Category Archives: Fire Up Your Creative Spark!
Of course, like half the female population, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
While I loved the adventure it entailed, as someone who has been a parent since I was 20 years old (and therefore in the world of free cash resources, somewhat poor), the opportunity and logistics to just take off for a year’s exploration to find my inner self has never really been an available reality.
That said, I definitely had moments of envy (ahhh, the freedom to adventure and explore with no strings once again) but also experienced a little bit of antipathy towards her too. I mean, seriously, the quickest way to find yourself and have all your buttons pressed and really learn to ‘chop wood, carry water’ is to throw yourself into the deep end by becoming a parent. Who needs an ashram when you can learn compassion, tolerance and patience by cleaning up the toilet bowl and floor after your child spends the night vomiting?
BUT I now have a new found respect and awe for this magnificent lady. ( My esteem for this author had already risen somewhat with the publication of her follow up book Committed, a wonderfully written and researched book into marriage and love)
This TED talk by Elizabeth about creativity is just magnificent. And she herself endears herself warmly to the audience with a mixture of laughter, wonder and insight. I truly recommend you give it a watch. It’s worth the investment of your time.
The creative process is all about digestion. The taking in of images, the swirling around of the bits and pieces, until we take what we need through our life filter and make it into something else.
What is left is rubbish.
I have been striving hard to digest a whole lot of stuff lately that just hasnt wanted to go down. It has been all about burps and belches.
I take notice of my body when it speaks (in whatever language- burps included!!) because it is always right, so I have had to help the digestion process by filtering stuff- to see what I really need and want and what is truthful – from all the garbage.
Right now, I have to find the goodness, and I’m doing this by reading a whole lot of craft, art and design books and magazines. Food for the soul, easily digested. Thank goodness for good nourishment!
- Sit outside quietly. No book, no tv, no friend to chat to. Just be with yourself. Notice your thoughts.
- Tip out the rubbish. Yes, that stuff in your brain that no longer needs to be there. Old worries, things you can’t do anything about, money concerns, what you did (or didnt do) last year, regrets… Make room for new thoughts!
- Have a nap in the middle of the day. Up to one hour. Set the alarm. Write down your dreams.
- Go wandering! Walking frees the breath and the mind. Hear the new ideas come.
- Potter in the garden. Digging in the dirt unlocks creative energy. See new growth.
- Make a new friend. Join a class.
- Go somewhere new, by yourself. Open your eyes to seeing what is really around you.
- Visit the art gallery. Take in lots of new images, designs, paintings and let them swirl in your creative well.
- Do something you wouldn’t normally do. Catch a bus if you normally drive. Sing in the shower. Sing in the street. (in fact, sing anywhere!) Smile. You are open to creative energy. Wait and see what comes your way!
- Turn off the TV. TURN OFF THE TV. One whole day, then one whole week. Can you do it? What will you do instead? Hours and hours and hours of free time is up your sleeve. Use it wisely!
- Appalachian Flat foot dancing with the Whitetop Mountaineers- a big highlight!!
- Dancing to “MamaKin” and listening to the groovy tunes of Danielle and her band. Check out this band. Do yourself a favour!! The songs “Colour” and “My friend” have induced tears for me at least 3 times today!
- Eating organic dark chocolate filled doughnuts
- Imbibing delicious mango lassies
- Dancing to “Colourfide”, a band of young guys from the Gold Coast, truly worth a look!
- Getting funky with Baalo Baajo and their African dance tips
- Immersing ourselves in street theatre
- Devouring delectable Govinda’s food and learning more about sacred cows
- Drinking up hot chai to the sounds of Music for the Spirit
- Spending time with the stories of Rob Longstaff, Stringmansassy and Lior
- Getting drenched under a showery sky for Arrested Development
- Zumba workouts
- Kecak chanting
- PsychoBABEL; the talk fest
- Burleque life drawing
- Sketch the rhyme game show
- UV wonderland
- A vintage hair and makeup workshop
- Stand up comedy workshops
- Magic of the mind
- Puppet shows
- The children’s festival
- Team poetry slams
- Yalks on treating illnesses naturally, healing through diet
- Shamanic drumming
- Film reviews
- Scottish fiddle workshops
- fire play
- aerials for beginners
- crystal bowl meditation
- balloon blowing
- acro balance
- hit song writing
- body percussion workshops
- and talks on: ‘being the change’, the population growth myth, renewable energy and cooking with your own home-grown food.