Do you ever feel inspired to do something creative? Perhaps you feel the urge to create something, dance, sing, or melt into an art project. Creative expressions can be extremely joyful – they can relax our bodies, soothe our minds and help us feel more connected to our spirits, as well as to the Divine.
To be “inspired” is to be in-Spirited!
Inspirations can not only move us to do creative things, they can produce amazing results. Artists, authors and athletes often talk about being in the “zone” or “flow” when their activity becomes nearly effortless and they do their best work. Regardless of how or why this happens, it feels so good it truly feels like Divine inspiration! Sometimes, after merging with this “zone” we try to figure out how it happened, so we can re-create it at will.
Other times, however, we approach a “creative project” with an agenda, time limit, self doubt and perhaps a load of other baggage (like an obsession to re-create that “zone”). In these cases, the creative endeavor feels task oriented, empty or even frustrating. Likely, the results aren’t so desirable either.
Some of us may have turned our artistry into our profession. The pressure of making money from our creative work can instantly squeeze the joy right out of it. Yet, when it works – when time, space, and creative inspiration all come together with great results – the monetary rewards an added bonus since we are getting paid to do that which we love.
Whether you enjoy creative moments for your hobbies, or have relied on your creativity for your profession, here are ten suggestions for working with your creative impulses, rather than against them:
Imagine yourself as an instrument of God, playing God’s music, then open your heart to allow Divine inspiration to flow through you. With this kind of approach to creative projects – or even Life – you will discover this IS the flow, and soon whatever you do will become more effortless and joyful!