Honoring Creativity as Soul-Care
I am surrounded by artists and creative people.
I have always been drawn to artists, but when I was younger I didn't see myself as either an artist or creative. I've always loved acting and telling stories—singing is a love as well—but it always seemed that real artists didn't look like me. They were edgy and mysterious and interesting. I, on the other hand, felt light and open and pretty simple. Only in the last few years have I embraced and realized what a creative artist I am. Through cultivating a life that nourishes me and my family I can see the depths of the artist I have become.
I see my life as my art. I am no longer defined by a job I do or whether or not I embody what being an artist feels like to me. I am my art and I bring myself to the day to day of my life ...
It takes creativity to come up with clever solutions to end disputes between my three children.
It takes creativity to organize schedules that take all of our needs into consideration.
Making meals, coloring side-by-side, establishing new traditions, celebrating milestones, decorating our home—all of that is artistic and creative. This art I create daily is not perfect—it is messy and there is a lot of clean up involved—but it is deeply satisfying.
Being creative, for me, is simply about seeing beauty in the mundane. It's about noticing the sky and listening to the heart beat of our home. Being in the kitchen bare-foot—yep, bare-foot, because I need to feel the ground. There is no right way for it to look. It's just love and care and devotion to seeing the beauty in our everyday lives.
I watch people a lot. I am interested in others and the way they live their lives. Being part of a community feeds my creativity. I am inspired in an instant by the few words of a soulful writer. A photograph can fill me deeply and cause me to shift my mindset instantly. Music can absolutely transform my day in a moment. Art and creativity exist everywhere. When we look at our lives as the art we make, when we bring our creativity and artistry to the tasks of our days, we honor our soul. We honor our everything.
Here are 7 things I do to ground myself in the creative ::
1. I meditate. I let go of thinking meditation has to look certain way, and just do it. Clearing our minds, even for just a few moments a day, creates the mental space to notice.
2. I simplify. I stop rushing and take the time to BE in my life. No one else will give you your life—you have to claim it.
3. I know what I need and am honest about it. Ask for what you need. Give yourself what you need. Don't expect other's to read your mind.
4. I listen to my body. It is always telling me something.
4. I am authentic. I let go of what others think. Find your own way, but do look to others for inspiration and ultimately, make it your own.
5. I partake in creativity. I draw, I cut and paste, I write down inspirational phrases. I choose to make inspiration a priority. I create what I crave.
6. I set the table. It's a bit of metaphor, but when I'm feeling dull and lacking the juice I lean on some of the simple tasks in my day to feed me. I set the table with the intention to create art. To feed me visually. This simple mundane task becomes a sacred act and I then feel deep reverence for myself and this life I have been gifted.
7. I look to the moon. When I step outside and look for the moon and take in her majestic beauty, I am always overtaken with awe and gratitude—and from this place, I can create anything.
What does creativity look like for you? How can you honor that creative urge in your everyday life? Let's not put it off as a luxury for when we “have time.” Instead, let us honor the gift of our creative life as a means of self-care, soul-care, and joy.