As I sit here in Kogan Plaza, in DC’s 95°F August weather, on a Sunday afternoon, enjoying the quiet, the water fountain, I just allow myself to think and write this. A stream of conscious, but “they” say doing so is the best way to channel and find your creative mind. Just think, just write, no distractions and no editing.
As a blogger, a student, and a young enterprising woman, having a creative mind is essential. Ideas need to flow and come frequently. I keep a Google Doc of post and recipe ideas, but sometimes I like to just skip all that and find my creative ideas like this, by writing. It’s comforting. Pen and paper, no technology or speaking. Just me and my thoughts, translated into script. This is when I can really drift deep and truly find my creativity on a deeper level. It’s hard to start sometimes, but once I get going it becomes harder to stop. To me cooking and yoga are creative outlets, but they are physical and work on a different level. Writing is a more perceptual form, but one that works just as well, if not more. It also becomes a therapy (just like cooking and yoga), but has a different calming effect.
It takes the loneliness out by flooding the mind with creativity; a creative release of emotion, feeling, and thought. For some reason, I don’t do this often enough, but when I do, I feel so good afterward, so cleansed, free, new. Sometimes we forget to just sit down with no distractions, grab a piece of paper (I’m writing this on the back of one of many GW campus maps I have with me), and just let ourselves release our thoughts quietly on paper. Making them real, making them come alive to spark something new, creative, fresh. Something that can morph into a blog post, a letter, a poem, a song, a recipe, a new invention, and best of all, a creative therapy. A therapy for the soul. To calm down, to take in, and then shoot out all it has been holding onto. You might be surprised by what comes out.
How do you find your creative mind? I challenge you to find a quiet spot, grab a pen and scrap of paper (the “scrappier” the better), and just start writing. Don’t know how to start? Describe the setting you’re in, your current state of mind, or simply the first word that comes to you. Then write it down and let your hand keep moving, translating your thoughts into script and just see where you end up.
How do you feel? I feel good and ready to tackle something big.
When do you stop? Whenever you feel is right. I’m stopping because I have to pee. A 24oz Iced Green Tea from Starbucks and a 25oz water bottle…nature calls 😉
So tell me:
+ How do you find your creative mind?
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