Through reframing your thoughts, mindfulness practices, and allowing space for expansion you can enhance your creativity.
Do you think you are creative, or feel a little bit inept in this area?
We are all innately creative even if we don’t think we are. Yet how do we tap into this and uncover what lies beneath?
I used to think that creativity was a domain for others, and having barely passed art class at school that this wasn’t a possibility for me.
Spending most of my formative career as a film producer bringing other people’s ideas to life, I’ve finally stepped out of the shadow and realized that I have the ability to create as much as anyone else.
Or maybe you already consider yourself to be an inherently creative person, however hit those blocks sometimes when things don’t flow, you may feel challenged in confidence; or even going through a difficult period in your life where your access to great ideas become shut off because the mind is dealing with other issues.
What can we do to bring out those little seeds of an idea into expansive expression?
“Creativity is just connecting things” – Steve Jobs
What is creativity after all?
Even if you consider yourself to be a hardnosed business person, you still have creativity inside you. Creativity doesn’t have to be standing in front of an easel, or writing a fictional novel; it can be innovation, problem solving, building a brand, thinking outside of the box, and finding ways to communicate ideas and values.
From the moment, we are born we are creating without even realizing. However, it’s opening up to the possibility of what you can do, seeing life with fresh eyes, a new perspective, and creating space to actually give something a go.
Get Out Of A Limited Mindset
“But out of limitations comes creativity” – Debbie Allen
We need to get out of limited thinking. The more we tell ourselves that we can’t do something, or that we’re not good at it, the more we hold ourselves back from even attempting something.
Our limited beliefs are moulded over years; for me it came back to primary school where I didn’t win a prize in school and therefore I shut down thinking that I wasn’t good enough.
You might like to ask yourself these questions:
Where are your thoughts not in alignment with what you would like to do?
What do you say to yourself?
Is it really true?
How can you change the dialogue into a more positive statement?
Meditation & Mindfulness
“First, meditation, and then out of meditation comes creativity of its own accord.” - Osho
For me meditation has been the greatest gift to evolving my creativity.
Neuroscientists have correlated that when we meditate, we take ourselves out of the Beta brainwaves that are synonymous with the normal waking state of consciousness where we are programmed into action; to the Alpha brainwave state that increases creative thinking, at the same time as elevating our positive thoughts.
It also expands our pre-frontal cortex which is the part of the brain that can think creatively, laterally and problem solve.
I have found through meditating consistently that I have new and creative thoughts that just seem to flow through me on a daily basis; which is a completely different experience to years ago where I’d leave the imaginative thinking to others.
Meditation and mindfulness also helps us develop a greater trust in ourselves and our ideas, at the same time as lessening our self-judgement that we might project onto our designs.
Creating Space For Free Thinking
“Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” – Eckhart Tolle
Not a lot gets created in the rush of life. If you don’t give yourself space to have downtime, it’s unlikely that you will have much creative flow.
In this 24/7 lifestyle of constant doing we need to be able to stop and just be. This could be wandering around a park, giving yourself over to daydreaming, meditating, or just lying comfortably about staring into nothing. However, we need to do this without the stimulation of our phones, computer, news, magazines or other devices.
Could you give yourself permission to simply be just for a while? Allowing what you might perceive as boredom to cross over into a reset where the mind is able to flow freely?
Giving ourselves time of non-doing actually can be a skill that increases our productivity, develops our problem-solving mindset, and elevates creative thinking.
Then when we return to the active state we are able to be more focused and have greater clarity.
Just Do It
“The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing” Ken Macleod
At some point, you just have to start. When I began writing nearly 5 years ago I set myself a goal to write one piece per month. Was it my best work?… Hell no! However, I have stayed with it, remained consistent, and it’s improved over time. I now feel more comfortable and it has become a little more effortless, even though I still know that it will always be developing and growing.
It’s challenging being out of your comfort zone, often filled with nerves, but over time it does get easier. Remember that the experts of today, had to do it the first time too, and we all have to be beginners at some point with whatever endeavour we are choosing to explore.
Lose The Judgement
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” - Joseph Chilton Pearce
We are our own harshest critics, and this can be one of the biggest barriers to our creativity. It can feel overwhelming putting yourself out there, but I have generally found that most people like to see us succeed. However, if we’re constantly questioning ourselves it makes it difficult to be spontaneous and have creative freedom.
When, we can let go of worrying what other people might think of the results, and silence that inner critic, our ideas flow more easily and the barriers get broken down. Don’t let fear stop you from fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Whether you would like to create a masterpiece, or just bring more creative thinking into your everyday situations, developing ourselves to be more innovative and imaginative is a possibility.
Seeing past our perceptions of what creativity actually is, our limitations of what we think we can, or can’t do, as well as giving yourself the freedom to dream; can open up a whole world where you are able to think fresh ideas, inventive thoughts and cultivate new and imaginative ways of living.
What would you like to create?