WHY CREATIVITY AND HEALTH?
You may be thinking, what’s one got to do with the other?
The truth is, a lot.
We’re all born creative. Once on the path of adult life, we express our creativity in different ways: in the vast platform of the arts, yes, but also in innovative approaches to whatever we do, from intellectual pursuits to business, cooking to parenting, use of technology, use of time and energy, and on and on.
Are you a video game designer? Emergency medical technician? Social media consultant? Teacher? Creativity makes the difference in every profession.
When we’re creatively engaged in whatever we’re doing, we’re happily engaged. Deeply satisfied. 100% in it, whatever it is. In the zone. Busy being ourselves.
And guess what?
This is what work in the 21st century is increasingly gonna be about, according to influential authors like Daniel Pink in his bestseller, Drive.
Pink makes the case that, as outsourcing and technology continue to replace our participation in many work arenas, our right-brain, creative capabilities will become our surest routes to sustainable livelihoods.
OK, SO WHERE’S THE WELLNESS?
There are umpteen adages these days about loving what you do and doing what you love, and for good reason. Living and working in ways that matter to us impact us powerfully.
When this is the case, our energy, our life force, flows, rather than clogging from chronic frustration, hemorrhaging from too many inauthentic yesses, or just flat-lining from freaking boredom.
CREATIVE LIFE, MEET THE CHAKRAS
To illuminate this idea, we’ll spend a little time on our chakras’ responses to the life-affirming dance between creativity and wellness.
If the chakras are new to you, there’s a nice breakdown of the main ones here on mindbodygreen.com. But stay with me ’til I’ve made my creative case. :)
It starts here:
As we express ourselves creatively in the world, our chakras—the fields of life force spinning in several areas around and through our bodies—are helped in their healthy flow.
—Teresa Young, @leftcoastcoach
Let’s start from the top and move toward the “ground” of our body/minds.
7th CHAKRA HEALTH
Through contact with our personal creative fire, we tap into collective creative consciousness and universal awareness.
And no worries if this concept feels foreign to you. We don’t have to be 100% present to this level of awareness to reap its health benefits, as long as we aren’t closed in our thinking.
Stay open to the unknown mysteries and benefits of living your creative life fully. It’s very good for us, and costs zero.
6th CHAKRA HEALTH
If our unique spin on creative expression has a satisfying place in our lives and work, we’re fully “at play” in the game of life.
As we live informed by our creative vision and imagination, our “third eye”, the deep wisdom source within each of us, is active, open, and conducive to vibrant health.
We dare to dream, and our body/minds respond in kind. Inspiration fuels us.
This is good.
5th CHAKRA HEALTH
Creative expression that takes its place in the world, rather than just in the privacy of our imaginations, requires our acts of will, our empowered intentions and committed follow-through.
This satisfying way of living takes speaking our truth in life.
We don’t have to be the best at it, or famous for it, whatever it is. We just have to risk being passionately who we really are.
And not just once a year on summer vacation, but rather as part of the regular, chosen rounds of our days and nights.
4th CHAKRA HEALTH
We can even say that healthy creative expression is love in action. Full engagement at the heart level is a form of giving back to life that also feeds us as we craft our livelihoods around our passions.
If this seems daunting, consider that it may mean living more simply than the lifestyles we often see modeled in 21st century Western culture.
This is great for our hearts and heart chakras, for the powerful engines of our bodies and the energetic fields that fuel them.
3rd CHAKRA HEALTH
Living our unique creative expression takes personal power and ownership. It requires consistent positive energy output, and regular self-renewal.
We can’t fake this, or we end up outa gas, the opposite of empowered self-care and the continuity it ensures in our lives and work.
If we’re living and working in satisfying, healthy, balanced ways, we’re coming from our cores, as they say in yoga class. This is good for us.
2nd CHAKRA HEALTH
As we live our inner creative fire, allowing its expression to inform the design of our outer lives, we experience healthy 2nd chakra energy: a sense of well-being, abundance, and gratitude. Pleasure. Sensuality.
This is gut energy, cojones and ovarios actively engaged. Intuition and attraction fully at play as decision-makers and regulators.
So, yes, living this way definitely affects our love lives. A nagging sense that something is missing in our relationships could be “right on the money”, and that something could be… us! Our creative satisfaction brings fire to whatever relationship dance we’re doing.
1st CHAKRA HEALTH
1st chakra health grounds our body/minds in life.
When we design our lives to support our creative self-expression, including how we live, pay our bills, and nourish ourselves, literally and figuratively, we can truly walk our talk on the planet, in healthy relationship to life itself.
This walk is best lived as its own creative process, rather than as a 4-alarm fire in which we must make changes fast or else, in crisis mode. Try not hurrying, but still noting and following the flow of your energy.
Where does your life force want to invest itself this season? Take those urges and intuitions seriously. Think and feel your way.
SO KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON IN YOUR CREATIVE LIFE
Keep those creative juices flowing, my dears, including on out into the beautiful world.
Don’t hide your light or save it for someday. Express yourself today.
It’s definitely win-win: our unique contribution to life, and very, very good for us. Now share your insights and experiences on this juicy topic with me here.
Certified Professional Mindset and Meaning Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.