Creativity as Self-Care
You may have experienced, at least to some degree, that engaging your creativity can be a source of fun, relaxation, even stress relief, particularly when you allow yourself to focus on the process, rather than the product. But the processes involved in creativity can actually do a whole lot more! Gifting ourselves with the time to unfold our creativity, we also allow for a kind of self-exploration that can lead to us to a deeper level of self-awareness and new insights about ourselves, which can in turn provide us with the sense of relief and well-being that comes through recognizing and acknowledging our subconscious feelings. Engaging your creativity via the framework of LC programs, you’ll be afforded opportunities to access the deep inner knowing that lies within, to mine the guidance and wisdom that resides inside your soul. By expressing ourselves via whatever creative pathways we choose to indulge in, we empower and strengthen our unique voice. And as we allow for the unfolding of our unique, innate creativity, we facilitate the intuitive development of all of our abilities, particularly those that may be latent, as yet undiscovered.
“To know yourself is to know the power of God within you.” Susan Taylor, In the Spirit
Creativity as Sacred Practice
Anchored in the present moment, giving deep attention to the details involved in whatever we’re making, the process of creating can be a way of practicing mindfulness. Also, when we are creating, we are open, receptive, and relaxed. Which is why engaging our creativity is one of the ways of creating a channel for connecting with the divine. You may have heard the phrase “in the zone” to describe a state of heightened focus and blissful immersion that people experience when engaged in a particular activity. Engaging our creativity is one of the activities that very often allows us to be “in the zone” and in this way, much like meditation, provides our minds with a kind of hallowed space between our often negative, stressful, and anxious thoughts so that we can connect with our deeper, truer selves. That is because the process of creating is in large part, about reaching a state of consciousness that allows us to transcend the nearly incessant, unconstructive chatter that goes on within our minds. Like meditation, this transcendence, a kind of rising above as Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn refers to it, "the weather patters of our minds," can allow us to experience a sense of freedom, or “flow state.” This flow state is what helps to expand and fuel our imagination. Thus, engaging our creativity, can be a powerful means of providing ourselves with a nurturing space of stability and connection with our true selves. And in the image of the great Creator of all things, as we bring something– a song, a poem, a way of doing or being, a photograph, an illustration, a meal – into being that didn’t exist before, engaging our creativity allows us opportunities for tapping into a divine aspect of ourselves.
I'm Lovenia Leapart, a certified educator, with over a decade of experience in the field of training, instructional design and leading workshops. I am also a published author, with a Master's in Creative Writing, and a student of Eric Maisel, one of the most prominent and prolific thought leaders on the nature of creativity. I am particularly fascinated by the ways in which creativity and spirituality intersect and how strengthening one of these areas has the potential to facilitate growth and development of the other. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I've lived in various cities across the U.S., including New York, San Diego, Dallas, and the DC metro area. Since 2012, I've also lived in China, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain.
A late blooming creative who walked away from the kind of treadmill living that had me mostly focused on just getting through my days, I am now focused on creating a life centered around growing my potential and pursuing more meaningful, purposeful work. Having made the leap towards a life that feels more aligned with my highest aspirations, I now split my time between writing fiction, indulging my passion for cooking, and learning the ways in which I can serve and support the needs of other writers and potential writers.
In the course of discovering my own unique way of living creatively, I’ve become obsessed with international travel, developed a passion for creative collaboration, and a ridiculous aversion to geckos.
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