Whether you are a painter, writer, musician, have a job in an artistic field, or simply like to keep your creative mind and spirit engaged, you know creativity is an ongoing practice. It’s not a one time lesson to learn or a task to complete, but a way of thinking and being that we get to revisit any time we please.
I come back to thesethree simple practices nearlyevery day, and they never fail eto help ground me in thepresent moment andkickstart my creativity.
1) Fill a blank page
If you feel like writing, grab a journal, if you don’t have words today,open your sketchbook or pull a sheet out of the printer. Set your timerfor five minutes and spend that time writing, drawing, coloring, or doingwhatever you can to fill the entire page - whether with words, shapes,colors, or a combination of all the above. If you feel paralyzed or areputting pressure on yourself to make something perfect, make a plan putting pbeforehand to throw it away as soon as you’re finished. This is ALLabout the process of expression, not the final product.
Scavenger Hunt Walk
This is perhaps my favorite. No needto drive to a beautiful park or speciallocation - just step out your front doorand start walking. Bring your phone or acamera with you and search for beautifuldetails in plants, buildings, the sky, theground under your feet, and in all theunlikely places as you walk. Turn it intoa game of “I Spy” by making a checklistahead of time of things to find(for example: something red, somethingwith an interesting texture, an interesting with an intefront door, etc.)
Scan the Senses
Either sitting still, lying down, or even on a walk, scan through your five senses.For five breaths each, focus on one sense at a time. What do you see?What do you hear? What do you smell? What doWhat can you feel? What do you taste?This always helps me feel more grounded while also opening up my awareness to the beauty around me in the present moment.