If I could paraphrase my ardent message it would be that self-awareness is the recourse to live creatively and less reactively.
It wasn’t until I started
It can be writing,
This year I ecstatically contributed my creative hairstyling to Austin’s annual Art Bra Fundraiser.
This is an annual fundraiser benefitting the Breast Cancer Resource Center. The survivors model from once feeling aesthetically victim to cancer to courageous beauty. I ponder sometimes on how the cancer journey would differ for so many if they could eschew the stigma from the deathly appearance. For some survivors, aesthetics is the last of their concerns while for others feeling healthy means looking healthy. There is a wonderful program called Look Good Feel Better www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org that strives to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer.
Sometimes celebrity models fit every description of what beauty is supposed to look like meanwhile have low
Here is a link to another creative soul that is guiding her light from patient to advocacy.
Make sure to see her video blog on “Getting Your Head Wrapped Around Cancer”. She is too
Sometimes our reactive nature is the only way we respond because it’s the only way we know. Sometimes there is a blind spot that we don’t know is blocking us. That’s where insightful friends, family, therapists, and life coaches are vital to our growth.
I wish I could say that every morning we can wake up creative but every day is a new day with a different stimulus that can ignite our creativity or more like incinerate it. It could be environmental, cellular or fear. Often times writers pen with ease when it’s an emotional time and nothing is holding us back from needing to release our sentiments on paper. Writer’s block typically happens when we are so restrained by proper grammar, spelling, and judgments.
My creative block happened for me in the confines of a cubicle. Every day it was becoming more challenging as my creative potential was accumulating. I saw a sticker once that said: “How do you want me to think outside of the box when you have me in one”. The only restriction now that is challenging is time. At some point, you come to the realization that we are all limited in how much we can learn, how much we can help, and how much we can create. That realization allows us to practice self-compassion in order not to block ourselves with the fear of running out of time. Dr. Kristen Neff explains this concisely :
♥ treating ourselves with compassion that imperfection in us is inevitable and can be appreciated rather than flagellated by our self-abuse
♥ understanding that we are not isolated in our own suffering in that it is a commonality shared in all human suffering
♥ practicing mindful awareness to help us slow our reaction time by simply noticing; not judging ourselves, not over analyzing the situation but simply noticing
It has been a child lived desire stagnated by adolescence and truncated by adulthood to live creatively. I recently found my tribe through Creative Mornings. Creative Mornings is a global community of TED-like minds but for creatives. It starts in the mornings perhaps because that is when we are most creative. As our day goes forward we are stimulated and overstimulated by our reactivity and not creativity, some days to the point of exhaustion. We sleep then we rise and if we use our creativity then we are resilient.
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