You don’t have to be artistic, just intentional.
Creativity is a great way to practice self-care. For so many of us who once loved to paint, draw, play music, dance, write stories or create in some form, these fun activities just don’t hold the same importance they once did. Yet they are even more important as we get older and take on more stress and responsibilities.
Creativity is Spiritual
Creativity gives our brains rest on the regular day to day. It gives a space to be creators in our lives which leads to spiritual connection – a space for your intuition or spirit to speak while you listen. It can be a type of meditation for me. When I am choosing colors or in the act of being creative, I rarely think about much else.
Creativity’s nemesis is perfection
You don’t have to create a Mona Lisa. Just slap the paint on the canvas and watch the magic unfold. The real beauty is in the actions of the creator – the writing down of the author’s inner voice, the passion in each note played, the perfect brush stroke magically unplanned. When we strive for perfection, we overthink it. We inject expectation which can drive us mad. That’s not the purpose. Forget about what you think it has to be and let it unfold organically.
Adult coloring books have become a big hit and you can find them anywhere. Personally, if I go for a coloring book, I go old style with the crayons and the Little Ponies or superheros. Otherwise, I like to doodle and color my doodles.
I also paint, dance, write and listen to music. It can be whatever makes you feel like a creator. Maybe you do woodworking or landscaping and that feels creative to you. There’s endless possibilities.
What is your creative outlet? How do you embrace it or push it off the to-do list? How does it make you feel when you do it? Why don’t you make time?