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.
After watching a video, with the Dalai Lama at the Gandhi Interfaith conference in India, I felt deeply his concerns with climate change, pollution, and the decline of our environmental regulations. I am a follower of the Dalai Lama and respect his viewpoints.
One thing HHDL emphasized in his talk, was the recognition of humanity’s shared home; mother earth. This is all we have as collective stewards of our planet. When we disregard and do not protect the earth, we all suffer. Every country. We are not disconnected from one another, but connected through the winds, sun, clouds, and the moon.
Scientists have documented the rapid melting of the polar ice caps. This is an unprecedented phenomenon occurring in our lifetimes. The magnificent polar bear’s ice islands are diminishing, as well as his food source.
What climate change is, is a canary in the coal mine.
How does this subject relate to creativity?
It relates to the subject of your creativity, because we need to gather together, recognize this ominous event, and think creatively on how to help solve it.
Being creative changes how we think and respond to inner and outer issues.
Thinking creatively, as Albert Einstein did, moves us closer to a more enlightened and wholesome existence collectively.
Thinking creatively, we are not closed to the possibilities of innovative solutions, and alternative ways of solving problems.
It is essential that humanity protects our mutual home for ourselves and future generations!
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Do you have time to pause in your day and simply look out the window?
I find when I sit still and look out my window, I can appreciate the moment and relax into it. Because I'm a visual learner, and a right brain being, I scan the scenery and follow the lines, colors, shapes and shadows.
Simply looking out your window is a way to slow down, and open up the possibility that creative ideas will find you.
Looking out the window is something we all do every day.
When you actually pause, sit still and look, it slows down your thinking mind.
So often our thinking mind fills us with discursive and negative thoughts. Taking a break from the negative loop, and finding your space while you look out the window, can bring about a sense of calm. It's also a way to be mindful and re-align what you are thinking, so that a sense of well being can occur.
So, you can take the time when you look out the window to pause, be still, and bask in the beauty of the outside world paired with the wonder and beauty of your inner world.
Your Creative Passion is Your Intrinsic Motivation
I was reading about the success of busineses that acknowledge the importance of employees who feel passionate about their work and are "intrinsically motivated".
The employees who are IM had more creative abilities than those who were extrinsically motivated.
The level of satisfaction and creative problem solving
for the IM employess was much higher than the externally motivated employees.
This principal occurs for all of us.
When we feel internally motivated (intrinsic) in our creative endeavors, we can experience a greater sense of joy and fun.
Internal and external motivation can be understood as the differnce between the journey itself, and the destination.
When we focus on the journey (internal) and not the end result (external), we have a better chance of having a sense of calm, peace, and joy in our creative pursuits.
In the Kaizen Muse philosophy, we have access to tools that help to alleviate the high expectations that put pressure on our reliance on the end result as the measure of our success.
If you find yourself inspired by your own unique view, that is a sign of being internally motivated by your creative process, and not the end product.
Your succes, and joy, lies in the actual doing which springs from your internal core!
You can unplug, uncover, undo, and then you will understand how to connect to your intuition and creativity..
Unplugging from your divices for 1-2 minutes will open the space for your creative thoughts to happen. When you are constantly attached your device, there is no room for spontaneity, imaginative thoughts, or a relaxed flow to occur
Uncover your blocks that may be keeping you from feeling creative. These common blocks are; procrastination, perfectionism, fear of failure, self-sabotage, and bad habits.
Undo your knots. These knots are in your mind, and come in the form of not being "good enough", "I'm not creative, why should I try." In reality, creativity isn't for just the few; everyone is creative.
Understand that you are fine just the way you are. You can make mistakes, be playful, allow your creativity to be fun, and not worry about the outcome. You can understand that your inner critic will try and stop you from having creative fun, and that you can tell him or her that you're going to do it anyway!
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.