Winter brings a coldness intended to allow things to prepare for spring, for new beginnings. It is the cycle of life. It is also the cycle of creativity: the deep sleep into which creativity sometimes falls, often when we least want it, is an essential part of the process. We need rest, rejuvenation. Our creative ideas must hibernate. I recently read an article online on how, for some perennials, “first year they sleep, the second they crawl and the third they jump ” and it made me think about how it applies to the creative process. There are a lot of ups and downs in the creative process, and when you stick to that, I believe the same thing applies. It may seem at first that nothing is happening (sleep, dormant stage) but slowly things start to germinate and bud. Your creativity, when you come back to it after a long hibernation, may seem to flow, or maybe not move at all (but believe me, it crawls all the same, even if on the surface you do not see it, because you are investing in your creativity (time, patience, compassion, confidence and wonder) the roots beneath the surface are strengthened so that with persistence (even intermittent) your creativity begins to leap. leaps of faith in the process; try to new things, express range of feelings, treatment more deeply into your inner landscape.
Snow provides an insulating cover for perennials. Deep freezing is necessary to protect the roots of fragile plants under the soil. Our creativity also requires protection. It takes a period of rest during which it can germinate and germinate ideas. We nourish it with our intentions. Intentions to see the world around us and what inspires us. Our intentions to express the essence of who we are. Our intentions to give life, to grow and to share our specificity with the world around us. We are creatures by nature. Like the seed which aspires to develop in its potential, our creativity awaits defrosting in order to flower. No part of the process can be ignored to get there. Waiting, like in a deep freeze, is often part of it. If we look closely enough, we can see that where nothing seems to be happening, something is actually happening. When we come to this awareness, the expectation turns into an education, a preparation for what is to come. Plant intentions to cultivate our creativity. Finally, allowing our creativity the strength and persistence of a weed that pierces the crack of a sidewalk. This is my wish for you; so that you notice the frozen seeds of creativity inside and be ready for their transformation from the depths of your being.
Here are some things to support your creativity thaw. Do not hesitate to journal your answer with a free writing: non-stop writing, pen on paper, without lifting and without concern for grammar and spelling. And / or draw, paint or paste your answer via art journaling.
Emotional awareness: What feelings come to you when you notice your creativity in a dormant state?
Intent setting: How can you nurture your creativity?
Know your blocks: What tends to hinder your intentions to connect with your creative self?
Take action: What can you do today to activate your creative intentions?
Now is the time, there is always now. What is your decision? How are you going to spend time on your creativity today? How are you going to stick to your intentions of nurturing your creative being?