Keeping the creative self alive is essential to our overall health and well-being. In saying this, I’ve compiled a short list of things that you can begin doing today to help get you started:
1. Get into a daily routine of listening to your favorite music as you are visualizing your day. Do this in the morning before your day even begins to unfold.
2. Go see a musical performance on a somewhat regular basis in a sacred setting such as a church, synagogue, park or small amphitheatre surrounded by the beauty of nature. (the performance you choose to see is irrelevant, what is important here is for you to observe your physical, mental, and spiritual responses to that particular music.
3. Jot down on paper you thoughts each day either in the morning or evening. Julia Cameron suggests this in her book The Artists Way and calls this process “morning pages.” She states that these do not have to be structured organized thoughts, but random spur of the moment thoughts in your mind.
4. Begin studying music lessons, besides the great creative jump start, music study has also been known to positively affect the biology and behaviour of people with arthritis, dementia and even Alzheimer’s. (university of Miami)
5. Plant a garden…it doesn’t matter whether you plant flowers or vegetables, planting a garden has been shown to awaken creative abilities to full potential. Maybe it has something to do with playing in the dirt and invoking the child within, or being out in Mother nature surrounded by her wind, trees and green grass.
These suggestions are really just the tip of the iceberg as far as keeping our creative self alive is concerned. It has taken us years to submerge and deny our creative self, and it will take some time for us to rediscover and reacquaint ourselves with that familiar, but too often over looked creative friend from the past.