Find Flow: Prepare to Bloom
Sometimes the easiest way to find flow is preparing to bloom. This past month the Grow Your Flow blog has focused on finding self-care routines to nourish our creative souls. Getting ready for new growth works in the simplest ways. First, we care for our physical bodies. We eat nutritious foods. We move our bodies in pleasing ways – like dance or swimming. And, we learn how to deeply relax in places like a yoga mat or a hot salt bath. Next, we care for our feelings. We give ourselves permission to cry, to vent, or to sulk to get over a sticky or harsh situation. Finally, we rejuvenate our minds with exposure to the arts, including childhood crafts, gallery tours, and the like. Then, just as pods are shaken and blown, our creativity goes to seed. We come to a place where we need to honor the stillness that comes pre-project.
Resting in the Soil
Resting in the soil means having the patience to germinate, grow, and bloom where planted. Also, it means putting forth consistent enthusiasm to a creative endeavor. During her recent Oscar award speech for Best Song of the Year for Shallow from A Star is Born, Lady Gaga nailed why it is important to show up passionately to work each day. She said: …All I have to say is this is hard work. I have worked hard for a long time, and it is not about winning but it’s about not giving up….
How do you show up for your creative work? Take out your journal? Set a timer for 15 minutes and write about how you prepare to succeed each day. Do you have a routine you follow? When working on a book, do you have a daily word count you must achieve before you stop writing? If you are an artist, do you require yourself to warm up in a sketchbook? Need a routine? Then, list the names of some people in your field and ask them how they prepare to succeed each day. Give one of them a try!
Here’s to growing your flow,