Developing Your Resilience through a Creative Practice
According to resilience expert Sandy Davis a daily creative practice is one of the three foundations of building resilience. (If you missed the other two, you can read more about centering and exercise here.)
Is this a bit puzzling? Why a creative practice? Isn’t this just for artists, musicians, and the like? That was my first reaction. However, here’s what Sandy says about the benefits of a regular creative practice.
“If your regular aerobic exercise is the ‘heart of the matter,’ then your creative practice may well be the ‘soul of the matter.’….a well-chosen daily creative practice can enliven your spirit in ways that carry over to all other realms of your daily existence …And it will both deepen your experience and enrich how you make meaning of your life.”
Are you wondering what would be a good creative practice for you personally? Below are the criteria that Sandy provides. A creative practice is an activity that:
- Diverts you from your normal work and you find it highly engaging
- Enables you to be actively involved in using and developing your creative self
- Allows you to practice attending to just one thing and being “in flow”
- Provide a way to re-center yourself
- Enables you to increase mastery through repetition of foundational skills
- Includes an intention to produce something (tangible or intangible) new that is highly desirable for you
Is there an activity that comes to mind right away? Perhaps something you used to enjoy doing, but haven’t had time for. This may be an opportunity to explore something completely new. Choose something, make a commitment to practice for 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes every other day. See what happens.
Share your thoughts below. Do you already have a creative practice that you are re-committing to? What do you intend to try?
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