Tip #16 for our #40DaysOfSelfCare adventure is CREATE.
All creative processes begin with a dream. A dream born of curiosity and nurtured by imagination.
Dreams. Curiosity. Imagination.
The holy trinity of every artist. The blessed sacraments paving the path to creative possibility.
As a writer, artist, and entrepreneur, I must commune with dreams, curiosity, and imagination every day. They save me from resistance, fear and doubt – the three stooges of every artist.
When I dream, get curious, and imagine, I become as fearless as a child who plays “make believe”. It is here magic happens. Through the saving grace of my dreams and imagination, I always make the blank page become a poem or article.
Sure, sometimes a poem sucks and an article forever lives in my Miss Mac’s hardrive; but hey, they still appeared. All because I had the courage to keep creating what I know is my heart’s desire – writing.
Courage is the divine spark or the dancing firefly that blazes the path when the artist leaps into the unknown. The unknown of the blank page or empty canvas.
I recently watched the Netflix series “House of Cards”. Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, is ruthless, sinister, and charming. A perfect muse for a writer. In one episode he said something that turned my poet’s ear - "Imagination is its own form of courage."
So true. I also believe “Imagination is its own form of freedom”. No boundaries or borders exist in dreamland. When we dream without expectations, we create without boundaries. In Ayurveda, this is called “Purusha” – the supreme space of unlimited creative potential.
I feel extremely fortunate to write for lululemon, a company that gives me the freedom to create with fierce courage and endless imagination. In June, I suggested an article about Ayurvedic bedtime routines to my editor Kate and she said yes. Note: Bedtime routines are not typical sports and fitness reading material. And lululemon is not the typical athletic company.
My dream of lululemon publishing my article, Ayurvedic Bedtime Routines for Better Sleep”, is now putting a bunch of folks into dreamland. Kate published the article last Monday. As of this morning, the article has 38,042 unique visits on their blog! This week they are sending an email with a direct link to my article to over a million folks. And this is exactly why I write for lululemon. They support my creative dreams.
Dreams, curiosity, and imagination awaken us to our unique heart songs. The creative calling you hear resonating in your heart is the celestial music others feel echoing in their hearts.
Closing with a quote from lululemon’s “Get Quiet, Live Loud” book:
“To the sweaty philosophers, bonfire starters and the daredevil entrepreneurs, with gratitude. Your spark elevates our entire collective.”
Let’s light it up, folks!
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: 5 minute Dream Manifestation Meditation. Sit in a comfy place. Nestle into slow, deep and steady breaths. Inhale: Dreams, curiosity and imagination. Exhale: Resistance, fear, and doubt. Pause: Expand into possibility. Repeat 8-10 times. Then, on blank paper, the space of Purusha, create something. A poem, doodle or drawing. No expectations or boundaries. All possibility and fun.