Tip 33 of our #40DaysOfSelfCare is a simple and fun way to NOURISH your creative spark.
Besides nourishing the body with healthy foods, it’s important to nourish the heart and soul. True health and well-being expands beyond strength, flexibility, low blood pressure, and glowing skin. Within each body, the soul longs to express itself through creativity. It’s up to each of us to know what places, books, music, and trinkets ignite one’s personal creative spark.
These trinkets and treasures from my childhood and adult adventures live on my little red art cart. When imagination stalls and creativity becomes murky, each of these simple items reconnects me to spaces and places in time where I felt total creative potential and abundance of magic.
The green tin pot is from my childhood kitchen play set. It reminds me to have fun as I “cook up” new poems and articles. A favorite childhood toy is charged with the magic of a child’s imagination and helps one remember that anything is possible.
The green dice reminds me to take chances when writing a poem or painting a picture. The ole, “throw down the pen to paper and let it roll”, mentality dares cool things to appear.
I found the antique brass key at a Nashville estate sale of a very eccentric elderly woman named Marge. She was my fascinating neighbor who once ran a burlesque nightclub in Printer’s Alley back in the 40’s. This key reminds me that fear blocks and love unlocks creativity in my heart. And that a little flair and wild is a good thing.
The pendant on the little leather medicine bag says, “Brave”. To be an artist, day in and day out, requires courage. I need to be brave enough to start and move through the moments when my creativity feels stalled or I think what I am writing or painting totally sucks. Or as Hemingway coined it, “the shitty first draft”.
I made the bag at the Wild Roots, Sacred Wings retreat last summer. It reminds me to be brave and slay the demons of perfectionism and criticism. And sink my wild artist’s roots in love, magic and courage...and I will always soar the blue skies of Purusha – the space of unlimited creative potential.
Reconnect with some of your childhood treasures and run with brave, joyful, wild abandon in your journals and canvases today.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Assemble a treasure trove box. Fill it with items that reflect the magic of childhood and the mystery of Purusha. Keep your treasure chest in your art space and open it often. The world awaits your creative gifts.