Mindful Creative Expression
As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you. –Julia Cameron
Creative energy is available to us in infinite supply, but in order to access it, we must invite it in, welcome it, and nurture it. We must create space and time in our day to honor it. If we ignore our creative muse, she ignores us, and we become at risk for spiraling back into the abyss of our unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. But if we honor our creative muse by feeding her with inspiration, we open ourselves to the limitless flow of creative energy, and this limitless flow becomes accessible to us at any given moment. Opening to this creative flow can be one of the most life affirming, meaning making experiences you will ever encounter. Follow the slender threads of this flow, and you will open your life to possibilities that you can’t even imagine. Take yourself on a creative pilgrimage this week in your own home or neighborhood. Be open to what calls to you or inspire you. Perhaps it’s watching birds, looking at photographs of beautiful places in nature, going to an art exhibit, walking in nature, buying a new cookbook, buying a travel magazine, or whatever else makes your spirit soar. Spend some time this week with whatever inspiration calls to your heart. Then make some space to create–plant a garden, create a meal for your family, sew, make something from wood or fiber with your hands, paint, color in a coloring book, draw, make a photograph, write, make something with clay, write a letter to a friend, write your story, or decorate a room in your house. Stay focused on the process of creating, and try not to judge the outcome. Take note of how your body, heart and mind feel when you’re opening to the flow of creative inspiration and expression.
1. The Foundations of Well-Being online course by Rick Hanson, PhD. is open again for registration. I am an enthusiastic affiliate for this yearlong program offered by Dr. Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Hardwiring Happiness. Click here to learn more about the program. If you register through one of my links, you will receive a FREE copy of my e-book, 10 Ways to Wake Up Your Life and you’ll also receive a FREE 20-minute phone/Skype coaching consultation regarding mindfulness training and/or health & wellness coaching. Click here for more information and to register using my affiliate link to ensure that you receive your free gifts from me!
2. The Invisible Wounds of War I’m pleased to be co-directing and co-producing this Veterans project with Kyle Horton, MD. The project will include a writing workshop for Veterans, opportunities for Veterans across NC to write their invisible wounds on 5×7 wooden plaques and photographs of Veterans. The writing, photographs and writing on the wooden plaques will be exhibited at UNC-Wilmington in November 2015, opening on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. Save the date! for more click here.