“Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared.” Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Today’s Mindfulness Practice: Without judgement, write a list of your strengths and gifts. In this exercise, without judgement means without self criticism. If you can’t think of any strengths or gifts, then ask someone you trust to help you come up with a list.
After you have come up with a list of 10 or more items, take 5-15 to practice believing those strengths or gifts are a part of you by making positive affirmations. For instance, if you wrote “people like me”, say to yourself: I am a good friend. Or maybe you have included baking as one of your strengths, then you could say to yourself: I am a good baker.
Once you have mindfully practiced thinking the positive affirmation on your list, then you will circle anything that is a creative endeavor. Art is only one aspect of creativity. Creativity includes a much wider range of activities than most people believe, it is the act of manifesting. Creativity is expansive.
Creativity can include, but is not limited to: writing (poetry, journaling, books, letters) drawing (doodling too), painting (as intricate as a masterpiece or as simple as a wall), singing (in the shower, while cleaning, anytime really), crafting (sewing, piddling, knitting, scrapbooking, model cars…), cooking (making food is one of my favorites), gardening (okay, the sun and rain help with this one, but it’s still creative), imagining (the possiblities are endless), dancing (two-step anyone?), decorating (your home, your office, your life), fashion (even picking out an outfit counts), and the list goes on and on and on and on and on.
For additional practice that strengthens your belief in your creative ablities, practice the affirmations each time you engage in one of the activities that you have circled.
Post contributed by Mary How. Mary is the owner of Angelfish Creations, LLC and editor of the Flying Fish Blog.