The Happy Starfish

Living Mindfully & Celebrating Health, Happiness & Peaceful Living


Morris the Mindful Monkey



Mindfulness is more than sitting in formal meditation, it’s being fully absorbed in the task in hand, not engaging with distracting thoughts. Yesterday I didn’t want to do a long meditation, I wanted to spend some quality time with my son so I got my creative on and we transformed a pair of his socks into Morris the Mindful Monkey. It’s hard not to be present when doing something expressive.

In today’s super-busy society hobbies can fall by the wayside, but hobbies are often where our minds quieten and our feelings of stress can dissipate. Finding the time to factor something you love into your day is not always easy. It can feel self-indulgent and encourage feelings of guilt, but by looking after our own emotional needs we are then better placed to help take care of family and friends.

When was the last time you did something just for fun?


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Get your creative on



“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I love it when I stumble across something that makes me go “wow” and want to take a second look. The 3d faces that Andrew Myers creates using screws certainly did that today.

California based artist Andrew takes a plywood panel then paces pages of a phone book on top. He then draws out a face and pre-drills between 8,000 to 10,000 holes by hand. Sculptor Andrew drills in the screws all at different depths using instinct rather than any computer software.

Finally he individually paints over each of the screw head so the sculpture looks like an actual portrait.

Creativity is such an awesome outlet from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Whether you can paint, write, sculpt, bake, collage etc. it is vital not to push these urges away but to honour that part of you. Ultimately this will quash any pent up frustration and lead to an energised sense of purpose. Writing a short story always gives me a sense of achievement and well-being. What’s your creative outlet?