For the month of October, we’ve chosen CREATIVITY as the concept we want to focus on. It’s especially fitting considering that at the end of this month, so many of us will be celebrating Halloween - a holiday that allows us to honor our inner child and transform ourselves into whatever or whoever we want to be. Also, it means candy… lots of candy!
Anywho… creativity is a big part of the human experience. Some even say that what separates us from animals is our ability to be creative in terms of art and expression. The daily grind keeps us working like machines, but it’s nearly impossible to find anything in existence that doesn’t require some kind of creativity whether it be in its design or function. For example, there were several different designs for the airplane that needed to be tested before finding one that would work in accordance with the laws of nature. Once the functional design was created, the interior then needed to be designed in a way that would make it comfortable for whoever would operate it. And then later, the airplane needed to be designed to the satisfaction of passengers for commercial use. All of these things were created but there is no such thing as creating without creativity. Whether it be creating your Halloween costume to creating an airplane to creating the life that you want.
In essence, all of us are creators. Every single life-form in existence. We create situations, feelings, opportunities, machinery, other beings and the list goes on and on and on into infinity. As creators, we want to use this power the best way possible. Using what we have to get what we want. Being resourceful. As opposed to looking for solutions outside of what we have… we want to look within. Can you see where I’m going with this?
Meditation as a tool for Creativity
If you are looking for a creative solution and you’re running out of ideas, try meditation. By quieting your mind, you can allow it to dig around and look for ways to use your present situation to your advantage. Personally, when I’m all out of ideas, I take ‘power naps’ or I do a fifteen minute meditation using the Calm app or Liberate app. Going for a walk has helped as well. Sometimes doing something as simple as reading or drawing has helped me to come up with ideas. As long as you’re quieting your mind and giving it a chance to rest, you are on the right track.
When it comes to creativity, children are great exemplars. Children allow their creativity to fly free through play. I know that when left to my own devices as a child, I was constantly drawing or writing stories or trying to invent some zany device with whatever was lying around the house. As an adult, when I want to be creative, I try to tap into my inner child. And she never fails me.
When it comes to creativity, it’s important to understand that a mind free of judgment is the best tool one can have. By allowing yourself to explore all of the possibilities, no matter how ridiculous it may seem, you are exercising your creative muscle and can get stronger when it comes to finding solutions. Not everything is going to work out all the time, but if you block an idea that might not make sense at first, you may be blocking the very idea that could get you to the one that does.
So this month, we encourage you to unlock the key to your inner child. Play, dance, find joy and be inspired by the little things. Create yourself. Create your reality and do so creatively.