There can be times in life when we get stuck, when old patterns begin to rear their heads. It can creep up on us slowly, without us noticing. We'll be zooming along, working, going to school, or raising a family, and it seems like we're really in the flow when one day we realize we have totally neglected our creativity, or disconnected from the source of our inspiration. It's at this point when it's helpful to recognize that creativity needs several ingredients to grow. When I was in grammar school, we planted a marigold every year in a cup. We'd water them and leave them on the window sill, and nothing would happen, but one day, a bud would burst through the moist soil and almost overnight a flower would emerge. That would be right about the time in May when Mother's Day falls, and we were told to bring the flower home in the little styrofoam (ugh) cup to our Mama.
Well, creativity is just the same way. And the world is our Mama. The earth is our Mama. It's just our job to tend to that little seed.
Here are the top five ingredients you need to help get that creative seed germinating so you can write that screenplay, that solo show, play that album, or cook that masterpiece meal:
1. Soil. You need a container, a solid ground to sprout from. A foundation. Make sure that today, you eat well, sleep well, and stay rooted.
2. Water. Water is the wet, moist carrier of new information. Bring in new information, new ideas, new juicy things into your life to keep things flowing upward.
3. Sunshine. Being in nature is a great way to connect with something greater than yourself to recharge your batteries and give you the oomph to expand.
4. Love. Be kind to yourself. Love and adore you are right now, with no need to change anything, and you will find that what flows from that place is infinitely more interesting.
5. Time. Be patient. Give it all time to do its thing and you'll see your bud in no time.
Now go out and grow!
"Man (or woman) can live abou forty days without food, about three days without water, about three minutes without air. But only for one second without hope." -Anon