How to bring yourself into the present, even for a microsecond? And feed your creativity at the same time?
One approach is to go for a texture walk. What’s that? If I happen to be walking anyway, I attempt to find a tiny space of light amidst the VeryClutteredBrain by practising specific mindfulness. It helps to focus on a something.
I love the texture of this messy, soft, papery Australian tree
I might say to myself:
From where I am (here) up to that park bench (over there), I’ll bring my attention to textures. Or shapes. Or light and shadow. Or colours.
It’s not unlike playing ‘ Continue reading
Qinka – Creative Spirit
Ask her a question about your creativity.
Listen for an answer. Words promise to blossom from her flower mouth.
Qinka’s hands make art.
Her arms embrace
Yes – I believe there are two Creativity Guidelines at the heart and core of the matter.
I’ve been suggesting them in Art and Soul groups for about twenty years. Every now and then I look to the sky thoughtfully, pondering their validity. Do they still resonate? Do they help? I find they stand the test of (such thorough, scientific) scrutiny.
And here they are….drumroll….
Be kind to yourself
That’s it. The good news is that breathing and being kind to yourself are simple. The not-so-good news is that they are difficult. Believe me. Like a lot of Art and Soul suggestions, these pointers arise from my own bitter, breathless, breathstopping, breathfull, self-savage, self-snippety, self-compassionate experience.
Try them. While writing, arting, gardening, mosaic-ing, singing, creatively relating, see if you can become conscious of your breath. For one split second. Continue reading