I’m not sure what’s happened to me these past few weeks but I think it may have started with getting a new camera for my birthday. I love my new camera and the much funkier photos it can take compared to those from the compact digital model I’ve used for the past ten years.
I really love my new camera.
Have I felt like writing a blog post? No, not at all. And this feels weird because I’ve written a post almost every week for four and a half years and then nothing. No inspiration? Well, there were still ideas but they felt old, already covered, not exciting or worth writing.
Then a couple of weeks back I did a painting workshop…
And bOOm! Suddenly painting is my new passion and the camera’s been left sitting on the shelf.
I got it out today and gave it a pat though because I’m sure photography and painting will become great friends in my life before too long.
Now don’t go thinking this means my aim here is to become a professional artist or photographer, no, that’s not it. I’m just loving exploring these crafts as mediums through which to experience my world (both inner and outer), and enjoying being immersed in the process of creation.
One of the amazing ways I connect with the women I coach in my individual sessions is to help them acknowledge their creative selves.
I’ve seen so many women instinctively respond with a shake of the head when I talk about creativity. They tell me; “Me? No, I’m not very creative.”
And yet this is the sort of guidance I receive for so many of them…
Your unique creative energy is the source of your power to make your life better.
This is not about us all becoming professional artists, writers or healers (because healing is a creative art in my world too).
No, this is about each of us embracing the reality that when we are engaged in any creative activity and we open up to all the possibilities that moment of being ‘in the process’ can offer us, we tap into a wellspring of creativity around how we want our lives to feel and look in a more global sense.
I’m pretty sure a lot of my new creative confidence has sprung from the momentum I’ve created this year by running my weekly women’s dance class. Spontaneous, free-flowing dance is wonderful for the body, mind and emotions.
Any type of creative expression opens our awareness to more of who we are and creates a deeper connection to what we are here to do, be and feel in our lives.
All you need to do is find a creative outlet that appeals to you. Try something out, see if you like it. I’ve been recommending those adult colouring-in books to clients for over a year now and suddenly they’re everywhere. Something like this is a great starting point…. You, a cup of tea, a clear table with plenty of light, a colouring page and some good quality coloured pencils. Voilá! You’ll have made something pretty in no time at all.
Here’s some other ideas:
- join a local choir
- learn a musical instrument
- start writing a daily journal
- do a painting or drawing workshop
- dance around your lounge room to loud music
- take some private singing lessons
- learn to sew,knit or crochet
Learning something new at any stage of life can be an uplifting and very enlightening experience. You’ll learn a lot about yourself, how you feel in your creativity and chances are, if you’re learning in a group, you’ll find other like-minded souls to share the journey with.
Taking the first step can be as simple as asking the universe for guidance and then seeing what next pops into your awareness via an email, Facebook post, invitation from a friend or a notice board flyer. Say ‘yes’ and watch the magic happen.
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