Sunday, 24 January 2010

Take Yourself on a Creative Date


Image thanks to d sharon pruitt

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.”
Alan Alda

People are always at their most wonderful when they are being creative; this is when our full potential is able to shine out and to grow. When we are creating, we are being most authentically ourselves, rather than running to an agenda.

Whatever kind of creative you are: a writer, an artist, a musician, a dancer, a designer... you have to continually feed your creative side if you want it to work for you. How do you go about this? One way is to take yourself on a creative date.

Whether or not you consider yourself as actively ‘a creative’, if you are taking part in this series or in any way are trying to improve your life, then you are; you are creating a life from your imagination, you are becoming the illustrator of your own existence, and this is the highest peak of creativity. This creativity still needs feeding in the same way.

A creative date is simply an exercise in inspiration; it is partaking in an activity or activities which inspire, motivate, and encourage your creative side. Its aim is fulfilment and crafting a life worth falling in love with.

Summary:

♥ When being creative, we are being our most authentic
♥ Whatever your creative practice, you need to continually feed your creative side
♥ Regular creative dates will lead you to a life worth falling in love with

Homework:

♥ Organise your own creative date.

Think about the things that most inspire you: film, art, theatre, dance, photography, nature, food, architecture... and then outline the perfect day or afternoon trip that will incorporate them. Take a paddle boat out on a local lake, wander around a gallery, see the ballet, read a classic in the park, do a cooking class, go for a walk in the woods, see an art house film etc.

If possible, take your journal with you to record your sparks of inspiration. This should be a regular activity – think of yourself as a lamp that needs plugging in every once in a while to keep it working at its full potential. When we are constantly inspired, then we are constantly living out or fullest, most dynamic lives, we are constantly witnessing our own achievement, and we are constantly putting the Zing! in amazing!

3 comments:

Lilli said...

megan, i just wanted to let you know that your blog is amazing. i am following it for a while and i absolutely love your work. keep it up, cause we'll all find ourselves because of you!! thanks so much!!

Neysa said...

I love "becoming the illustrator of your own existence", it resonates so strongly with me. And I try to take myself on a date once a week, to a cafe, or down the beach, to get the creative juices flowing!
I'll admit I haven't been doing *all* the homework, because some of the things I have already done in the last few months as part of a mission to get to know myself properly, but you have so many fresh new ideas, and your take on this self-improvement series has been inspiring.
If you don't mind, I'd like to include you and MYLA in my weekly round up tomorrow, you've been such a help to myself and others, and would love to share the experience with my very few readers!

Megan said...

Lilli - Oh my! *blushes* Thank you!

Neysa - No I don't mind at all, that's great :)

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