Inspiration, what we love, creativity, insight, curiosity, what gets us out of bed.
Inspiration, what we love, creativity, insight, curiosity, what gets us out of bed.
When you alllow yourself to have a dull moment you're openinig the possiblity of having a creative moment.
When you have the constant habit of being distracted by technology, you are externally stimulated and recieve a hit of dopamine that becomes addictive.
The way to experience a dull moment is to try and disengage from your phone, computer or tablet for 2-5 minutes. Try and notice what you feel when you do this.
You may feel anxious and fear that you're missing out. If this happens, simply ackowledge it without judgement.
This wil seem hard at first, because of the constant attention paid to our devices.
If you can replace just a small portion of your screen time with your present moment, you may find a spaciouness and clarity that alludes to having creative thoughts.
I give you permission to play.
Will you give yourself permission to play?
Play is an important way to find your creative voice.
When you give yourself the opportunity to make mistakes and become playful with your creative pursuits, you are on a better wave length.. Mistakes are a way to find your direction and true authentic creative self.
I have been an artist for many years, and through thousands of mistakes and experimentation, I was able to achieve a level of creativity that feels natural.
Playfulness in your creative process will lead you naturally to a relaxed place, so that no matter what you do, you will feel it's good enough. No touch ups, no re-writes, no worry, just a flow of thoughts with playful mistakes that are normal.
You can always go back and look at your work. And if you do, it's best to do it without the inner critic of perfectionism.
Perfectionism is the opposite of playfullnees.
With the anchor, from Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching;
"So what, I'll do it anyway", you can experiement to your hearts content.
Show up, be playful, and just do it!
One of the ways to access your creativity is slowing down.
Many times it feels impossible to slow down. I find myself caught up in the "entranement energy" of constantly doing something immediatley.
Entranement is a term to describe the rapid flow of energy that envelopes us on a daily basis.
I've seen how people can't really be where they are...in the present moment. Out to dinner, out to breakfast or lunch, taking a walk, sitting on a bench, out with friends; people are on their phones.
I work in a gallery and all the work is original and handmade.
Many times people are in a hurry, and if their phone beeps, they stop looking.
I also sense that people are searching for something other than information, and would like to feel inspired. For the people, who slow down, and connect with the art, they are rewarded. The reward is taking a break, and slowing down the constant interruptions by their cell phones.
Liberation is in the palm of your hand without your cell phone.
I have a smartphone and use it frequently to check messages.
When I find myself mindlessly scrolling on my phone, in a trance, I try to become aware of this habit. Lots has been written about breaking up with your phone.
It's an extreme example of what happens with phone addiction.
Phone addiction, however, is one of the ways that puts us in the trance of rapid entranment.
Try if you can for small periods of time, to just "be" without your phone.
Did you slow down and take note of what was around you?
Hope so. This is what it feels like to slow down.
Slowing down activates your pre-frontal cortex in your brain so you have the opportunity to do something creative.
Hope this helps.
How is your summer so far?
Do you feel creativity inspired by the season?
The warm days, and colors of summer can be a good time to relax and connect to your creativity.
Taking time to slow down, get outside, put down your phone and notice what is around you, will help you open your creative channel.
Having no judgements or expectations as you bask in the warm days, will give your thoughts a chance to percolate..
Do you have a hammock or special lounge chair?
Sit in your spot, breathe, and say "Ah"
If you are interested in art, take you dawing tablet outside with pencls or watercolors. Bringing art materials that are protable will help you take the first step; the first pencil mark, or colored pastel stroke.
Embracing your surroundings and letting go of all the busyness and distractions that consume our time, will reward you with a sense of calm and peace.
If I find myself challenged by own inner critic (which seems to happen in the morning) I try to acknowledge this fearful, negative small voice. Sitting on the edge of the bed before I go to the bathroom, I simply tell this voice that I don't share
her viewpoint. Yes, it's there, but I don't buy into it.
This approach seems to work most of the time. If, however, the voice still speaks; I go deeper.
When I practice going deeper, it helps to not resist but accept the small voice. Being still and watching my breath, and then my mind, I can go deeper. The denep awareness of this inner critic helps to dilute the sway of negative thoughts.
Alligning with a more positive state of mind really helps me with my day to day activites. Less judgement towards myself and others, helps to relax and divert the negative vibe
It's a practice, but well worth it.
This simple practice of going deeper to watch your mind, helps to open up your creativity that will give you a sense of happiness and fulfillment.
The why is important because it keeps the thought of being creative alive for people; art saves lives. Any art saves lives. It’s not important to worry about what kind of art you do.
It’s about connecting to the innate creativity that’s in your being. It’s intuitive and we all have intuition. You can’t measure intuition with linear measurements. Intuition is a soft place that holds your subtle energy and is connected to your heart center.
It’s that small still voice that comes around when you least expect it. When you become still that voice gets stronger, and you will hear it more clearly. Please do honor and hold dear that calm still intuitive voice. It’s a window into your inner galaxy and creativity.
Your creativity and intution will help you drop your weapons and defensive feelings towards yourself and others. Your creativity is a kind place within you that radiates out into your world, and helps heal others. Because you are happy, fulfilled, and enthusiastic about life, it rubs off on others.
If you haven't tried voice journaling, you may want to give it a try.
After years of journal writing with 15 years of simple spiral notebooks, I wanted to try audio journaling.
Sitting in my living room with my cup of coffee I "speak" into my phone with my stream of consciousness flowing into the recording. The process is similar, but different from journal writing.
Hearing you own voice reflect your thoughts is very spontaneous. I like the way I gain clarity after spilling the beans into my phone..Sometimes, I want to hold back and make it perfect without mumbling. However, allowing and giving permission for any imperfections to occur, I find clarity through the process of audio journaling.
How do you know when you are procrastinating or actually percolating your ideas.
When you have a creative idea you would like to try out, and you feel the resistance, this is normal.
However, when the idea starts to feel like I "should" instead of "I get to" it is more than likely procrastination.
Feeling pressured that you must get to it right away, and you don't, is a sign of procrastination.
When the new idea gives you an uplifting and inpirational feeling, even though you're not implementing it yet, is within the realm of percolation...Just giving the idea time to flow and circulate in a non-linear way, may inspire you to take action when it feels right.
Quite different from "I have to now".
Giving the idea time to perculate is also a low pressure way to embrace it.
When you take time to follow your heart's desire, you are practicing self care.
As you take time to pursue your creative dream, you are givng yourself a gift of self care. When you give yourself permission to be creative, it benefits your well being.
Numerous studies have been done on the sense of joy, relaxation, and bliss that people get from their creative pursuits.
Staying in the creative process without considering the results, is a big part of receiving the benefits.
You may find yourself in the wonderful state of "flow", when you embrace your project, and are in the moment, rather than allowing perfectionism to take over.
The perfectionism, is related to your inner critic that wants to stop the fun.
Play, experimentation, silliness, and being a beginner, helps to let go of your expectations about what people will think or how your project will be received.