C.R.E.A.T.E.


Connect with your vision and your good vibe tribe 
Refresh your surroundings
Explore a meditative practice
Appreciate details and ask for help
Take walks and risks 
Embrace mystery 

Whenever you're feeling stuck or uninspired, try any or all of the above and watch your inner light glow and feel your creative juices flow! 

For "C," I highly recommend making collages and wandering with your camera. And communing with supportive friends on a regular basis. The collaborative energy and accountability that a group can offer is intrinsic to creativity.

The "R" refers to your home, office, and routine.  In other words, change things up  -- every day, even -- to open up new vistas within and without.

"E" is an invitation to explore the luminous world behind your closed eyes and keep coming back to beginner's mind, or Big Mind, for big, juicy, wonderful ideas and let little (judgmental) mind stay little. If sitting meditation doesn't appeal to you, yoga and tai chi can also help you connect to your Higher Self. And it probably won't take much effort to close your eyes by the time you get to shivasana.

You can activate "A" with a gratitude journal and by being fully present with whatever you're observing or doing at the moment. "There is ecstasy in paying attention," promises Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird. And it's a promise that delivers. And don't forget that asking for help includes calling on your intuition and divine assistance.

For "T," a weekly "soul stroll" in solitude––ideally around two hours––can do wonders for creative flow and optimism. And risks can refer to taking a leap with a project or simply trying something new, whether it's a new dish or a different response to a familiar situation. You can also combine the walk with the risk by ambling through a new neighborhood. The possibilities are endless, and so is your creativity!

The second "E" can help you entertain the possibilities that sing most loudly to you. And let go of the need to control how your projects and life unfold. Martin Luther King, Jr., who knew a thing or two about vision and using one's creativity to serve said, "You don't have to see the whole staircase. You just have to take the first step."

Now go forth and C.R.E.A.T.E.! And have fun every "step" of the way.

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