MIXING IT UP. Deal with it. :)
I'm feeling rebellious and experimental these days, like I want to shake things up with what I create and how. And so, instead of a long, cohesive blog post today, I’m giving you a little taste of ideas to inspire your creativity. Think of it like brunch, but with words instead of eggs benedict and finger sandwiches.
Move what’s in your head to your heart and through your hands:
When I was about 10, my mom handed me an empty hardcover book with lines, and I fell head over heels in love with filling this book. This could be my story, I thought. Secrets, lies, poems, wishes, they all made it into this journal-- my first, but by no means my last. I still have a giant storage bin full of them from my childhood and they are among my most treasured possessions. And I still journal. I do Julia Cameron’s morning pages nearly every day. I also give my clients custom journal prompts to help them go deeper. Joan Didion said “I write to know what I think.” That’s true for me as well. So this is your invitation to let it flow, and here’s a prompt to help you get started:
What do you secretly long for? Describe the last time you experienced it.
When you’re ready, pick up a pen and write three pages, long hand about this. Don’t think, just write. In fact, see if you can keep your pen connected to the page the whole time. This means no stopping to edit or rephrase. You’re escaping your usual way of thinking, writing to capture what’s going on underneath, so details like spelling don’t matter. When you’ve finished filling the pages, take a deep breath, and then read. You may be surprised. Definitely reach out if you want to talk about it!
I pulled a card for you
Creative Block is suddenly blowing up on Amazon and I’m thrilled! Today I pulled a card specifically with you in mind. Think about where you’re feeling blocked and see if this opens anything up for you:
Reclaim the Muse
Creativity and Mindfulness are a little like chocolate and peanut butter: great on their own, but even better together. Would love for you to join Brian and me as we explore the intersection of our respective fields and give you a delicious taste of both. (What’s with the food metaphors, Laurie? I’m hungry ALL the time lately, okay?)
You’ll experience how mindfulness adds a powerful new dimension to your creative output, and the surprising role that creativity brings to mindfulness. No need for an established meditation practice or current creative project (though if you have both or either, they are welcome). Our experiential workshop requires only a curious, open mind, and a willingness to play. Click here to learn more.
It’s a new world, people. I’m glad we’re in it together.
Laurie Shiers is an LA -based writer, coach and experience junky on a quest to find meaning in the mayhem.