Cultivating Creativity

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Emelda De Coteau
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“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!

The Gift of Solitude

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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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Americans are uncomfortable with silence. It unnerves us. In this era of ubiquitous technology, from smart phones to iPads, we are often in motion, seldom still, rarely listening.

Small talk, endless uncomfortable chatter, music, any sound to pierce the quietness. If we meet someone who is quiet or introverted they are characterized as abnormal, somehow deficient.

Yet the most creative and inspired among us are still, unafraid to listen and confront their own vulnerabilities.

Like so many of you, at times I stuff my mind with noise instead of embracing the cleansing power of stillness.

When you awake at 4am, tossing and turning, instead of turning on the radio or scanning Facebook, listen, begin to confront what you run from fiercely. Only through this kind of fearless exploration can one genuinely begin to evolve and transcend merely existing.

Further Exploration:
Thich Nhat Hanh and Walking Meditation