Making Time For Creativity

 

 

Time is the most precious resource we have.  Our values are reflected in how we choose to spend it.  Our lives can become so busy and filled with day to day tasks that we can squeeze out important aspects.  One area which can be easily neglected is our creativity. Creativity is a vital part of our life and our internal world is all the richer for it.

 

So what does creativity mean to you?  Do you have any hobbies which you have always wanted to try but just never got round to taking up or maybe started but gave up due to time pressures?

 

Are you interested in:

 

  • photography
  • music
  • film
  • writing
  • dancing
  • painting
  • sculpture
  • gardening
  • baking

 

Spending time appreciating and/or creating something artistic can feel very precious and fulfilling. The process of creating is good for our minds and our souls.

 

In the early 1900s, Carl Gustav Jung developed a therapeutic method which was directly related to this. He called it active imagination. This is where you sit silently with an artistic medium of your choice for a few minutes and clear your mind of everything which is currently concerning you. Then without thinking about what you are doing you use the medium to create something. The results can be fascinating and enlightening as our imagination naturally works to heal what may be concerning us.

 

If this sounds too abstract and challenging then why not start with a clear focus, such as what your ideal holiday could be and see what your unconscious brings forth. Find some playdough or crayons and give it a go…

 

Alternatively, you could enlist in that photography course you have always wanted to or work your way through a self-help book which encourages creativity such as The Artist’s Way.