Anchored in the present moment, giving deep attention to the details involved in whatever we’re making, the process of creating can actually be a way of practicing mindfulness. 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. No doubt you’ve often 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 transcension, a kind of rising above our “monkey 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.
“Those who speak in spiritual terms routinely refer to God as creator but seldom see “creator” as the literal term for “artist”. I am suggesting you take the term “creator” quite literally. You are seeking to forge a creative alliance, artist-to-artist with the Great Creator. Accepting this concept can greatly expand your creative possibilities.”
– Julia Cameron
Go to any interesting outdoor space and select anything that moves you or catches your eye. Spend at least a half hour observing it. Afterwards, try to describe your experience via writing, collage, photographs, illustration, or any other form that suits your fancy.
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