Nature is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. It nourishes my soul at the deepest levels and nurtures my sense of connection with all that is.
In the process, immersion in the natural world boosts my creativity and inspires my writing to flow like the chattering stream endlessly coursing over and around the rocks in its path.
And this isn’t just a quirk of my individual nature.
In 2012, researchers from the University of Kansas discovered an impressive 50% boost in creativity and higher levels of insight and problem solving in people who’d spent extended periods of time in nature.
In fact, the proven benefits of making nature a priority as an integral part of the creative process led me to include it as one of the five core practices of Conscious Writing.
The Healing Power of Nature
I’ve always loved the multi-sensory sights, sounds and smells of the natural world which combine to restore my sense of wholeness and balance and enrich my experience of life in unquantifiable ways.
Yet it wasn’t until I found myself in an extremely fragile state in the weeks and months following a head injury that I truly discovered the immense healing power of nature.
At a time when I was too broken to function normally or think clearly, being out in nature gradually brought me back into internal alignment.
In time, this led me to write, create and eventually teach others about the significance of nature as a source of healing and unlimited creative inspiration.
The Birth of the Creative Cycle
Along the way I realized just how magnificently the natural cycle of life, death and rebirth echoes the creative cycle.
One of the most significant aspects of the model I teach is that the whole creative process begins in stillness, silence and space – internal and external.
When you observe the natural world it seems obvious. Many perennial seeds, for example, won’t germinate unless they’ve been through the harsh conditions of winter.
The same is true with your creative ideas. Your deepest insights arise when you pause (however briefly) for stillness, silence and space because this allows you to access the realms beyond the limitations of your conditioned, thinking mind.
This is the source of unlimited creative potential and the space out of which the first sparks of inspiration truly arise.
Boost Your Creativity
So nature leads by example and provides a wonderful way to inspire and boost your creativity.
Engaging with nature also supports you to feel present, grounded and connected with the flow of life and draws you into a state of alignment with all that is.
Here are two simple ways for you to explore the truth of this for yourself:
- Notice: Pause for a few moments each day to notice what’s happening in the natural world around you. Pay attention to the change of the seasons and write in your journal about what you see, hear and feel as you consciously connect with the cycle of life. Draw on your observations and allow your feelings to flow through you onto the page. See what creative insights spontaneously arise.
- Immerse: Whether you live in the midst of the city or the wilds of the countryside, find a natural space where you can breathe in the vibrancy of nature. Even if you only have access to an urban tree or city park, spend some time there regularly as an integral part of your creative practice. Immerse yourself in the energy of nature and open your heart to feel the sense of wholeness, connection and flow; express yourself authentically from there.
What are your experiences of feeling creatively inspired by nature? Please share your comments below.