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Hanging With Our Creativity

I noticed that when I hang out with my creativity, it wants to hang out with me. Just thinking about it can be enough for me to break through resistance to a tiny step which then leads to momentum.

Writing and reading about creativity does the same thing, so I thought I’d share these ideas, in case reading them helps you.

Five Ways to Hang with Our Creativity

1. First: Wash out distractions

They may be lodged deep in the fabric of our habits so we shouldn’t fret if they don’t come out immediately. Rather than trying to move away from distractions, it works better if we entice ourselves by co-oping the pleasure centers of our brain. Let’s make it fun and remember why we are doing it.

2.Hang in Originality

Let’s hang our creativeness outside our rut, our tired-out routines. The best way to do this is simply by asking the question: How can I make this different? Immediate answers may arrive, but more often simply asking will begin a series of connections and percolations, and the answer will come gradually. 

3. Hang with Your Breath and with Mindfulness

Let’s allow the breeze to wash over the tapestry of who we are. Judgments, fears, and other unhelpful thoughts don’t go away completely, so just allow them to be there, but give more attention to small helpful thoughts like “I can do this.”

4.And then Listen. 

OVER HERE… our wondering minds need to settle on the voice inside that’s been trying to get through. If we take most of the distractions off the line every now and then, originality has a chance to light our minds. Be patient.  Set a timer for 15 minutes and stay focused during that time. If we are aware of the steps we have taken and acknowledge each step we do take, we are more likely to show up over and over. 

For Optional Genius-inducing Sheen:

Ask questions and don’t expect an immediate answer. Questions start the creative spin cycle both consciously and subconsciously. Here are some examples:

  • What small fresh twist can I add to this idea?
  • What if my idea could talk to me?
  • What would I say if I was telling the world about my idea?
  • How can I make showing up for my creativity easier?

What if I approached my idea:

  • With really big gestures of action?
  • With unfettered courage?
  • From a really narrow point of view?
  • With reckless abandon?
  • With sympathy and tenderness?
  • Pretending I’m the foremost world expert?
  • As if I didn’t care so much about it?
  • As if my mission was to save the world with each tiny step I took?
  • As if I was extremely confident?
  • With as much love as possible
  • As if I were a gypsy, boat captain, a goofball, superhero, or 5-year-old child?

Hang with the possibilities. Entertain the absurd because the absurd often associates with genius. Keep your creative passion in your mind in between activities, while driving, walking, downloading, showering, and/or staring at your lampshade. The more you hang with your creativity, the deeper the colors.

Or just maybe your mind is on overwhelm, in static oblivion, on the multitasking freeway of focuslessness, beating yourself up, or expecting waaaay too much. I know what you mean. Relax, lower the pressure, start with five minutes.

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