Creativity is cultivated. I have to remind myself of this. Sometimes I still forget to ask myself the question: what do I need today? What do I truly need?
Nourishment has to come first. That's my mantra. Today, between coffee and stress - wondering which tasks needed to be checked off the list first...I remembered to stop. To take a deep breath. To ask myself:
What do I need today?
Nourishment comes first. Nourishment cultivates creativity.
Creativity, like a beautiful tree, needs light, water, and nutrients. The creative spirit within us needs just as much attention and care.
What good does stressing do us? Rushing, hustling.
Let's slow down and let go. Let's ask ourselves: what do I need today? What will nourish me today?
And yes, sometimes your brain might reply: "we don't have time to do yoga, or meditate, or read a book, or simply sit in silence for a little while" sometimes our brain will urge us: go go go!
Yet, we can accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if we start from the place of nourishment and creativity. And in order to arrive at that starting point...we need to slow down, draw back, breathe. Be mindful.
Today, this was my process. Today started like this:
This morning's very refreshing yoga practice:
The meditation that followed:
Yes, hour long meditations are peaceful, relaxing, and beyond that transformative. I've benefited greatly from them. But some days I just don't have time to settle down for that long. However, a little goes a long way, and this is incredibly true for meditation.
I sat on my yoga mat for five minutes, closed my eyes, breathed deep, and released the stress and tension I had been holding on to. I shed tears. I allowed my mind and heart to open and reset. It was powerful. It was needed.
Never underestimate what a little TLC in the morning can do for you creatively. This is just a snapshot of a couple of things I try to practice as often as I can. A few ways I start my day right.
Much love guys. <3