Light My Fire - The Importance of Creativity in Igniting the Flame from Within
Creativity is vital to our life force and overall well being. It's easy to get caught up in the mundane tasks of life, such as work and taking care of the home, that we often forget or don't make time for our creativity. But creativity ignites inspiration, ideas, and ah-ha moments. Working on a creative project can be a form of meditation as well because you're focusing on that one task in the moment. You're giving your mind and body a break from the rat race and providing the space for ideas to flow.
Creativity & Right Brain Stimulation
Additionally, when you are creative, you are stimulating a different part of your brain. Many of us function during the day, primarily using our left brains, which governs logic, realism, and practicality. According to a Scientific American article, “the specialized characteristics of the right hemisphere make it the seat of curiosity, synergy, experimentation, metaphoric thinking, playfulness, solution finding, artistry, flexibility, synthesizing and in general, risk taking. In addition, it is likely to be opportunistic, future oriented, welcoming of change, and to function as the center of our visualization capability.”
Right Brain & Career
Maybe you have been feeling like you’re in a career rut lately, because you are unhappy in your current situation and feel uninspired or unmotivated to make a career change. Adding a creative activity may just the boost you have been looking for! Being creative can activate your right brain, allowing you to visualize and explore possible career paths, experiment with different ideas, and give you the courage to finally pursue your dream career.
How Do I Find a Creative Activity I Like?
For some people, creativity comes naturally and plays a large part in their lives. For others, it can be a struggle to find a creative outlet. But we are ALL uniquely creative beings, and we can exercise our creativity in different ways. There are the traditional forms you think of, such as the arts (painting, drawing, pottery, photography, etc.), but there's also cooking, interior design, scrapbooking, sewing, dancing, acting, singing, writing, woodworking, gardening, etc. The possibilities are endless! There are ways to combine several creative outlets in one project too. Maybe you have been wanting to redecorate your office. You could sketch out your vision, paint the walls a different color, take photographs to hang, or even paint one yourself! Whatever you choose to do, the thing that matters most is that you are doing it!
The Sacral Chakra & Creativity
If you are still grappling with finding ways to be creative, your Sacral Chakra may be unbalanced, which is the energy center right below your belly button that governs creativity, pleasure, and emotions. Great ways to stimulate this chakra include:
Diffusing uplifting essential oils such as Orange, Tangerine, Bergamot, Jasmine, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and Rose. (I love the oil blend by Young Living called Joy, which a fantastic oil for your Sacral Chakra. You can find similar oil blends at Whole Foods or Sprouts.)
The Sacral Chakra is most connected with your sense of taste, so eating healthy, orange foods rich in antioxidants such oranges, carrots, apricots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, salmon, etc. is wonderful for balancing this chakra.
Repeating the following affirmations: I Am A Creative Being, I Am Joyful, I Invite Joy and Passion Into My Life, I Am Passionate, Creativity Comes Easily To Me, I Find Joy In Being Creative, I Enjoy Many Creative Activities
Creativity doesn’t have to be a complicated or huge project. It can be as little as rearranging your bookshelf one weekend or doodling on a napkin. The goal is just to stimulate your right brain and get the creative juices flowing, which will help bring you inspiration and get you out of any funk!
Tip: If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, which provides tips and exercises designed to increase your creativity and confidence in your creative abilities.
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