Being creative is our natural state.
Yet, it’s one we often lose our connection to as we grow up and allow the busy-ness and distractions of getting through our adult day to muffle the delightful voice of our timeless inner child and creative spirit that’s whispering: Let’s play!
I’m often asked if I have a reliable ritual for plugging back into a creative flow.
I believe there are many ways to nurture this deep, inner connection, and although I don’t view what I do as a ritual, it’s the way I begin every day, no matter what time my day begins. I find that sleeping and making sure I listen to my body’s need for rest primes my creative purpose pump.
As soon as I wake up, I go to my front door to look out onto my garden. I watch our resident creatures, birds, squirrels, and cats, fill this green space with their antics. I listen deeply to the sounds coming from the garden, from the street where I live, sounds from the sky above.
I ask: “Have you opened all your presence, yet?” Then, I listen within.
Next, I ask on behalf of all I’m aware of in my surroundings, “May we enjoy the unfolding of this new day with ease, abundance, grace, and love.”
Then I go to the kitchen to brew my morning beverage of choice: Coffee. I return to bed with a very big and full cup of coffee. With my coffee on the night table, I settle myself back into bed.
Now comes the most delicious part of my daily creative ritual…
While sipping coffee, I express gratitude and appreciation for at least one ‘something,’ ‘someone’, or some experience that is already part of my life. I find gratitude to be an incredibly powerful foundation for connecting with creative inspiration. Before I have finished my cup of coffee, new ideas and inspiration are pouring in!
I pick up my journal and take notes of what is being given to me, new delights to add to my list of all I am grateful for. Whether this is a theme for an email to my contacts, a topic for a podcast, a new perspective on one of my courses, like Co-Creation Catalysts. I teach the spiritual science of conscious co-creation, and I’ve learned to trust and respect the feeling impulse to reach out to a colleague, friend, or family member.
Planning the day to come by feel and inspiration before a more formal meditation, before grabbing my yoga mat, before I take on the busy-ness and distractions we all face?
This one choice assures connection to my creative fountain for the rest of the day.
This is my reliable spiritual ritual for being creative.
Simple. Easy. No extra ‘things’ are required. Just presence and your favorite morning beverage.
What is your special ritual for being creative? Please share it with us in the comments section below!