As an Artist and Writer I live and breathe my creativity daily and am always looking for ways to live creatively in the flow. Yet classic creative procrastination and feelings of frustration, exacerbated by daily trivia, often knock me sideways.
Since experiencing my slow Spiritual awakening, which culminated with a mind blowing slap in the face with a wet Kipper epiphany in June 2016, I aspire to live mindfully. And strive to be present in each moment as I sniff out the illusive state of Zen.
My Gran died when I was only five but I have many memories of this extraordinary lady.
One particular recollection has always confounded me. Granny used to actually love to do housework! Nothing gave her more pleasure than sweeping, dusting, mopping, tidying, polishing and shining. I recall she always used to wear her pretty floral cotton housecoat as she happily did her chores. Until recent months I never understood.
A few months back I was chatting to my Spirit friend Kerrie who urges me to think less and just be – Zen. Instead of fighting or over thinking the dishes of dirge served up daily she counsels me to consider each trial, tribulation and chore as a gift to learn, grow and be.
Hmm – now there is a challenge.
This got me to thinking about all the ways we can work towards living creatively. Regardless of whether what we are actually doing is considered creative or not.
What would it actually take to be free enough to embrace our creativity?
My belief is that to be truly creative in our lives we must strive for non-judgement of situations and others.
Live and let live/Love and let love.
Be happy in and with ourselves. With what we have or don’t have. We must not live in awe.
Here are 10 suggestions for Living Creatively:
Do not be afraid to stand apart from the herd and walk your own path with conviction. Colour the elephant purple.
Embrace change and new challenges. Accept failure with good cheer in the knowledge that the lessons you have learnt will move you closer to success. Paint a picture with confidence and without expectation of the final piece.
Find the joy in the dirge – Clean your brushes regularly!
Hold out your hand to a friend you do not yet know – Friendship decorates life.
Smile in the face of adversity and find the funny in the ridiculous – Embrace the abstract and laugh out loud.
Make play a priority – Do not fear making one unholy creative mess or even a fool of yourself!
Refuse societal stereotypes of age – Nourish your inner child daily.
Find beauty in the details – They can have and make the biggest impact.
Go about your life with colour and light in your heart – Be the rainbow you wish to see.
Embrace your imagination – It costs nothing to dream and to dream is to create.
If you fancy you can view some of my fine art here.
With Love xox