Do you feel like something is missing? I do, or I did.
I take pretty good care of myself, I’m a yogi and I’ve learned that to deal with stress I need to move my body, eat good things, get some sleep, and plan for a little down time. January always reminds me that self-discipline is essential. I look forward to the renewal of my regime after all the holiday ruckus and overload (which I also think is essential). I’m back to a regular practice, eat my oatmeal and hemp hearts, and back off on the indulgences. However, for years I felt like I was striving for something that no amount of exercise or green veggies could satisfy. Like there was a part of me still lacking. I figured it out.It took some time to embrace the idea because of GUILT. It is self-indulgent, could be seen as a waste of time, not very “productive” and brought (brings) me a whole bunch of joy.
It is relevant in January to talk about flexing or stretching muscles. I’m not sure who coined the phrase “flexing your creative muscles,” but they were on to something. Strengthening, lengthening, becoming aware of, moving, exercising all that creative energy that each and every one of us possess is essential and it takes some discipline. We need (underscore) an outlet for it. It needs to come to the surface, for me and I bet for you.
It is key to my happiness therefore key to my health.
If the prospect of being happier and healthier doesn’t win you over, here is some of my research; creativity in your business, workplace, and relationships is the most essential resource you have leading to greater productivity and a better ability to solve problems.
Art- making (and you can define that in so many way) lights our fires, gets the juices flowing, gives us energy, makes us do the happy dance, propels us forward, and moves us out of our comfort zones.
Alright, enough already, you might be saying, “I don’t draw.”
Art-making comes in many shapes and forms. Seth Godin wrote a whole book about it, “The Icarus Deception.”
“Seizing new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map – these are works of art and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer, or work with others all day long.” Seth Godin
Doing something new is proven to spark creativity.
I am so sold, so passionate about how fundamentally important it is for human beings to play, to create, and to make stuff for no other reasons than to connect with others and fuel our own happiness – when I think about it, in my late night, deeply philosophical moods, it is what makes us human.
We have a gift – go out and play! And then move out of your comfort zone and share it, it inspires us all.
A little bit more . ..
Words “You are what you practice most.” Richard Carlson
Read “The Icarus Deception” Seth Godin
TED Doodlers, Unite – Sunni Brown
Music Norweigan Recycling – “Miracles” a mashup