Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, "I'd like my crayons back, please".
The real you is still a little child who never grew up. Sometimes that little child comes out to play, when you are having fun; when you feel happy; when you are painting; or writing poetry; or playing the piano, or expressing yourself in some way. These are the happiest moments of your life - when the real you comes out, when you don't care about the past and you don't worry about the future. You are childlike.
If you are like me, you might have wondered how to be endlessly creative and find inspiration when none is to be found, how to rediscover the child inside of yourself with some of these ideas.
Reconnect with Amazement and Wonder
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates
One of the major lessons in creativity that you can learn from a child is being repeatedly amazed at the beauty and joy of life. Children are endlessly curious. However, as they grow up, they lose some of that child-like wonder and begin acting more like an adult.
Amazement and wonder transform into habitual motion through life. I challenge you to do a small exercise right now. For a few minutes, look at your surroundings and at life through the lens of a child.
Bring back some of that wonder and amazement and the wide-eyed surprise and joy of navigating through life.
Allow yourself to experience great lengths of curiosity. Ask yourself and others, questions that you would otherwise not ask as an adult. Allow yourself the joy of looking at the ever-changing landscape of life through a filter of wonder. Be unabashedly curious.
Believe that the impossible is possible
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, In the expert’s mind there are few.” ~ Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki
Why is it that when you grow up and become an adult, your possibilities narrow down to almost nothing? There was a time when you were a child and believed that anything was possible. You believed that you could be anything, create anything, sing anything and make anything. Then life happened to you and people kept saying what you should do and what you should not do.
Slowly but surely you became inhibited and stopped dancing in front of others. You began believing that your song should not be shared with the world and that it is not safe to be you.
So you pretended.
When you were a child, you pretended to be whatever you wanted to be. As you grew up, you pretended to be what others wanted you to be. The sparkle in the eyes slowly faded away to transform into worry and fear.
I challenge you to believe that the dream of yours that you have been imagining is certainly possible. Grasp the notion that you may have lived a life to please others so far, but you can still sing your own song.
You can choose to step into the field of possibility and embrace true creative abundance.
Reconnect with your inner playful child and begin to believe that the impossible is possible. When you approach creativity from the standpoint of endless possibility, you have a better chance to crack the creative lull.
Work is play
We have all seen children play together. They have the incredible ability to make daily life look like play and infuse it with laughter and joy.
Do you remember how playful you were as a child? As you grew into an adult, you trained yourself to be serious and control your natural inclination for joy and laughter.
You might have trained yourself to be very serious at work but if you lighten up and be relaxed, it is a lot more pleasurable. Children have the ability to get together in groups and infuse the area with lightness and play. Have you seen children sit perfectly still at a bench and work for extended periods of time? Left to their devices, children move around and express their magic in motion and in art.
Creating a light hearted and joyful working environment will certainly make the experience of work more enjoyable and I am willing to take a guess that your productivity may also go up. One of the major considerations in creating Teapot Teas was about bringing in some lightness and jest to a once very ‘proper’ experience enjoyed with a stiff upper lip by the upper class.
So my first task was to give playful names that really described how you would feel after having a sip. With names like: Are You Listening To Me? Our focus and concentration formula, Lemon Tart With A Heart our heart warming digestive tisane, Kiss Me On My Tulips the sexual energiser for women or You’re So Dreamy or sleepy time tea.
Make some time to set up your working area to inspire your creativity.
Being present: the state of flow
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Children just seem to be highly present in the moment. Children can effortlessly move with the grace of a ballerina and paint with the grace of a tiny Picasso. As a child, you were in a state of flow quite effortlessly. You did not have to struggle or make a massive attempt at it. You just were.
If you allow yourself to move through life with more ease and drop off some of the resistance, you begin to experience flow. Focus your attention and engage deeply with a project to experience the state of effortless being.
Sharpen your skills of observation by being present to the current moment. Live in the now and observe for solutions that you might otherwise miss.
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About Andrew Yeo, Teapot Teas
Andrew Yeo, is the Owner and Master Tea Blender of Teapot Teas. Andrew’s fascination and love of tea began at the age of two years, when he was taken to the prestigious Raffles Hotel Singapore. All his life, he has been captivated by the elegance, ritual and the joy which tea brings to the lives of many. Teapot Teas combines his two great passions, teas and health.
His love for natural therapies began when he managed the prestigious Amrita Spa with The Raffles International Hotels & Resorts and In 2008, he opened and ran a successful day spa, Terrace Spa Retreat focussed on complementary medicine and health. Andrew’s keen interest in the art of healing the saw him training to be a Herbalist, Massage, Aroma and Beauty Therapist and later develop his own energetic healing modality: Holographic Core Healing.
Andrew’s philosophy is that when it comes to health and wellbeing, the simplest things in life are not only the most enjoyable and easy to pursue, but they are also the ones that achieve the best results. How we nourish ourselves on the inside, will affect how we are on the outside. His vision is to inspire self acceptance & authentic transformation. Andrew endeavours to bring like minded people together to create communities that fosters acceptance, nurtures healing and celebrates individuality.
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