I was chatting with an educator in the primary school, about fear and being self aware that the fears are preventing us from moving forward in life, and this came to our thoughts – what could be an effective way to “move” us and take the first step forward?
Taking the First Step Forward through Creativity
The first step is always the toughest. The thoughts and our conscious thinking, nagging on the negative emotions and beliefs, seems to be running in a loop and unable to break out. As what Professor Gemma Calvert from the Nanyang Business School of Singapore said “Relying on just willpower, which is the conscious brain, doesn’t work because the deepest changes in behavior take place in your subconscious.”. Creativity comes through our subconscious, when we are relaxed. It makes more sense to use our creativity to make deep and lasting impact to changes we want for our life.
I had personally experienced using music together with repetitive affirmations during a relaxed mindful walk to drive the motivation and actions towards a goal in life. It has a profound impact – whenever that piece of music is being played, my mind gets into an “automated” positive thinking mode in acting out the words in the affirmations.
And this month happens to be filled with creative living! 🙂
I attended my first event ever on using poems and the power of words to activate our creative minds. It was facilitated by Regina Sayer from TheSongoftheSelf.com. Before this, I had never paid much attention to poems, and had a mindset that if we “don’t get it” what the poet was expressing, we couldn’t enjoy the poem. But through this event, I’ve experienced that we all have our own experience, thoughts and perspective to what’s being said in a poem, there is never just one story or impression through the poem. True to the experience, all of us listened to the poem being recited and then share our own thoughts, respecting each and everyone’s different perspective through the process.
I experienced a complete open sharing of thoughts and emotions and respect for each other’s unique perspective. I have certainly walked home from this experience with new insights and mindset shift. I am grateful!
This is one creative way to utilize our intuitive or subconscious side to be opened to new possibilities – new insights through spontaneous sharing and inner awareness and take the next step forward, no matter how small the action or step could be.
Here are some of the poems shared:
“Lying In a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” – by James Arlington Wright
Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,
Asleep on the black trunk,
Blowing like a leaf in green shadow.
Down the ravine behind the empty house,
The cowbells follow one another
Into the distances of the afternoon.
To my right,
In a field of sunlight between two pines,
The droppings of last year’s horses
Blaze up into golden stones,
I lean back, as the evening darkens and comes on.
A chicken hawk floats over, looking for home.
I have wasted my life.
“A Minor Bird” – by Robert Frost
I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;
Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.
The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.
And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.
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