27 February 2013
On 26 February I participated in Soulfully Inspired, a one-hour teleseminar about creative self-discovery hosted by Ariane Hunter and Michelle Curry. We talked about what creativity is, the role of mindfulness and meditation in creativity, handling blocks to our creativity, and nurturing our creativity going forward. By the end of the hour I was vibrating from inspiration and self-validation. I wanted to get out there and Create All The Things! because when I am being creative, I am being who I was created to be.
Believe me, to a person who spent decades of her life convinced who she was created to be was not who she ought to be, those are life-giving words. In other words, being creative is a radical act of self-acceptance.
When I got up the next morning it was raining and I was still itching to do something with my creativity. So before I started my day job, I spent time photographing the raindrops on our living room window. I didn’t worry about what may or may not come of the photos, how they may be perceived by others, or whether anyone else had made similar images; those worries distract me from my true self. I had a lovely hour of creative time before work, and it set a positive tone for the rest of my day.
Radical self-acceptance will do that.
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