Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a gardener, a builder, or someone who loves cooking, creativity is an ember that lives within us, just waiting to ignite.
For some, this ember is familiar and tended to often. For others, the ember rarely gets stoked.
Navigating daily life within a complicated web of societal dos and don’ts requires energy that can drain even the most dedicated creatives.
We access our creativity best when we are in a calm, openhearted state. But we can also access creativity when we feel stuck, and use it to soothe ourselves.
Creative flow is real. Anyone who has ridden the wave of creativity can attest to coming out the other side feeling whole, exhilarated, alive and at the same time utterly spent.
A creative state allows us to lose ourselves and find ourselves, often simultaneously. But if it feels so good, why don’t we spend more time in it?
If you’re reading this, you likely want to tap into your creativity more often because you know the value of doing so is high.
As someone who writes and creates to process my experiences, I know that creativity is my lifeline. It enriches my life and makes my toughest challenges bearable.
Here are 3 methods I regularly use to tap into creativity with ease. If they resonate with you, give them a try.
As easy and clean as it might seem to think our way into a creative state, we are better off getting in touch with our emotions. Our feelings are our superpower.
I have found the work of Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, to be a transformative guide to moving through emotions to get to a core state where creativity flows with ease. Hilary is a psychotherapist and researcher who has extensively studied the science of emotions. She recommends the Change Triangle® tool for emotional health to guide you from a place of disconnection to your true self. According to Hilary, “being real, or authentic, just feels better. And it leads to all sorts of good things: connection, compassion, calm, creativity, courage and confidence.”