creative block, Creativity, focus, inspiration, Personal Development, Personal growth

We All Suck at Something

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Image from the ‘net.  If you know whose it is, I will attributed it to them.

I’m not feeling so deeply inspired today. I have a shoulder that’s persistently reminding me I’m human today.

But.

This is a more.. erm.. contemporary way to ask one to consider approaching things with a beginner’s mind. Very rarely, at least for most of us, are we good at something new the moment we try it.

I invite you this week to try something new. For me, working in an unfamiliar medium will often unlock a stuck spot for something I’m working on. When you try something new, you haven’t formed any rules for how to do it yet.

Use the “what if I tried…” as a jumping off point, rather than a wall of fear and stalling. See how this willingness to let curiosity lead your exploring something new might be applied to something you already do. How might you look at something, or do something, in a fresh way?

If you can’t think of anything. Do something you usually do with your nondominant hand. I would love to hear what you try, and what you discover!

Creativity, Personal growth

The Importance of a Beginner’s Mind

IMG_5610Today I decided to learn a new to me craft.

The process of it is awkward to me, and it’s reflected in how it looks. I found myself tensing up, trying to do it the way it’s “supposed” to be done. So I took a moment, set things down, and checked in with my body and mind. And remembered one of my basic tenets of life: explore the what ifs, rather than have them be blocks and fear-making.

There’s an importance and glory to approaching things with a beginner’s mind. You don’t know how to do the thing yet, your your motor skills are not automatic. Your mind explores the different possibilities.

Unless you come to the table with a lot of rules. Rules can block the creative flow. The inner critic might wake up and parade all the failures you’ve ever experienced. Your body tenses up, and then you fall, or make mistakes, or get so frustrated you give up on trying to learn the thing completely.

So yes, what I’ve made today is clunky and awkward, but I also learned alot about the process of the thing. And I learned probably as much about myself as the craft I decided to pursue.

I’m going to be offering creative exploration workshops soon. I hope you will join me with a playful beginner’s mind.

Creativity, Personal growth

Ready, Set Go!

I’ve been making things since I can remember… and for nearly as long, seen a connection between making and healing.. or at least of getting better acquainted with one’s Self.

Nearly a year ago, I attended an expressive arts therapy conference, and I came out of it with seeds of a course of self discovery using the creative process.  So many ideas!  So many directions to go!  I bounced around until I exhausted myself into inaction.

And life happened, as it always does.

Still.. .. the call has been whispering for attention.  Until this past week when it began tugging at my sleeve.

And I thought and bounced some more….

This afternoon, I spontaneously got up and started making… grabbing the first materials that came to mind, and the pieces began coming together.. much like the object I am making.

I need to fine tune the process a bit this week between bouts of the survival gig, but there will be a course for you all to take very soon!