March 18

Today's quotation:

Creativity of all kinds focuses your mind, engages your imagination, and feeds your soul.  Being creative can also facilitate understanding and encourage healing.  Creativity is mindfulness in motion--intuitive, artistic motion.  Creative moments and activities give you a boost and help you feel energized and good about yourself.

Sue Patton Thoele

Today's Meditation:

One of the most important things that I've learned about creativity over the years is that I actually have to pursue it, to make a strong effort to be creative, if I'm going to be creative.  It doesn't just happen because I want to be creative; rather, it takes conscious effort on my part to be creative rather than following the same old ways of doing things.

I find that the effort is truly worth it, though.  And it's not because I have a creative something-or-other to show off to other people when I'm done, but because of the sense of accomplishment that the effort produces.  When I make an effort to be creative, I feel more in tune with the world in general, and more like I'm actually using some of the gifts with which I've been blessed.  I feel that I'm doing something in a way that only I can do it, for even though others may do it similarly, no one will do it in exactly the same way.

I can be creative in writing stories and poems.  I can be creative in choosing the colors for painting a room or a house.  I can be creative when I write letters to friends, or when I draw a picture of a tree that I see.  I can be creative when I cook (though that can be dangerous!), and I can be creative when I plan my classes each week.  I can think of creative gifts to give to friends and loved ones, and I can try to find creative ways to encourage those same people.  When I do these things, my spirit is strong because I'm using my gift to do positive things in the world, as only I would do them.

I know many people who were somehow convinced while they were young that they aren't creative, so they put no effort at all into creativity any more.  But they are creative, just in ways they haven't explored because they've given up.  The lack of creativity in their lives, unfortunately, robs them of some of the best feelings they can ever have.  You are creative in your own special ways--explore that creativity for all that it's worth, even if no one ever sees the results but you!

Questions to consider:

In what ways are you most creative?  How often do you explore those ways?

Why are so many people convinced that they're "not creative"?

What kinds of meaning might you discover by exploring your creativity?

For further thought:

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. . . most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity. . . when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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