When was the last time that your doctor or therapist recommended that you do something creative in order to feel better or heal? Possibly not ever and probably not recently. Yet, the importance of creativity for your health isn’t a new concept.
Google the keywords “creativity for health” and you’ll find a slew of articles such as “A Creative Life is a Healthy Life,” “Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity” and “5 Proven Ways Creativity is Good for Your Health.” So Why Don’t We Make Creativity a Priority?
Creativity Takes Courage
As Elizabeth Gilbert states in her book Big Magic, “creativity is the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.” This sounds lovely, but I don’t think inspiration easily flows with deadlines, full-time jobs, responsibilities and routine. This is why creativity takes courage. It takes courage to create something from nothing and put yourself “out there.” Whether you are sharing your creation with the world or anyone at all, in my experience, the simple act of creating itself is extremely vulnerable.
Creativity Takes Vulnerability
To conspire with inspiration, to create, is inherently a vulnerable endeavor. If you are a “maker,” as Elizabeth Gilbert refers to one who is creative, you are taking a risk and fear is involved. Regardless of if you are a painter, writer, designer, sculptor, cabinet maker, or gardener, inspiration can lead to creation and creation involves vulnerability and fear. I feel it right now as I write this post.
What will people think of this post?
Will anyone even read this post?
My Journey with Inspiration
I’ve reached a place in my life where my dearest love and creative pursuit, writing, is an integral part of my career. I’ve always been a writer and my relationship with inspiration has been a combination of dodging its’ path and begging for its’ blessing.
Now, as I strive to include creativity in my entrepreneurial endeavors, I’ve found the greatest challenge of all. Placing something as fragile as inspiration and creativity on a schedule requires great courage, persistence and faith. But this doesn’t have to be your experience. You don’t need my permission to create and creativity doesn’t need to be a part of your job.
Creativity will infuse you with energy and vitality that no green smoothie, supplement or kale salad can provide.
I encourage you to infuse your life with some form of creativity and engagement with inspiration on a regular basis for your wholeness, your healing and your well-being. All of us will benefit.
I leave you with a few of my favorite words by Elizabeth Gilbert from her book Big Magic
Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.
We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirit.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul,
and I promise- you can make anything.
So please calm down now and get back to work, okay?
The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.