Morning pages are the single biggest tool I use to cultivate creativity in my life. If my day doesn't start with morning pages then I feel off the entire rest of the day.
Have you ever had your heart set on a yoga class? You did everything right, stomach empty, mat in hand, drove yourself 35 minutes to the next town over for this specific class only to end up thwarted by st. closures for a road race?
That was my morning. Luckily for me I've been practicing yoga for a while, and though I was disappointed I was able to let the desire for that class go and quickly shifted gears. I used my yoga and simply let go. My new Canon Rebel was in the car and I wanted to take myself on an artist's date after yoga class anyway. Now I'd get to set out a little earlier to use my new toy.
Lesson #1 Let go of your attachments to follow life's flow: If I got frustrated and mad that I couldn't make it to class and had focused on the wasted time and wasted gas I wouldn't have been able to shift gears as quickly as I did. The ability to let it go and find life's flow can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. Sometimes interrupted plans are better than plans anyway because they help get your creative juices flowing.
Lesson #2 Spontaneity is crucial to Creativity There is a lot to be said for routine. Personally I'm a huge believer in route. Dedication to goals, putting in hard work to achieve those goals - all of that is important, YES. And you need to allow enough free time and flexibility in your life in order for creativity to blossom. I almost had scheduled myself up for the morning. I almost made a plan for Saturday morning which would have meant no room, no space, no extra time to just be. That's normally my life. This was a great reminder to leave room for myself so creativity can blossom. The free time allowed spontaneity to creep in and fuel my creative side.
I love my state, but I especially love my City...
All said and done I got lucky to miss class.
Lesson #3 Feed your creativity Make time for creativity in your life. It doesn't just happen. You have to flex that muscle just like any other muscle. If you don't work it you won't have it.
Speaking of muscles, I may have missed my yoga class this morning, but I think I'm gonna roll out my mat at home now.
Yesterday I was preparing to teach a vision and goal setting workshop at the studio for a private group. I wanted to be clear in a message. I wrote up the following meditation about unchaining our dreams. I thought it might be nice to share with all of you.
Grab a pen and notebook an marinate on this...
I want to help you dream big. To get you outside of your box. Don't think in terms of what you currently have or what you have done. Think in terms of possibilities.
Take the chains off of your dreams.
Think in terms of could happen. Get excited about what you could accomplish. Take the rules off. We self-impose rules that aren't actually there. We really can do what we want. Where there is a will there is a way. It's within our power. It's within our grasp. The future is ripe with possibility. The future is ripe with potential. The future is begging us to take the chains off of our dreams. The future is begging us to prepare for the POSSIBILITY of what's next. If we have desires we should go after them. If we have dreams we need to unchain them.
Do you dream of scuba diving, opening your own business, running a 5k, going on a trip to Italy, growing your business, going back to school, riding a bike more, spending time blogging or learning to meditate? These are things you can do and so much more. There are lots of things that chain up your dreams and desires. They are tied up in bows of "If only's and when I's". If only I pay off my debt If only I'd go back to school When the kids are out of the house When I loose 10 pounds When tax season is over When my project is completed When I get promoted
The Future isn't promised.
Take those self-imposed chains off. We don't need them. We are so much bigger than those chains. If you want it, GO FOR IT! go for what you need to fill up your soul because no one else can do it for you. Do you want to quilt, learn to knit, take a writing class, finish the novel tucked away, take a yoga class?
We have potential that is tucked away in a box hidden deep in our hearts and we let those If only's and When I's get in the way. We are setting our own boundaries. We are setting our own rules. We are the only ones who can put limits on our life. Truly. If you want something, go for it. Unlock that desire. Wake up that want. Cultivate the desire for what you want more of in your life and take the chains off your dreams.
I'm working through the second week of The Artist's Way, and today was my second Artist Date. What is an artist date? It's when you take yourself somewhere or do something to fill up your artist cup. You could share it with someone else but in the beginning she suggests it's just for you. You can go to a concert, for brisk walk, stroll through a garden, enjoy a culinary delight, amble through a museum, attend a play, the ballet, the Symphony, opera anything potentially could be an artist date.
I've always wanted to go to the North Carolina Museum of art and have put it off for many years. I'm not sure even why. They have two buildings, gardens, a cafe, a gift shop and an outdoor concert stage. Today was the day, I ran to the farmers market for breakfast, and coffee, walked the dog and headed to Raleigh. I was delighted by what I found. The first building I toured housed the temporary exhibits, and then I made my way over to the permanent collection.
I've decided I know exactly what I like when it comes to art, anything that looks impressionistic, mixed media (collage type art on canvas), sculpture, and photography. Every now and then something in between will catch my eye but these are the things I'm mainly drawn to. My favorite museum growing up was the Toledo Museum of Art. They are exquisite! If you are near Toledo, Oh check out the Museum, you won't be disappointed. There main collection is fantastic and they bring in great traveling exhibitions. This Museum reminded me to the Toledo Museum of art in its scale and class.
This little jaunt was a delight! I felt invigorated, enlivened and it was a really nice way to full up my artists cup. What have you done recently to fill up your artist cup?