If you like art, especially abstract and psychedelic art, I highly encourage you to visit the "Works By Wayne Coyne: Featuring The King's Mouth" art exhibit at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. It. Blew. My. F***ing. Mind.
I have been looking forward to this exhibit ever since I heard it was coming. I didn't know anything about Wayne Coyne (lead singer of the Flaming Lips) but I liked the vibrant work I knew he was bringing. He was in Waterloo to open the exhibit the day before Joel and I visited, and after going through, I really regret not attending the opening night!
The plus side of going the following day is that we could take our time, which we did. We wandered in around 8 p.m. on a Friday night. There was another event going on, and although the art gallery was technically closed, they let us go in. It was just the two of us among some of the most thought provoking work I've seen in a long time.
I'm not going to tell you what I saw, because I want you to see it with your own eyes. What I will say is that it was an experience unlike any other I've ever had in an art gallery. It is interactive, it is out of this world, and it is where my mind and heart go when they wander. It was the dose of color I needed in my life at that moment, and I'm still thinking about it.
One tip I will give is that you should look at the paintings that tell the story of The King's Mouth before you enter The King's Mouth installation. Then you'll know the story behind what you'll see. It is out of this world. You will crave more when it's over.
I snapped a few photos during our time there, but again, I do hope you'll go experience it on your own. It is truly fantastic and I'm very thankful to the Waterloo Center for the Arts for pushing the boundaries on this exhibit! The exhibit is open until April 23. Here's an article on it from the Des Moines Register if you're interested!
I'm about one more idle scroll on my smartphone away from getting rid of it. I honestly looked up flip phones last night. Do you ever feel over-connected? Too accessible? Always available? I do. And I'm ready to put a stop to it.
I'm to the point where I need to disconnect from technology. Or at least give myself some healthy breathing room. I can feel my brain turning to mush as I mindlessly switch from app to app. Googling articles. Asking Siri to "name that tune." Following my GPS wherever it tells me to go, even when I know it's wrong. Looking at photo after photo of well-curated, digital lives.
Sometimes it literally feels like I'm addicted to my phone. Stressed? Scroll. Don't want to think about it? Scroll. Bored? Scroll. Avoiding something? Scroll. Can't think of something to say? Scroll. My phone has become my sleep mode when I can't bear to spend time with what's really going on inside my head.
Because I've become so fed-up with my smartphone and my dependence on it, I've started to think of ways that I can disconnect.
I'm only on day three of cutting back on my phone time, but I'm liking how it feels already. At night, my phone goes on the charger in another room from around 6 p.m. until I wake up in the morning. And when I wake up, I don't reach for my phone to scroll for a wasted 10 to 30 minutes (I'm embarrassed to say that...). I get up, I meditate, I stretch, I get ready - and instead of watching a garbage TV show as I get ready - I watch TED Talks. At work, my phone is in my desk drawer and I check it only on occasion.
Like I said - I'm only on day three - so I am not "killing it" just yet. But I hope to. More reading, talking to Joel, snuggling Madison, in-person hang out sessions with those I love - anything that keeps the phone out of my hand unless it's necessary.
They say actions become habits after twenty one days. Only eighteen more to go! I hope by disconnecting from technology a little more, I'll connect with the world around me in a more meaningful way. I'm going to disconnect to connect. Something I think we could all use a little more of these days.
Have you been feeling the same way and are trying to disconnect from technology a little more? If yes, please tell me some tricks you use when you're tempted to become a scroll zombie!