Creation is Natural: Don’t Suck At It!
It has been said that, “Every thought is a prayer and every word a spell.” This is to say that we’re all creating, because life, in, and of, itself, is a process of creation and recreation. The question isn’t whether we’re creating or not, but whether we’re good at it. In this regard, creation is…
Bipolar Disorder: Mental Illness or Creative Superpower?
Since resceiving my diagnosis in 2004, It has always been fascinating to me that many eastern cultures view mental illness differently than medical professionals in the western hemisphere. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia aren’t viewed so much as psychotic breaks as they are spiritual awakenings. In Shamanism, those who struggle with these mental illnesses aren’t considered…
Emotional Alchemy: 3 Simple Techniques to Convert Toxic Emotions, Pain, and Trauma into Creative Offerings
In 2 previous posts (HERE and HERE), I shared quotes that testify to what has been true for me, personally. Our mess can be our message, and the pain we can’t get rid of can become our creative offerings to others. In this post, I want to talk about 3 techniques that have helped me…
QOTD #5: What to Do With The Pain That Lingers
For today’s quote of the day, we draw inspiration from Susan Cain. The best selling author of the book, “Bitter-sweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make us Whole.” I recommend this book to anyone who has a hard time (like me) with some residual pain that lingers; showing up in the way we live and interact…
BOTW #1: The Power of When by Michael Breus, PhD (The Sleep Doctor)
This weeks Read This: Book of the Week is, The Power of When by Michael Breus (The Sleep Doctor). In my first Creativity on Demand (COD) post earlier this week, I talk about how this book has helped revolutionize my creative process. Since reading The Power of When, I’ve been able to make tweeks to…
QOTD #4: When Genius and Madness Touch
For today’s quote of the day, we draw some stoic inspiration from Aristotle. Outside the purview of the wide body of stoic philosophy Aristotle helped inspire, is this more “artistic” and abstract gem attributed to him. “There is no great genius without a touch of madness.” -Aristotle In one of his most impressionable quotes, Aristotle…
QOTD #2: Imagination – Curious Kid or False Prophet?
Today’s QOTD is from the ancient stoic philosopher, Seneca. One of his famous quotes is about the link between our imagination and suffering. Seneca famously said, “We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”
QOTD #1: When Things Get Messy… Try This!
When I sit down at the blank page, some times it’s intimidating. Then, there are other times, it’s nothing short of triage because I need a safe place to bleed, and these blank pages become my “paper” towels and wound dressings. On those days, and there have been MANY of them, my mess truly is…
Creativity on Demand (Part 1): Not What, Not How, But When!
Nothing stiffles creative flow more than getting tangled up in the weeds of magical notions about HOW we think creativity is supposed to happen. When we do, we’re operating more like Key & Peele in their hilarious “Lightning in a bottle” skit than the consistent creatives we long to be. For years, I’ve stuggled to…