intelligence at play."
Our friend, Albert is right! Creativity is an intelligence unique unto itself, that gets to play…if we can just learn how to maintain its Well-Being.
I have just attended an exciting week-long workshop called “Your Brain on Ink” about the power we have to shape our minds toward positive intention and action through the writing process. Led by the brilliant Kathleen Adams and Deborah Ross, who co-authored the book of the same name, one of the central concepts of the workshop focused on The Four Keys to Well-Being, developed by Dr. Richard Davidson from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, who asserts that “well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.” Dr. Davidson’s Four Keys to Well-Being include Resilience, Outlook, Attention, and Generosity.
I believe that these same Keys can be applied to the creative process, and that if we become conscious of them and actively work to strengthen them, they can empower enduring change in how we tend to our creative work in the world.
Let’s look briefly at how each of them might apply to our creative expression.
Resilience: If we are going to create, it’s essential to develop flexibility about how we see our work and how we put it out into the world. We all know that Stuff Happens in life: we can get derailed, distracted, discouraged, overwhelmed We might question why we are even creating, much less the meaning we intend to bring into the world. If we can develop resiliency, then we can get back to the heart of the process that inspired us in the first place.
Outlook: Cultivating positive attitude is essential in the making of our art. If we go toward the process by maximizing the potential that comes through and outlook built on curiosity and exploration, we can shift the way we view the territory of creative endeavor.
Attention: Attention Management is an essential part of the focus that we need to cultivate as artists. If we constantly succumb to the shoulds and musts of life, then those distractions can keep us from attending to the here and now…to the wonder of our world, and the things that inspire us to create.
Generosity: Since our artistic expression is a gift that has been given to us, it is essential that we learn to be kind to ourselves, by doing things like shifting unreasonable expectations and learning how to manage negative self-talk, perfectionism, procrastination, and fear.
It is so very important for us to realize that we have the power to nurture our deep creative desire by tending to each of these aspects of our well-being. Stay tuned for more to come on these topics in future blogs!
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