Friday, July 30, 2010

Daily Om Article

A good way to start your morning, is to read something positive and inspiring. This is the article I got in my inbox today from Daily Om. This site provides inspirational articles and if you sign up for their newsletter you  too can get daily articles. If you are interested in signing up, click here.

This is an article I can definitely relate to and thought I'd share it with all my fellow bloggers and creative friends. Read, enjoy and don't ever stop creating!!! It's good for your soul :)

Return and Reclaim
Returning to Creative Dreams

Our creativity is an important part of being a well-rounded human being. For many of us, this has been shut down.

As children, many of us entertained fantasies or even goals of being an actor, singer, dancer, artist, or musician. In some cases, we received enough encouragement to develop our abilities in those creative arenas, but somewhere along the way we stopped. This stopping may have been due to circumstances beyond our control or to our own unconscious acts of self-sabotage. Being creative can be scary in a world that seems to value logic over imagination and practicality over dreaming. We can forgive ourselves for shutting down or turning our attention away from our inner artist, but perhaps we can also take steps to reclaim our dreams.

In certain times and places, developing a creative ability was considered an important part of being a well-rounded human being. It was not necessary to be a professional or a masterly genius, because the act of creativity was valued in and of itself. It gifts are manifold—from the sheer pleasure of allowing our imaginations free reign to sharing and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Children share drawings and songs freely, without self-consciousness, and there is no reason why we cannot do the same thing. You may already be remembering some lost form of expression, such as making jewelry or writing songs. Your soul may be responding with an energetic lift as it feels its way back to a time when it was allowed to express itself freely. Your brain, on the other hand, may be throwing up obstacles, like the idea that you are too old or do not have the time.

The truth is, you are not too old, and if you have time to pick up a pen, you have time to make a doodle or write a haiku. Recognize that the obstacles you find before you have arisen from a place of fear and that they will wane in power every time you do something creative. Each creative act takes you deeper into a realm of beauty and magic, a realm that you have every right to return to and reclaim. 


Jacqueline F. Graham said...

Oh....I DO love this article! Thanks for sharing it, as well as the website. It is no wonderful meeting you. I just found your blog today, and having a ball playing catch-up.

Many blessings to you and family!


Katherine Minsky said...

Jacqui, I am glad you liked the article! Come back often and check me out! Nice meeting you too :)