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What makes you lose yourself?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by RedQuilt, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    When the world crowds in on me and I need to reset my factory settings I paint or draw. I'm completely absorbed and can lose hours and hours just through the creativity and concentration.

    What do you do to restore your equilibrium?
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  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Reading a book or just going to bed. Having a bath. Being on my own. On my own is all I really need.
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  3. Ladykaza

    Ladykaza Senior commenter

    Like you RedQuilt, anything creative which requires total concentration - drawing, sewing an my latest endeavour pottery. Can't wait for the final of the Throwdown tonight, I've become a real armchair expert.
  4. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Knitting, particularly a baby or child garment with a pattern. It grows quickly, but requires concentration.

    Cross stitch, although that's better in the summer when the light is better.

    Reading, but I generally do that at night to send me off to sleep.

    I tried mosaics recently, but it didn't grab me.
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  5. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    I've really enjoyed the Throwdown. It's lovely how non-competitive they are with each other.
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  7. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I can lose myself very easily because I have no sense of direction. In an unfamiliar place I can become totally lost after just taking one turning.
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  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  9. Ladykaza

    Ladykaza Senior commenter

    We have a weekly sweepstake for when the male judge will cry. Last week we thought he'd got through it but no.... in the last minute!
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  10. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    The male judge is very sweet and emotional, not to mention very talented, but I wish he'd sort his hair out!
  11. indusant

    indusant Senior commenter

    Martial arts, especially kung fu.
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  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Beer. Oh, dear.

    Well, in that case (!) I will have to admit to losing myself somewhere at the bottom of a bottle of Burgundy.
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  13. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    I'm afraid I don't know anything about martial arts. Can you tell us how it makes you lose yourself?
  14. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Painting makes me lose myself. Not good when I have a child who expects dinner every single night. Not to mention all the other domestic drudgery tasks.
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  15. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Coming on here.
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  16. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    It must be much more frustrating to get interrupted than for me given that you're a real artist rather than a pretendy one.
    It'll get to the point, when your child is older, that you'll long for her to inturrupt you:)
  17. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I know @RedQuilt - I know. I fear the day already. :-O
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  18. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Long walks. A good book. Sewing. Knitting.
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  19. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Reading, knitting and colouring in in my Amazon book!! ( :oops: )
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  20. indusant

    indusant Senior commenter

    Kung fu can be used for the purposes of self defense, but really it is a programme for self development. It means something similar to 'hard work' and is supposed to help with uniting body and mind as a precursor to meditation. There are lots of different styles, ranging from hard, aggressive styles to the more soft and gentle. It has a very broad spectrum.

    I suppose the best way I can put it is that when doing it you get absorbed in the movements and come out of your own 'mental chatter'. You need to be responsive to what is happening in the present moment and so you feel very alive and awake.

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