis Moment of your choosing and you’ll experience the benefits of stress-reducing self-care!
Though I won’t have any llamas, I invite you to join me for a day of creative self-care and novel experiences this week during my April Creative Oasis Retreats!
Only a few seats remain for each Breathe & Bloom Retreat, so be sure to register and save your spot today if you want to join us.
Until next time, all the best from my Creative Oasis to yours,
P.S. ~ I actually love the way my pink llama painting turned out! I’m going to hang her in my creative room as a reminder of how important it is to make the time and space for my Creative Oasis Moments as often as possible!