12 Moves to make to recharge creative energy (yoga sequence inside)

12 Moves to make to recharge creative energy (yoga sequence inside)

Have you ever felt yourself falling into a deep, cavernous creative black hole where it felt like it would take moving mountains to get yourself going creatively again?

There was a time when I worked in the belly of the basement of a clothing store. I was a stock manager there and I was responsible for unloading the towering boxes of new clothes that came into the store every day. There were no windows in the basement and only dingy overhead lighting to see by. Days went by where I would hardly see the light of day. I would get home feeling dull, uninspired and unmotivated to do anything creative, even though I had always loved painting and art making. I knew that I really wanted to get back to my creative, thriving self once more, but, I felt so far from my creative spark, that I wasn’t even really sure where to start.

Creative Energy is Always Present

Through my own practice as an artist, my yoga practice and my studies in the field of creativity and healing,  I’ve come to believe that even when you are feeling totally + utterly unmotivated and uninspired to be creative, creative energy is still present within you.

It’s there in that tiny, subtle pull to create. To even be aware of the fact that you are feeling uninspired, is to be aware that your creative energy exists. So even though I was feeling unmotivated to be creative when I got home from that life-sucking basement job, the urge to get my creative spark back was an urge coming from the creative energy alive in me somewhere. 

How do you recognize the creative energy within you even when it feels like it’s hardly there?

  1. the urge to be creative (even if you feel like you are not)
  2. is creativity working it’s way through in ways you may not have considered? Making a meal, humming a song under your breath, making love, doodling in the margins of your notebooks, day and night dreaming are examples small creative acts
  3. Look at the bigger picture of your own life. What kinds of things have you created for yourself (think relationships, family, your home, your career, etc.). Recognize that these too are things that you created!
  4. Recognizing that creative energy is always present within you (even it’s just a tiny, barely attainable drip of energy) is the first step to understanding how to work within the creative process.

    Because ultimately, the creative process is about learning to work with the creative energy that is within you, no matter how strong it's current.

     

4 WAYS TO WORK WITH WHERE YOU ARE ON THE CREATIVE SPECTRUM (+ a free meditation)

4 WAYS TO WORK WITH WHERE YOU ARE ON THE CREATIVE SPECTRUM (+ a free meditation)

Earlier this month, I was having trouble falling asleep. I would get into bed and lay there, my mind spinning with ideas, coming to me like fireworks. I would get up to go write them down in my notebook.

My heart was racing as my brain jumped from one thing to another.

“I could do this! I could do that! What if I did….”  I was pumped and excited and high-wired.

I was experiencing a huge burst of creative energy.

Then yesterday, I sat down at my computer to write a blog post. I tapped the keys, but nothing came out. I looked over at my dog snoring in the sun. Cuddling with her was feeling very appealing. I looked out the window. Ah, it’s so pretty out. No, back to the post. I tapped the keys a little more. Nothing. I didn’t know what to write or where to start.

I was experiencing a lull of creative energy.

CREATIVE ENERGY WORKS IN CYCLES

How to Strengthen Your Creative Energy (+ a free workbook!)

How to Strengthen Your Creative Energy (+ a free workbook!)

You’ve got a GREAT IDEA, a spark of excited inspiration, a momentary glimpse of something awesome that you see yourself creating.

You have a flash of creative brilliance.

But, when you sit down to paint, or draw or write or express the idea (however it wanted to be expressed) and nothing comes out except the deep, booming voice of

THE JUDGE.

The judge does everything within it’s power to shut down and weaken your creative energy.

“Hey you,” the Judge says.

“Who do you think you are, coming in here, acting like you can just paint/draw/write and make something beautiful?”

“That is the worst piece of crap I’ve ever seen/heard.”

“You will never be good at this, you probably should just give up.”

Do you hear a voice like this when you sit down to paint, or draw or write or do anything remotely creative? Maybe this voice pops into your head before you even get to that point.

I know THE JUDGE very well. We are quite familiar with one another. But here is what I’ve learned about this voice (the one that does absolutely everything within its power to shut down my creative go-with-the-flow):

You can’t shut out the Judge. Judge is gonna judge.

So what’s a lady who just wants to get her painting + creating on to do?

Take a deep breath. Maybe belt out an om or two. This is what it’s going to take to do the creative work anyway.

BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY, 100% WORTHY OF CREATING