Making art is my “go to” for finding inner peace, it’s my medicine. When I am painting, or actually creating anything, I am completely in the moment and everything else in the world disappears. This is what I continue to crave as I move through on-going days of isolation.
Creativity is a state of being that we can apply virtually all day long to transcend our usual way of looking at our inner and outer worlds. It can also be described as a muscle: the more we use it, the more naturally and easily it works on its own. To strengthen this ability, we must use our will and desire to bring our creative attention into focus as often as we can. Creativity is not just painting or writing or making something tangible that we see, hear or touch. Creativity is stepping outside of the way we normally think or act, and this allows us to look at many situations from different angles. It’s a state of being that we can apply virtually all day long to transcend our usual way of looking at our inner and outer worlds. It can also be described as a muscle: the more we use it, the more naturally and easily it works on its own. To strengthen this ability, we must use our will and desire to bring our creative attention into focus as often as we can.
I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember. According to my parents, I talked a lot and the only way to shut me up was to give me some crayons and paper. When I tired of that I would go outside and lose myself in nature. I’d sit up in the top of a tall tree for hours, tuning into the birds, insects, clouds and whatever else happened to come my way. Episodes of clairvoyance were sprinkled into both my days and my dreamtime probably because I became used to escaping by turning inward. It’s the “losing myself” that can be so healing when I am going through difficult times. There was a lot of volatility in my household while I was growing up and being a sensitive child, I found it necessary to escape. My art was my escape. I took my coloring book and crayolas everywhere. My coloring soothed me. It still does.
During these times of isolation during Covid I find myself turning to my creativity often. Sometimes that takes the form of wandering into my painting studio but other times I jump into the creative process of planning my next online course, or creating a new recipe or rearranging a room in the house, anything to take my mind off of any depression or sadness around being constricted for so long.
It’s been especially healing to have a community of other creatives in my online course. I wake up and can see on our private Facebook page what creations by others have been posted overnight. Such fun!
I’m in the process of republishing my book on creativity (99 Keys to a Creative Life) as an e-book. It will be listed on Amazon very soon. If it can be of any help to you that will make me happy! In the meantime, keep creating, whatever that is for you and stay well.