"Imagination is the mother of originality." Henry Gordon Selfridge
In today's world, our retinas are bombarded with distractions, Gif after Gif with the cutest cat wearing a hat, or the funny baby video that has gone viral that we need to watch in between writing that report that has been sitting on your to-do list for far too long. It can seem we have no time to just let go and relax our minds. Many of us are hardwired to believe that getting through the work week is all that matters or are too busy or stressed to make time for creativity. The importance of visualisation for stress-relief, confidence and general well being has been well document and yet imagination is often deployed as the domain of child's play, or the frolicking of the lucky few in the creative industries. The truth is, imagination is vital to our modern existence, every single ground-breaking technology or revolutionary idea has originated in the mind's eye, this year the ever-innovative Selfridges department store has given Imagination a mainstream platform.
In line with Selfridge's mantra the department store has kick-started the year the festival of imagination. The inspiring programme includes future-gazing talks about Bio Fashion (growing clothes and accessories) and how to make the most of your mind with Dan Hurley. Swetty Betty are hosting aerobic classes designed to help you unwind and open your mind, with a fusion of Thai-boxing, breathing, stretching and creative visualization.