By Gini Grey
Do you remember coloring trees purple, grass blue and skies green? Or drawing pictures which no one knew what the heck they were, and it didn’t matter? Having imaginary friends, singing from the depths of your belly, splashing in mud puddles and making tree forts? Those are the kinds of activities that make childhood magical.
Somewhere along the years to adulthood, many of us lost our spontaneity and creativity. Filled with facts and figures during school years, we developed strong muscles in the analytical, logical, reasoning side of the brain while our insightful, creative and intuitive side of the brain was overlooked.
Those of you, who continued to express your creativity throughout your life or awakened it in later years, know how miraculous and nourishing it can be. Those who have been living most of your lives in the logical side of the brain know something is missing.
Fortunately, one’s creativity can never be lost as it sits quietly simmering, awaiting our attention. All one needs to do is throw out the rules and forget about the end result. The nourishing part of being creative is being in the process. Sitting down to write whatever wants to come out, randomly choosing a color of paint and letting your hand decide where to spread it on the paper, opening your mouth and allowing sounds to arise from within you, or letting your body move in whatever way soothes or excites it, is what creative expression is all about.
Tell your inner critic who wants to control or judge what you do to take a vacation (or better yet, to go into early retirement). Feel the freedom of expressing yourself in ways that inspire, awaken and renew you. Creative expression is a wonderful way to release pent up energy or emotions, get you unstuck, open up new possibilities and refresh your whole body, mind and soul. Once you’ve given yourself the time to explore your creativity, it will begin to flow into other areas of your life. Your problem solving abilities will be enhanced, you will see new possibilities where you hadn’t before, and you’ll become more spontaneous, and generally feel more playful in life.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, unleash your creativity and let it color your life.