Sometimes in my creativity coaching practice, my mind flashes to an image of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. It is a pyramid that states what the basic necessities are for people to become self-actualized, i. e., to become our fully-expressed selves. Remembering to care for the foundation of one's pyramid, the first three levels, is pivotal to having the space needed for creativity. I believe that creativity can work inside every stage, but it's hard to
feel excited about cooking a creative meal when you're too tired to
I like to remind myself every day that I need to care for my basic needs so that I can feel free to create from a place of security and not from the place of fear that my needs won't be met. The base biological and physiological needs are: air (breathing!), water, food, shelter, sleep, sex, and warmth. The next level is safety: needs like protection, order, limits, money, and stability. After safety comes the need for belonging and love: affection, partnership, family, community, working with people.
The needs for esteem, meaning, beauty, self-fulfillment, and helping others toward self-fulfillment (transcendence) build upon all those. Covering these needs at each level is really an act of self-love. If you were to design your own personal hierarchy of needs, what would it include?
"Self love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting."