Ideas can be fleeting, so it's a good idea to carry a notebook or keep a digital idea note on your phone. As you see interesting things and get thoughts about your next steps and possibilities, take photos or capture them in a way that will jog your memory and ignite your creativity. Don't filter, just gather. Sometimes partial ideas come, jot those down as well. Ideas may not be complete or fit together, but in time as you sort them, you may get a clear idea of what looks worth following up on, what keeps coming back and begging for your attention, and ways to combine your ideas. In time your jottings might just give you enough inspiration to help you create something new and worthwhile.
The more we ask and understand, the more it fertilizes our creativity. We don't want to get stuck in loops of indecision from too much choice, but we can use our curiosity to inform us and make creative leaps by trying new things.
Being curious, the questions keep coming as we look for understanding and solutions. Try going out of your way to be curious today, see how many things you can ask about, and see if it impacts what you create today.
How do you refuel yourself?
Creative juice comes from creating. The more you create, the more idea seeds you get and the more zest to create some more. Creativity can be inspired by what we see around us and from learning what others are doing, but our creativity comes from inside of us. Capture your ideas, then let them grow, find your flow, sink in, and be juicy. Try creating more and thinking about it less. And see if you feel more alive as you manifest your creative dreams.
I love watching people excel at what they do. Watching the Olympics for the past 2 weeks, I'm reminded of the importance of continual practice to get to where we want to be. It's so inspiring to see athletes who have dedicated years of their life to excel and become the best at their sport. If they quit their sport before they get there, then they have no chance of manifesting their Olympic dreams.
Whatever it is you want to create, dedicate yourself to it and carry on, learning, practicing, excelling at, and completing your efforts. It may take hours, weeks, or years before you achieve your goal, and that's ok. Give yourself a gold medal whenever you finish what you've set out to create.
In Yoga, we learn to move with our breath and with as much ease and as little effort as possible. The entire practice of Yoga is to help us move in our best way now and in each moment. We move in unity with our highest self, with our heart, mind, and all parts of our body in sync and present to each breath. To do this takes letting go of anything that feels like stress, anxiety, anger, pain, constriction, competition, or effort.
Watch any master of anything, and they too will make it look effortless. For example, watch Simone Biles perform the seemingly impossible Yurchenko Pike Vault, which appears to be as easy for her as walking. Though years of practice and training got her to this place of automaticity and excellence, her perfect practice and focus certainly contribute to what looks like effortless mastery and ease.
As you move and create today, stop often and see if you're moving with effort or ease. Then release any unneeded effort and see how easy you can make it.
That we are creating matters. What we create matters. I love to create because I love inspiring creativity, positive imagination, and mindful movement. When we create, we can do our part, no matter how large or small, to brighten lives and contribute to making the world a better place.
What do you dream of?
Sometimes it's fun to create spontaneously and with not much in mind. For more focused creativity, it usually requires a series of decisions, taking chances, and being comfortable with uncertainty. To make informed choices while creating, know what your goal is, stay open to shifting when surprises arise, and have a positive mindset. It's also wise not to compare yourself to others, to do what you know, and continually expand with new approaches. To be creative, do it now, and make what's best for you and for others.
We often let our differences build fear, tension or conflict instead of using them as points for more understanding and better solutions. These days our world can feel very divided, with people often taking opposite stances and with political parties in discord instead of creatively coming together to bridge differences. Often all it takes is a difference in opinion for managers to deem an employee "difficult" or let them go. Yet, we don't live in a unison world; and if we did, it would be pretty monotonous. What would it be like if we could appreciate our differences and use them to create harmony?
Sometimes we progress when we take it easy and let things be. When we stop paddling and allow ourselves to completely relax, to surrender, to let go and float, it can be surprising to feel the ease and support beneath us. Try lying on the floor or sitting back in your chair, and allow yourself to let go and completely relax your entire body and mind. Allow yourself to float, supported, doing absolutely nothing, trusting, and see what comes up for you and where it takes you.
Ducks may appear to float along, but under the water, they might be paddling vigorously.
Victor Frankl said our last freedom is to choose our attitude. By watching our thoughts and feelings with deep awareness, we can discover how our feelings affect our thoughts and how our thoughts influence our feelings.
Spring is my favorite season to look deeply and enhance my sense of wonder. I love feeling the warmth of the sun as I walk along, watching the buds blooming, seeing the colors unfolding, listening to the birdsongs, smelling the fragrant flowers.
Ok, so unicorns aren't real. (Yet? Hmmm...)
Sometimes, we just need to surrender to what is, accept, and let go. Other times, we can work through mistakes and challenges, find new solutions, and overcome obstacles. Either way, surrender to what is starts us off, and can be a powerful springboard for our creativity. We accept what is, imagine what could be, and create from there.
Maybe you're not painting. Maybe you're knitting, inventing, teaching, writing, cooking, healing, or something else. "Adding color" can also mean adding details in some way, maybe with light, texture, spices, or descriptive word paintings; Or by blending ideas or adding playful activities.
Sometimes we just need to move on our ideas and give them a try. Exploring possibilities is great. Yet, how often have you come up with an idea and let it go, only to soon find that someone else has implemented what you were contemplating?
One of the few constants in life is change, and change can feel anything from exciting to very uncomfortable or uncertain. Some of us tend to dig in our heels or otherwise clench and resist change; others flow more comfortably. When we're not open to change, we can get stuck in the past, fearful and not open to what is and what else can be. When things are changing in your life, in your work, or in the world at large- which they always are- try noticing and naming your feelings about what's happening. If you feel anxious, angry, sad, or afraid, try to name the emotion, see if you can feel where you hold tight feelings in your body, then try to consciously invite in relaxation where needed. When we name our emotion and relax our bodies, we can better move through whatever we're presented with. Instead of fearing change, we can come to accept and embrace it and all its creative possibilities.
And sometimes when presented with change, it can inspire us to look carefully at our habits, attitudes and beliefs. It can be threatening to challenge our own biases and points of view, yet it's a very creative process. We may grow more intelligent and compassionate by listening, learning, opening, and coming to better understand the change around us.
How will you embrace change today, and how will you use it to fuel your creativity?