What does CreaSpaTreat mean to me?

CreaSpaTreat is a word I invented to describe many things. By combining portions of three words, it feels like I have landed on something which sounds good to the ear and opens a curiosity path. Hopefully, when you first hear CreaSpaTreat you are enticed to learn to learn more. I think the sound of letters, rolling off the tongue have a lyrical characteristic. Maybe this new word, CreaSpaTreat will be easy to remember?

Now for the meaning of all these letters strung together in this order. Crea captures creativity, which probably makes a whole lot of sense to anyone who has been following my work. I think creativity is the root of human happiness. The expression of creativity can take any form, there are no rules. Problem solving, designing, music, art, cooking and even exercise can be a creative expression. Any activity which iterates something different from what was there before, involves a measure of creativity. You can tell creativity is at play when your mind is in a state of flow. That awesome state of consciousness when time passes with a beautiful rhythm. The opposite of watching the clock, hoping the day will end sooner.

The middle part of the word, might seem self-evident, which would be fine. Spa brings a few ideas to mind. Obviously the idea of a proper spa, preferably one which involves a vacation is a pleasing thought. I also think of being cared for in a way I might not always prioritize for myself. This dovetails into my main quest, how to experience a life I don’t need a vacation from? I don’t want my time of travel to be so exotic and wonderful that I don’t appreciate my wonderful life at home, just as much. The idea of a spa does not need to come down and be made less exotic. Everyday life can be more amazing and far less stressful.

Treat is another seemingly easy word to comprehend. But, there is a twist here. I also meant retreat. The specific definition I was am referring to is:

Retreat: a place of privacy or safety: refuge AND a period of group withdrawal for meditation, study or instruction.

I am hoping to provide a safe space to gather, away from the worries of life to recharge our batteries. This could be viewed as a sacred time to reconnect with our inner selves, surrounded by the like-minded. By experiencing crea.spa.treat, my aim is that we build a muscle memory which we can use to refocus ourselves on a daily basis, when we need to.

We don’t have to figure everything out on our own. Back in the old days on the prairies, there were circles of women who met regularly and shared their lives with each other. This was a source of comfort and counsel. They worked on creative projects which were essential to daily living. Instead of toiling away alone, they worked together. Men were no different in needing community support to create something large scale, like raising a barn. ‘Many hands makes light work’ and ‘a rising tide floats all boats,’ are sentiments which come to mind.

Fast forward to modern times. Innovations in technology are taking a toll on our minds. On one hand the democratization of information is fantastic. The opportunities to advance a single life, a community or even a whole country are making a difference to the lives of millions. But our ability to adapt is not keeping up to the pace of change. In these times of increasing prosperity, studies show we are not necessarily happier.  

Through struggling with my episodes of depression and anxiety, I realized the path forward was to release my creative side which had largely been held in check since I left school. I have since decided that it is OK to return to that quirky little girl whom I left behind so long ago. She asked a lot of questions and practiced creativity in all sorts of ways, following her curiosity like the wind.

I’ll leave you with the words of Sir Ken Robinson recalling a small poem by W.B. Yeats in his TED talk called, ‘Bring on the learning revolution‘.

He says this: “Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with gold and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” And every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly.

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