Linda Dessau : 10 Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist
10 Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist
By Linda Dessau
1. Connect with your DREAM
Indulge yourself in a vision of the bigger picture and get out of the mire of self-doubt, details and challenges of today. What's the purpose of it all? What are you working towards? What is your unique mission to carry out?
Daily Practice: Spend a few quiet moments reflecting on your BIG CREATIVE DREAM. Then, capture your thoughts through words, images and/or music and look back on these every day as a way to reconnect.
2. Connect with your "INNER ARTIST"
That part of you that's naturally exuberant, joyful, free in its pure expression of creative thought; undamaged, unhindered, unencumbered.
Daily Practice: Approach your art as child's play. Start your creative work time by playing your instrument "wrong", switching hands or in two different keys at the same time. Write a song using only words that start with the letter "d". Make mistakes. Laugh.
3. Connect with your MUSE
Nurture your relationship with this special inner voice. Listen for its wisdom and carry out its wishes.
Daily Practice: Your muse is unique to you, and so are the ways you can best tune in to it. Experiment with other forms of art that inspire you, nature walks, meditation, cooking and people who glow.
4. Connect with your BODY
When unhealthy habits sap your body of its vitality and strength your creativity and productivity will be sapped as well.
Daily Practice: One of the best practices for a healthy body, mind and spirit is to get enough sleep and rest. Tonight, end your evening activities a half hour early and spend that time winding down. Release the worries of the day by writing or speaking about them. Calm yourself with a bath, tea, massage, music or a good read that doesn't remind you of your work.
5. Connect with SPIRIT
Redefining your vision of a Higher Power to one that supports your creative life can unleash a powerful source for your creativity.
Daily Practice: Write a letter, humbly thanking your Higher Power for your creative gifts and describing all of the ways you're making use of them. Include things you wish are true that aren't quite there yet, and read this letter daily as a way of expressing gratitude for another day lived as a creative artist.