“I have come to believe that creativity is our true nature, that blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem.” Julia Cameron
Hello yogis, welcome to April! This month at Yogaleena we will be celebrating creativity, our third of five core company values.
I believe creativity is essential to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. I’m not talking about a nice-to-have or cherry-on-top kind of thing, I really mean it’s a critical ingredient for a life worth living.
Don’t worry, even if your last creative endeavor resulted in yet another #pinterestfail, or the last time you did anything creative was in 3rd grade, you absolutely have the potential to live a creative life.
Everyone is creative, including you. The reason so many of us don’t identify with creativity is just a matter of semantics, so let’s clear this up:
You don’t have to create art (in the conventional sense) to be a creative being.
Sure, Michelangelo, Mozart, and Hemingway were all highly creative individuals. But so are people like Jimmy Fallon, Mark Zuckerberg, and the dude that invented the Segway…and I don’t ever recall seeing them pick up a paint brush or instrument.
Creativity is simply about seeing things in new ways, discerning patterns from a random array of data points, exploring the world with curiosity, and imagining the possibility of things being different.
A simple Google search for the definition of creativity brings up the following:
creativity: noun the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.
Although few professionals claim to be creative, their resumes are covered in words like “innovative”, “problem-solver”, and “insightful” (looking at you, lawyers, engineers, managers.) Guess what, these are all slightly different variations of creativity.
Do you know what the opposite of creative living is? Nope, it’s not un-creative living (smarty pants), it’s fearful living. Fear is what keeps us inside the box. Fear of making something ugly keeps us from crafting, fear of having the wrong answer keeps us from connecting the dots in new ways, and fear of wasting our time, being ridiculed, or failing keeps us from innovating. Ultimately, fear of labeling ourselves as creative and not living up to what we think that means keeps us from even trying.
Much like the blooms in Julia Cameron’s quote above, creativity needs a safe foundation and plenty of nourishment to flourish. Wildly creative living is rooted in a solid sense of self-worth, acceptance, and love. That’s why we are celebrating creativity at Yogaleena after digging into self-love and mindfulness in January and February, setting the stage for a month full of exploration, play, and discovery in April.
We can’t wait to tap into our creative side at the studio and would love for you to join. Check out our upcoming events here and watch the video below for the scoop on the pose of the month. See you on the mat!