Happy Day 6 of our #40DaysOfSelfCare adventure!
As a little review, on Day 2, I shared the 5 essential elements of self-care. They are: Create. Cleanse. Nourish. Rejuvenate. Pamper. Each of these actions supports health, vitality, and happiness in the body and mind.
Today, I want to share how Creativity helps one move from the confines of convention into the unlimited realm of possibility.
I believe packing a marker (or crayon) and a journal is as important as packing a water bottle, protein bar, yoga mat, or running shoes. My favorite creative activities - writing, drawing and painting, are as important to my well-being as running, resting, and eating healthy foods.
In fact, I believe creativity is the primordial seed of meditation, a person’s first experience of meditating. Give a 3-year old a piece of paper and box of crayons, and watch her go from zippity zoom to serene focus. The same effect happens in adults. Last fall Huffington Post published a fascinating article about how creativity lowers stress and releases positive endorphins- the brain’s feel good hormones. Check it out.
Just how does creativity benefit the mind, nourish the soul, and increase happiness?
Spending time with a sheet of construction paper and some crayons breaks through expectations, judgment, and fear. The creative process frees one from ramshackle mental patterns and old habits. Untethered from convention and history, it’s all giddy up and yeehaw into open fields of possibility.
Why crayons and paper? Because if I suggested oil paints, brushes and canvas, I reckon the majority of folks would freak out and declare they are not an “artist”. However, smelling and wielding a crayon connects an adult to their forever child who creates simply for the joy and fun of creating. No expectations.
When one practices doodling without expectation, writing without expectation, yoga without expectation, and meditation without expectation, one practices living and loving without expectation. This IS ultimate freedom and forever possibility in all realms of life. Health. Career. Relationships. Creativity.
And, it’s the place of Purusha – the supreme unmanifested space of pure divine creative potential. Aka…a giant, fun playground to explore, get curious, and be imaginative. The place innovations are made, dreams manifest, and people kick creative ass. (Apologies for cussing - it’s Friday and I’m feeling cheeky. Pun intended).
In working with clients to lower stress, improve focus, and stoke creative potential, I recommend Creative Breath Meditation. It’s a 15-minute practice that involves yoga, breath, crayons, and construction paper. It fosters the creative powers of:
Learn how to do Creative Breath Meditation in today’s daily Self-Care Adventure Tip.
Lastly, to inspire your creative spirit, should you like the Dreamscape Mermaid postcard in the above photo, email me your snail mail address and I’ll send you one. Poem by moi. Mermaid painting by Jon Ortner of www.jonortnerart.com.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Creative Breath Meditation. Ask judgment and criticism to take a hike. Invite curiosity and imagination as your trail guides and do the following:
1. Do 5 minutes of your favorite yoga poses. I am purposely not suggesting any yoga poses, because I encourage you to step on your mat and see what the body wants to do. Getting comfy in the realm of the unknown IS the artist way.
2. Do mindful breath for 5 minutes. Close eyes and rest hands in prayer at heart. Inhale: possibility, curiosity, and invention. Exhale: fear, doubt, and convention. Notice the pause between inhales and exhales. Linger there. It’s the space of Purusha – unlimited creative potential. This is where it gets fun.
3. Gather up some crayons (or markers or colored pencils). For 5 minutes color, doodle, write, scribble, and draw. Not sure what to draw? Excellent. You are at the threshold of the unknown…Purusha, the place of unmanifested creative possibility.
Move the body on yoga mat. Move the breath on meditation pillow. Move the crayon on paper. It’s all a flow of creativity. It’s all the path to Adventures in Possibility.