It's important to first address how we see ourselves. Let me state, that we all have the same access to the creative space that exists in this life. Yet, our circumstances, state of health or being, social conditioning and other components have made that experience in the creative space, a highly relative experience. Therefore, how do you see yourself? Are you experiencing the peak of your creativity? Are you walking around lethargic, lazy, or without passion? Are you somewhere in-between? When was the last time you allowed yourself to drift into thoughts of magnificence?
Our Brain And Day Dreaming
Insight, intuition, stored memories, and stored information, all play a role in daydreaming, or mind-wandering. I love what psychiatrist, Eugenio M. Rothe, at Florida International University, has to say about how daydreaming enhances our creativity. He says, "many times the "dialogue" that occurs when the daydreaming mind cycles through different parts of the brain, accesses information that was dormant or out of reach(1)." Did you "catch" that and make the connection? When we daydream, we enter a state of limitless potential. What we once thought was not possible, suddenly becomes possible in that creative space. This is what Attainable Health is all about; that, good health is within reach. However, you have to believe that, first! Movies are a great place to see this idea come to life. We are constantly watching new movies with technology far beyond our current times. Does that make it impossible? Certainly not. We've seen so much come to fruition that was once just an idea. The same goes for you! You are not just a dot here on this earth. YOU have the ability to change your circumstances, change yourself, and change the world for the better.
- Do something completely new. Stepping outside of our comfort zone forces us to think differently than we typically do. It gives us perspective and can culture us, enhance our ability to be empathetic, or simply help us to relate better to people and the world around us. One thing that I have always daydreamed about doing, is learning how to sail a boat. One day, I desire to rent a sailboat and island hop through sea navigation. I expressed that desire to people around me and wouldn't you know, an opportunity popped up that I would have a chance to learn how to sail a small catamaran. It was terribly uncomfortable, and terribly exciting! The owner guided me; however, he gave me enough autonomy to balance the use of my intuition and learned-skills, to navigate. It was exhilarating! It was also a great start to actualizing that dream.
- Turn-off. We are constantly pulled in different directions, and hear many "voices" clamoring for our attention. It is very difficult to hear that inner-voice, the one who is your true self, when there is so much competition for you to "be" something for someone else. Serving the ones we love is noble and necessary; however, we will be able to serve those around us far better, when we fill up our own cup, first. This is not selfish. This is good wisdom.
- Create art. Your mind may automatically go toward painting or sketching but let's not limit the idea of art here. To appreciate art in its full right, we have to understand how art is defined. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines art as, "something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings; works created by artists : paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings; the methods and skills used for painting, sculpting, drawing, etc.(2). So you see, art is simply an expression of an deeper message or meaning. Your own art may be dancing in the kitchen while you cook; singing out our own tunes, while you drive in your car; making spider-web like connections in your mind, to draw meaning in a particular experience or circumstance; or a literal sketch, doodle, paining, sculpture, etc. All of these types of expressions are beautiful in their own ways.
Are you still with me? Haha! Now that you have been reminded of some tools to use for tapping into your creative space, start imagining what you look like, what you feel like, and what you are doing at your ideal state of health! If you're still not sure where to start, check out my recent blog post on creating a wellness vision statement to help you better define what you are after. Click: Vision Precedes Your Actual Wellness, to access the post. Also, if you ever have a difficult time "turning-off," check out my 5 effective tips to practice mindfulness, here: I Hope You Don't Read This Post.
I believe you are way more creative than you think you are!
As always, be well!