Daily Om Thursday

Keeping A Creativity Journal:
Inspiration Journal

There are many kinds of journals. Some people record their innermost thoughts and feeling daily. Others write a single poem or a few lines of an essay once a week, every few months, or simply “whenever,” The wonderful thing about journaling is that there are no rules or restrictions.

To get your creative juices flowing, start a journal to record inspirational thoughts and ideas, or keep track of an artistic project. Choose a blank book, preferably without lines, that appeals to you in color, size, and texture. Or make your own journal, designing a cover with drawings and photographs. Starting is the most important action. In the beginning, you might want to schedule journal time into your day… but even if you don’t, you know it is there waiting for you when inspiration strikes.

One of the best ways to encourage creativity is to try new things. Don’t let your preconceived notions of what a “journal” should be get in your way. Anything too formal or linear is up for grabs when flying with your creativity: write with your non-dominant hand, or write in a different direction – landscape orientation is a great start, diagonally, or even in a circle. When it comes down to it, you don’t even really need to write any words at all: draw, doodle, or paste a collage of images instead. The important thing is not to worry about your artistic skill in creating the journal, but to focus instead on your own expression. Anything fresh will do to kick-start your creativity: use different colored pens or pencils; fill your pages with colorful doodles; anything to keep you from traveling the same worn paths in your thinking.

Your journal can be about any aspect of your creativity. You may or may not believe it at this moment, but there is no such thing as a “non-creative person”. Any collection of fragments can be your repository of dreams, your prompt book for brilliant ideas, or the start of a larger creative endeavor. Don’t just spend time putting a journal together; every once in a while, take it down off the shelf and read it as if you just found someone else’s journal lying there (and that it was okay to look inside). The inspiration you discover may surprise you. ~ Madyson Taylor, Daily Om

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You are creative. Yes, you! There is creativity in most things that we do. Whether it is cooking a sumptuous dish for dinner or rearranging the furniture in the living room, or creating perfumes, you are exercising your creative muscle. If you are like me, you deny that you have a creative bone in your body, because your idea of creativity revolves around writing, painting, drawing, designing, dancing or some other “artistic” endeavor. As a child, I was told that I wasn’t creative and for most of my life, I believed it. Almost two years ago, I gave in to my longing to draw and I discovered a part of myself that I’d never known — my creative side. Surrendering to it, allowed me to express my thoughts and feelings in a new and fulfilling way.

Drawing led me to painting and both blossomed into the passions that eluded me. I’ve even sold two pieces of artwork and have commissions for two more. Although it is still surreal when I refer to myself as an artist, I intend to become a working artist. Two years ago, I never imagined that my journey would take me to this place.

Creativity is different for each of us, but when you unleash it, you unearth a part of you that has been hidden for much too long. The creative journal is a small step toward recognizing your creative side that awaits. The creative possibilities are endless, but only you can access it. Just remember that :

[t]here is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. ~ Martha Graham

The output of your creativity is uniquely yours and no others. It is a blessing and sharing it is your gift to the world.

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Quote Tuesday

Just move one step in the direction of our soul’s longing. Do not worry about where it leads. Don’t try to imagine the specifics of what you will eventually create: it will come. ~ Ann O’Shaughnessy

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Creative Writing Saturday

Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free. ~ Maya Angelou

Daily Om Thursday

Conscious Creation: The First Moments of The Day

The moment during the day when we very first open our eyes and come into consciousness is a precious opportunity. It sets the tone for all that comes after it, like the opening scene in a film or novel. At this moment, our ability to create the day is at its most powerful, and we can offer ourselves fully to the creative process by filling this moment with whatever inspires us most. It may be that we want to be more generous, or it may be that we want to be more open to beauty in our daily lives. Whatever the case, if we bring this vision into our minds at this very fertile moment, we empower it to be the guiding principle of our day.

Sometimes we wake up with a mood already seemingly in place, and it’s important to give this feeling its due. It can inform us and deepen our awareness to what’s going on inside us, as well as around us. As long as we are conscious, we can honor this feeling and also introduce our new affirmation or vision, our conscious offering to the day. We may want to decide before we go to sleep what we want to bring to the next day of our lives. It could be that we simply want to be more open to whatever comes our way. Or we may want to summon a particular quality such as confidence. Then again, we may simply call up a feeling that perfectly captures the texture we want our day to have.

We can reaffirm our vision or affirmation as we shower and eat breakfast, as well as recalling it at various times throughout the day. We can write it down and carry it with us on a little slip of paper if this helps. Simply by being aware of those first moments, we set the stage for a more conscious, enlivened experience, and we become active participants in the creation of our lives. ~ Madyson Taylor, Daily Om

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Have you ever heard the saying, “[insert name or pronoun] woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” For those unfamiliar with the saying, it simply means that the person is grouchy, unpleasant to be around or in a bad mood. And if you are like me, at one time or another, you’ve lamented, “I should have just stayed in bed this morning.” In all likelihood, both of these reactions originated from those precious moments between sleep and wakefulness. Whether it be from a bad dream, or beginning the day with stresses or worries carried over from the previous day, our attitude at those very moments can dictate the rest of our day. Will it be a good day or a bad day?

The thing is that, as with everything else in our life, we get to choose how we react. As trite as it may sound, attitude is everything. The ability to choose our actions is hard-wired in all of us. There are very few of us who do not have the occasional negative thought that, if left unchecked, will infect the rest of the day. Fortunately, we are in control of our paths, and by setting the intention to approach the day in a positive way, we set the stage for a more productive and satisfying day.

So, instead of bounding out of bed the moment you open your eyes, take a few minutes to gauge your thoughts and feelings. If they are a harbinger of a less than rewarding day, be still, take some deep, calming breaths and set a positive intention for the day, which you will return to throughout the day. Taking this time, clears your head and readies you to tackle the day with exuberance and zeal, and as a bonus, you’ll end the day happy that you ventured out of bed and into the world outside.postsiggie2