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Fun Creative Inspiration

Fun creative inspiration comes from trying new things, playing with materials, being around children creating, and sharing stories. Creativity lessons are all round us. Listen for laughter. Follow your joy. Be curious and take some risks. It’s the recipe for making magical moments.

Teaching Creativity Creatively

Happy Spring everyone! This week’s blog is dedicated to every person who recognizes the importance of nurturing, inspiring, and encouraging creativity.

Explore the Intuitive Path to Creativity

“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner." Jonas Salk This week I’m urging you to take a solo adventure leading into your deep, rich, creative potential. You'll be guided exclusively by your intuition. Throw out the road maps (and any tendencies toward logic). Stay open to the possibilities (and intuitive promptings) and you’ll make some amazing discoveries.

Failure leads to creative success!

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” Alan Alda This week we are going to practice making mistakes. Our goals are to take wild leaps of faith and to make friends with failure. Why? Because when we’re afraid to try, our creative potential (and joy) begin to dry up. It’s Spring – the season of new growth, planting seeds of possibility, and beautiful beginnings. While Robert H. Schuller’s question is thought provoking, I’m wondering, “What would you create if you knew you couldn’t fail?” Here’s the secret: every creative act leads to an opening or awareness. The only way to truly fail – is not to try. The two collages I created this week look at my personal failures to meet self-imposed expectations related to getting my books published and releasing unhealthy eating patterns. I am choosing to see these ‘creative roads not yet taken’ as ‘feedback.’

Mindfulness = Creativity

Have you been playing with your creativity?
It’s time to add the element of mindfulness. 

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention and being fully present in each moment.  This week I invite you to […]

It’s creative play day!

“Our everyday creativity is not only good for us but it’s also one of the most powerful capacities we have, bringing us alive in each moment, affecting our health and well-being, offering richness and
alternatives in what we do, and helping us move further
in our creative and personal development.”
Dr. Ruth Richards, Everyday Creativity
The guiding principles behind this […]

Being ‘at home’ with silence.

“Inner silence promotes clarity of mind;  it makes us value the inner world;
 it trains us to go insideto the source of peace and inspiration
when we are faced with problems and challenges.”
Deepak Chopra
As a soon-to-be-58-year-old in grad school, I need as much clarity of mind as I can find.  I’ve made many discoveries in this program. One of the first is – I’m an introvert. I can be outgoing and social and extroverted as they come in public, but as soon as I’m home, I close the door and happily re-enter my peaceful and sweetly silent world.
Silence nurtures me. It offers a fertile field for my creative imaginings. I believe we all need a safe, sacred space to cultivate peace and inspiration. What’s yours? […]