creativity


I first saw this last week. Each time I look at it, it’s even more amazing.

Both inspiration & creativity are to be found everywhere.

Birds on the Wires by Jarbas Agnelli

This video offers some great reminders as I start the second week of the new year. I should be having more fun!

With the end of week 4, I have come a third of the way through this process. I feel a real sense of accomplishment that I’ve stayed with the process and committed to it. Now, having said that, I will admit to being a little lax in working through this week’s tasks. As this week was about recovering a sense of integrity, I’m owning up to my slacking. That’s not to say that this week was a bad week. It was actually a good week full of some good things in terms of where I am mentally and creatively. (more…)

This week’s theme: recovering a sense of power. Not so sure if I’ve recovered a sense of “power” or what this “power” is supposed to feel like. I will say that I continued with the Morning Pages. 7 for 7 again. Admittedly, more than a few days were mid-afternoon, or just-before-bed pages, but they did happen. I did slack a bit this week with keeping up with last week’s “little changes”: meditating & getting up earlier. But I still want to do those things, so I’m just letting this week be what it was. I did have some days where all three of those things happened. I choose to focus on those days. (more…)

The theme for this week was recovering a sense of identity. When I first sat down to reflect on the past week, I really thought I was going to say that I hadn’t connected with that theme. This week was busy–work deadlines & some emotional stuff that just made getting the weekly tasks done almost impossible. Since I hadn’t completed most of the tasks, I was sure I’d fallen short on really exploring the theme & wouldn’t have connected with what was going on in my head. But apparently, without realizing it, I did tap into that theme. The theme of recovering a sense of identity really could have been my theme for this week even if I wasn’t doing the Artist’s Way process right now. (more…)

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity has been on my to read list for a while now. I finally picked up a copy a week & a half ago while book browsing with my friend Kim (Sassiland) who was in town & who recommended it as we were trading recommendations on writing books. Rather than read it through from beginning to end in one sitting & make some promise to myself to actually follow through with the 12-week program at a later date, I decided to start then & there. I do think my willingness to do it now of all times has much to do with the last 9 months of my life. The next 12-weeks of this process will take me through the last 3-months of what will forever be known as the hardest year of my life. There’s something about coming to the end of this process & focusing on my own creative process in the months leading up to the one-year anniversary of my mother’s death. I guess it’s a desire to really cement the fact that while this year has been the worst of my life, it has also (oddly) been one of the most interesting (& at at times even good), & much of what has made it interesting/good has been my interest in really figuring out who I am, what I believe, & what makes me happy. And much of that has to do with focusing on the creative process in general, as well as mine in particular. (more…)

Recently I’ve become obsessed with the question of where our creativity comes from & how we develop it. In the process, I stumbled upon these videos from the annual TED conference. Both talk about creativity and really made me think about what’s going on in my head & how I need to look at it.

First, Sir Ken Robinson talks about how our education system kills creativity. This is so true. When he mentions the student who is told not to pursue music but instead something practical, that was me. As a junior in high school, I had planned to go to college to study music, specifically voice. But a teacher who I respected at the time advised me to do something practical. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I’ve spent the last 5 years trying to unlearn his advice & to accept doing something unpractical. Robinson’s ideas need to be accepted & our education system revamped.

The second video is a talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity. Yes, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I haven’t read yet, but might just have to go out & buy now. She talks about where our creative genius comes from, as well as the pressure placed on writers, and artists in general. I’ve already downloaded a copy of this video to my iTunes so I can have it around for those moments when I need a little inspiration.

Enjoy.