“We are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buried strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. “The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living.“The courage to go on that hunt in the first place—that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one."
--Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
We can all use reminders from time to time about how to refuel our creative lives to find that buried treasure that Liz Gilbert describes in her wonderful book, Big Magic. Here are a couple of ways to do that!
First, commit to your creative path
Committing to being an artist involves finding your path to an art-filled life. Following this path requires reason, flexibility, tenacity, and sometimes sacrifice. It is about learning to see life through a creative lens, to ask the really important questions that might have no immediate answers, to learn to live with a degree of uncertainty and forego comfort in order to try something new.
This path is best maintained when art is in balance with the other aspects of our lives. Finding balance is an ongoing process and requires us to organize our time wisely and to say no to activities and relationships that do not feed our creativity. Cultivating this balance allows us to juggle wonder with practicality, to sacrifice ease on behalf of curiosity and experimentation, and to open ourselves to the world in a way that fuels our creative gifts.
Second, focus on what will nurture and feed your creativity
Nurturing your creativity is essential to living a life that is attuned to artistic expression. If you gather the right tools to do that, you will notice a difference in how you bring your creative energy to the world. Begin by pursuing interests that energize you, and experiment with creative materials. Establish a space where you can dedicate time and energy to your creativity—a place to foster inspiration, a place where you can avoid distractions and work on finding meaning in your creative voice. Allow your process to unfold and evolve, rather than trying to force it to look a certain way. Learn how to avoid negative self-talk, comparison to others, to critical voices, procrastination, and perfectionism.
Stay tuned for more next month!
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