Creativity is far too important to leave in the hands of the professionals!
Are you stuck in an old story that limits your creativity? Did you know that a creativity practice can have many benefits for your health and mood?
Here are 10 signs that you are one of the many “creatively wounded” who have yet to transcend the limiting messages of your past:
You do not engage in any type of handcraft.
If you do risk playing creatively, you frequently apologize for what you have made.
Your definition of creativity is limited to "the arts". Creativity is expressed in all arenas of wholehearted living: relationships, work, decor, spirituality, and the "mundane tasks of living." Can you see cooking as a creative outlet to enjoy?
You have not played with paint, paper, pencils, photography, collage making in years.
There are creative people you really secretly admire or envy but feel you “have nothing in common with”. (This is called a “positive projection in psychological Shadow Work.)
You do not read fiction, fairy tales or poetry.
You never go to a museum, art gallery or live performance. If you do you feel the creativity expressed there was made by a different species than you.
The idea of writing (even a three line Haiku) paralyzes you.
You feel you are “too old” to start something you “should have done when you were younger” (voice lessons, music lessons, dance lessons, acting lessons, art lessons)
You are still telling the story of the teacher, parent, or friend who criticized your creative / artistic ability or who dismissed your ideas as “just your imagination.”
I’ll be writing more on the many benefits of reclaiming creativity in your life, at any age. If you recognize yourself in this list, don’t despair! It’s never too late.
You can start jumpstarting a more creative mind without taking any time out of your day:
- Listen to The Creative Fireby Clarissa Pinkola Estes while commuting to work
- Practice the “dishabituation” exercises suggested in Strategy of the Spirit #2
- Practice Mindfulness or the free Guided Imagery audio
- Listen to The Late Bloomer by Clarissa Pinkola Estes while making dinner.
Research supports that a creativity practice has many benefits for your health and wellbeing.
Read The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health. Or read this summary post, Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity.
Is there anyone out there who can tell us how you have reclaimed creativity and how it has benefitted your life? Anyone who wants to share the role creativity plays in their life? (include a URL so we could see what you've been up to!)
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