Not all creative practice has the end goal of public consumption. More often than not, the creative soul makes to make because we can’t NOT make. It’s part of our unique design and way of being in the world yet maintaining a sense of true autonomy. Sometimes creative practice can be a form of body and soul care.
I believe we all carry some version of creativity in us. It is expressed so differently and in ways that invite others to do the same. I can’t help to think that if we don’t do the creative thing just to do it, then we lose a bit of our desire for it and become empty. That emptiness can negatively impact us and run us ragged. I found this quote that resonates with me about why we cultivate practices that keep us full and motivated.
Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
Body and soul care are ways we tend ourselves ensuring that we are able to offer our best to those who need us. Maybe that’s been skewed in recent years because of how flat the internet has made the world. We are all more connected than ever before. So much digital connection can have negative consequences on our ability to stay rooted and grounded if we don’t engage in caring for ourselves. That may look different for each of us. For me it means digital media breaks, long walks, Zumba, and whole body fitness, more time with in-real-life people, and making artsy things for the joy of it. I find these things to be life giving.
Taking time and making room for my soul and body to rest in my creative practice is restorative. It allows me another way to process life, feelings, questions, and ideas. Sometimes it’s purposeful, and other times I allow the practice to take me where I don’t know I need to go. It gives me deeper freedom to my whole self and to remind myself of what is important to me. I often find my work preaches gently to me of identity, purpose, and hope. Surely that is good for my body and my soul. Creative practice fills up my well so I can give well and love well.
I encourage you, friends, to take stock of your right now life. Create margin for soul and body care. You are worth it. Tell me your stories. I’d love to hear them.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.