We never completely arrive to a state of eternal health and happiness. Life is always changing and shifting, and we can’t control certain challenges that may come our way. The best we can do is to practice returning again and again to a state of health by implementing practices that cultivate these states and experiences. As author and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield says, “after the ecstasy, the laundry.” As we return to our breath again and again in meditation, we return to the practice of creating a balanced life.
Essential to this practice is opening to our own creativity. When we are able to access our creativity we are led forward towards fuller and richer lives, instead of becoming stuck in a rut, or repetitive routines or lifestyles that no longer serve us – that no longer bring us fulfillment or joy.
When we open to our creativity, we are able to begin living on the edge of our own becoming. We become aware of what our souls desire, how we are evolving, and what we need to do next in order to usher this new creative energy into the world.
The first step to accessing our creativity is to be fully present in the moment, and to let go. We have to surrender to the process, and know that we can’t control it. Nothing new can come to us if we don’t surrender. We have to be willing to let go of everything that is already known, and have the courage to sit with the unknown.
Here is a brief meditation to help you begin to open to your creativity.
Find a comfortable place to sit down and close your eyes. Take a deep breath and let your body relax. Try to let go of anything preoccupying your mind, any thoughts, worries, memories, or things you need to get done. Take another deep breath, and as you exhale, just let everything go. As you continue to breath, allow yourself to become more and more comfortable sitting in silence. Notice how you can befriend the unknown, and trust that it will lead you forward. You are now preparing an opening for something new to appear. You may want to ask a question, and let the question sit patiently. At some point, the creative process will kick in, and begin to assemble an answer, a new direction, an idea or solution.
As you sit within this opening, what comes to you? What message do you need to hear? What visions come to mind? What dreams come forth? Just continue to breathe, and welcome whatever arises.
When you’re ready, you can open your eyes. Write down whatever came to you – any messages, visions or dreams.
The clues to our happiness often come seemingly from beyond, in the form of a dream, or during a period of meditation. Our subconscious, or parts of ourselves that we have closed off any awareness of, hold some of our deepest desires. We only need to gain access to these shadowed areas, in order to listen to the voice of our true self.
Another way to access our creativity is to be aware of what thoughts, images, or ideas arise while engaged in right brain activities, such as driving, doing the dishes, or taking a shower. George Lucas said that he has gotten some of his best ideas while driving. When we’re engaged in right brain activities, our imaginations are ignited. George Bernard Shaw once said, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”
© Lisa Nave 2011