Cultivating Creativity

“Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain one when he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso

Photo Credit: Brand Weavers blog
Photo Credit: Brand Weavers blog

I believe creativity, like laughter, is oxygen for the soul. It transforms mundane moments into extraordinary ones; without ideas, nothing in the universe expands. Ralph Waldo Emerson, noted thinker and writer said: “The ancestor to every action is a thought.”

Cultivate creativity fearlessly; think of yourself as a farmer tilling soil, anxiously awaiting the harvest. We all arrive bearing unique gifts. Therefore what separates those whose lives are imbued with creativity is not superiority, but a kind of fierce defiance and refusal to settle for the smallness of life.

When work or study swallows you whole, eviscerating the joy of writing a poem, painting landscapes, dancing whimsically, or conceptualizing an idea, step back, take a deep breath. The world, which once felt confining and rigid, now begins to open, your freedom is within reach.

Here are Three Ways to Cultivate Creative Expression:

1. Walk – Don’t just walk, observe the intrinsic beauty of nature, listen to the sound of cars hitting asphalt, a child’s innocuous laughter, in short get out of your own head. Allow your walk to become meditation, as Thich Naht Hanh teaches.

2. Release – Who says you must become Picasso? Creativity is about bringing your unique voice and vision to bear. Maybe your creativity involves putting together a business plan, or building relationships with those around you. Do not allow others to rigidly define creativity for you. Live artfully, as author and entrpreneur Sandra Magsamen says.

3. Completion – Have an idea for a creative project? Make small steps toward completion. Your confidence increases with each creative project you cross off the list, whether large (e.g. producing a film) or more modest (crocheting a sweater), and your desire to produce more projects increases. You realize you can do it!

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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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