Yesterday afternoon I made a conscious choice to take a break and spend a few hours in one of my favourite places – a beautiful woodland area which, at this time of year, is carpeted with bluebells.
I love the sight of sunlight pouring through the trees and lighting up the purple array of these delicate flowers against a backdrop of fresh green leaves emerging from winter branches.
As I walked through this sunlit bluebell wood and paused to immerse myself fully in the sheer magnificence of nature, I stood in open-hearted awe and felt the fullness of life pouring through me.
The enormity of the “wow” was equalled by an unfathomable depth of gratitude for the opportunity to refill my inner well so effectively after the recent intensity of creating and launching my latest project.
An Integral Part of Life
I’ve known about the importance of nurturing my creative soul for many years.
Now, I’ve reached a point (finally!) where I’m able to make the conscious choices required for creative re-fuelling to be an integral part of my life.
Spending time in nature will always be one of my favourite options alongside growing fruit and vegetables, cooking colourful meals, listening to music and dancing, going to concerts and festivals…
Missing the Moment
Yet with a busy schedule and multiple deadlines to meet, it’s all too easy to delay such delightful forays and end up missing the moment altogether.
When that becomes a habit, I can tell you from personal experience that you end up in a state of depletion.
Sooner or later your creative flow will dries up and the negative effects on your health and well-being make themselves known to you in varying degrees of severity.
Creative Living over the Long Term
So today I feel inspired to remind you of the importance of nurturing your creative soul and ensuring that you regularly replenish the energy you’re giving out to the world.
This is a principle that I’ll continue to teach because it’s so often neglected amongst the incessant demands of everyday life.
Yet truly creative living can only be sustained over the long term when you find the balance between giving and receiving at a level that works for you.
Feeling Creatively Alive
It doesn’t matter how you refill your inner well as long as you realize the value of incorporating it into your daily life in one way or another.
Ideally you’ll frequently include a range of small and more substantial ways to boost your feelings of being creatively alive.
It’s certainly a joy to see bluebells in the garden through the office window; yet sometimes that’s just not enough.
Every now and then you need to get out there for a full scale immersion no matter how many items are on your “To Do” list, and feel the surge in your creative soul by giving yourself full permission to do so!
How often do you take time to nurture your creative soul and what are your favourite ways of doing so? Please share your comments or ask a question below. Thank you!