Sometimes I watch my daughters in awe as they lose themselves in their art-making. Markers, chalk, fabric scraps, bits of glitter- all deposited on any imaginable surface for the sheer and simple delight of it. No final product, no motive, no message. Pure process that nurtures their hearts no matter what the outcome.
What if we remembered this for ourselves? What if, in our pursuits to become more professional, we found a way to daily embrace the reason we create in the first place?
What would that look like for you?
Not the money, the marketing, the momentum. In fact, if you’re manifesting these things without a heartfelt sense of connect to any of it, I assure you- one day you’ll wake up & wonder what it’s all for.
Sometimes, however, we can get so focused on the “other stuff”- the business end of things that we may not find so easy to accomplish- that we begin to feel, well, disheartened.
Maybe we even want to give up.
That was me this week. I got so buried with the things I thought I ought to do or the ideas of what I thought “should” be happening but weren’t that I made no time for the work that set me on my path in the first place. The stuff that makes my heart sing regardless of the outcome.
Intuitively, I knew the only way to address the building anxiety was to set everything aside & dive into my art-making. I pulled up my ten-year-in-the-making novel & began, moving far past my “page a day” motto, editing & rewriting like I never have. I deleted entire chapters. Toyed with a whole new structure. Then panicked. It is now a hot mess. (Can the main character really sit in a timeless stratosphere among stars & comment on what’s going on below?)
After a good night’s sleep, I can now appreciate the freedom I gave myself to envelope myself in the process. Even still, I feel a bit more timid, maybe even depressed.
While the act of marketing, business & the learning of all the tools that go with it can be both creative & invigorating, ultimately, I long to be connected to that unfettered place within me time & time again.
Above & beyond all business affairs, my heart really just prefers to make art.
I bet yours does, too.
What does that look like for you? What are the ways you embrace your creativity? Take a moment to write them down now. Preferably in bold, bright colors & then placed in an area you can see daily.
I like to jump between writing poems & stories, taking photographs, making mixed media art, improv dancing & strumming on my uke & singing along as if i actually sounded good. When I relax into these actions, my conscious sense of self merges with the divine essence of who I truly am without judgement or pressure. I am revived & relieved.
Being creative also spans the gamut past making art. It is also found in a thousand simple tasks that make our lives beautiful if we call upon the art of play.
Children are brilliant at this. They can make putting on shoes fun. Suddenly there is an opera of toes to contend with, or a duo of storytelling sock puppets. My girls (ages 3 & 4 1/2) remind me time & time again to lighten up & play.
Allowing ourselves to play is critical to the health of our heart & art-making. It creates the space we need to call in mystery, spontaneity, joy & heightened states of bliss. It cultivates creativity, giving back more as we use it.
Play also calls us to let go, to lose concern of what will be & stay mesmerized in what IS, which nurtures our hearts immensely.
This is not to say that a wild rumpus is in order. Sometimes all that is required is the quiet recognition of the heart center itself & an inquiry of what it needs. The simple act of taking a walk, slowly & mindfully, can help settle the heart back into the space of love, light & possibility. Doing the dishes, making soup, sipping tea while listening to birdsong, sailing, singing, Savasanah- all of these things can shake the dust & draw you back to your happy center.
Take a moment now & check in with yours. What is your heart asking for? Can you carve out some time to show up for its requests? Have you nurtured your heart throughout these last several weeks of the MIND THE MONEY GAP process? What can you do to make sure your heart shines & gives you the lift you not only need, but deserve?
Pick three ways & make an actionable plan to incorporate it into your next week. Keep it simple, make it fun, & by all means, do not worry about the outcome. Just enjoy the process & let it take you where it takes you.
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