For those days when you can’t bear to be in the world, the room, your skin, your head.
Let’s first of all trawl some received wisdoms to set us up for this little adventing task.
Now, we know that Buddha’s wisdom suggests that all human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is. But, honestly, some days, that knowledge is too bleak to handle short term, especially when you need an instant escape from that little village in your head ~ Here-No-Longer.
Fortunately, in moments like these, Nietzsche, thank the heavens, gives us a lovely permission to admit that reality doesn’t thrill some days ~ We have art so that we should not die of reality.
Plato also sets us up nicely with permission to escape this version of reality, if only for a few moments (or if, like me, you get stuck in an Instagram wormhole, for hours) by telling us: ‘Reality is created by the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind’. In essence, use imagination and it’s possible to fantasise yourself into a completely different world for some quickly gained bliss.
Here’s three adventing exercises to evoke some bliss at anytime (because the boss rarely let’s you actually escape real work and voyaging is too expensive when you’re having a spell of frequently feeling like you need to crawl out of the bedsit in your head):
1. Invoke some alphas: Re-enter the world of a novel you love and reside in one of its settings for a while. This reality melts away for a while, letting your head enjoy some of those open-eyed relaxation brainwaves ~ the alphas. Download your go-to book on your phone so you always have a copy on you. Bookmark THAT page! ;~)
2. Take a leaf from Neitzsche and use some art: On days like these, reading can be too much of a chore. Art galleries are uncanny at having the art you need at the moment you need it. Lots of galleries are now tuned into the wellbeing aspect of art ~ ask the curator to recommend a piece to visit to help you escape into open-eyed relaxation.
3. Surf some illustrative art ~ Have the best of both other worlds and surf #illustrations or #folktaleweek via Instagram ~ find the illustrators who speak to your frustrated heart and, seriously, once you start, you’ll rendezvous back with this world in an eon’s time. Which artists and which illustrations? You’ll know them when you see them. What helps here is that the illustrations are heavily narrative and human brains are evolved to respond to stories best of all.
Get in touch, comment below and let us know how art and reading have helped you advent yourself back into your skin when you’re having one of ‘those’ days.
All our images are adventdemoi’s own or come from rawpixel.com. The choices today are illustration of moor guide from The Costume of Yorkshire (1814) by George Walker (1781-1856). Original from The New York Public Library and Famous Heroes of the Kabuki Stage Played by Frogs by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), a woodcut illustration of personified frogs in costume acting out scenes from Kabuki plays. Original from Library of Congress.