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1/26/21

Get Excited

How often do you pause and notice your deep feelings? What gets you feeling really excited, enthusiastic, angry or irrational? 

Good news: As it turns out, research has shown that people who are the most open to their full range of emotions- from positive to negative and including extreme emotions- often measure high scores on creative capacity tests. 

Next time you "go bananas," remember that energy can't be created or destroyed, but it can be transformed. Use your deep passionate energy and channel it into your creative endeavors, and see you what you can create from there. 

1/19/21

Let Change Fuel Your Creativity

With the upcoming US presidential inauguration, there's been much anticipation and unrest, with many questioning what will happen next in these times of challenge and disunity. I'm hopeful for peaceful, positive change, yet am aware that some problems may intensify before they improve. 

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? 

1/12/21

Connect with your Inner Child

 

When did you last let go and play?

George Bernard Shaw said, "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." Though we mostly need to let go of being childish, we can continue positive
childlike traits as we grow up. Children tend to laugh more, to take life lightly, to be completely in the moment, and to be silly and spontaneous with what comes up, especially while they play. We've all met people who age playfully, and others who seem to lose touch with their inner child. 

Play involves engaging the imagination and trying new things just for the fun of what might happen. The scientific process is similar, starting with a question and thinking and imagining what might happen, then experimenting and making observations to find out. The creative process, too, is about getting ideas, and exploring different ways to implement them. We try one thing, see what happens, and then try another till we create what we want. As long as we don't let our inner critic in, it can be almost like play.

Playfulness is one of the most critical attitudes for innovation. To be more playful, we can play games, play with our children and families, and play with ideas. We can play while we work, play while we create, and play while we exercise and move our bodies. We can almost make a game out of life, stopping to notice humor that feels stitched into our cosmos. 

There's plenty of time for being serious, but as you remember to get out of your thinking/analyzing brain and have some fun each day, see how that expands your creativity. 

1/5/21

Reach a Little Further

 

Happy New Year!

These days you may feel more like hibernating, but I say give yourself a good stretch daily. 

To keep your body open, you can move often, in new ways, and in ways that are best for you. When we keep moving, we stay balanced, get stronger, and become more flexible, creating more well-being. Do yoga, walk, swim, bike, run, hang from trees, hop, get upside down daily, or move in any other way that feels great. Simply standing up once an hour instead of sitting can also help keep us healthy. 

We can also stretch our minds, by taking time to get still and feel inside ourselves; by trying new things and techniques; by opening to new points of view; by reading something outside our normal comfort zone; by keeping a can-do growth mindset; and by learning anything new and doing something differently. 

All these ways to stretch help us make new neural connections, which will steep into our creativity. How might you stretch in 2021? Give a stretch each day, reach a little further in your art, and see how it helps you create.