Unblocking creativity

Kathy Krugerbalance, contentment, find your flow26 Comments

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Even if you haven’t tried it you probably know that colouring in (for adults) is the latest craze in finding calm and creativity – I’m also here to tell you it unblocks writers block. Well I’m here to write that, so that’s something.

Yep, if your creative drain is blocked and the words won’t flow, let the colours.

Regular readers may have found me MIA on the blog in the last couple of weeks (thanks if you’ve noticed).

I reckon our propensity to feel calm, be creative and connect are all related. When you feel like you’ve lost your ability to create you start to feel less than calm, and feeling a little agitated, you don’t feel much like connecting either. When you don’t feel connected you lose a spark of creativity and you don’t feel too calm.  You get the picture.

So you go back into your shell (or SELF) to retreat, to reconnect with SELF (nice to see you), find the peace of SOURCE and it’s there you can rediscover creativity again – because it doesn’t come from you as much as flow through you.

On Saturday morning, after I’d offered to help a friend who’d moved with her unpacking but she was OK, I took myself off to the local Botanic Gardens instead, armed with a pen, my journal, a notebook, my Aurosoma (colour therapy) book and immersed in nature.

This is what I saw.

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My journal – and my Aurosoma colour – GOLD – the colour of wisdom

  1. Get back to nature – it will always inspire you. Nature is creation (even when it destroys it regenerates again).
  2. Give yourself time away AND a deadline – whether you feel like you’re sneaking off or whether you make yourself a regular ‘creativity’ appointment, get away and treat it like creativity boot camp. Go hard, go home.
  3. Get up early – preferably at or before dawn. As the world wakes up it seems to magically arouse your creativity too.
  4. Pick a colour – let it be your muse (maybe you want to be inspired by the chakra colours)
  5. Pick a song – let it sing to you
  6. Read a random page – let it speak to you
  7. Colour in (see below)
  8. Have patience – we can’t seize our creativity we must surrender to it. If we try to dam the river of creativity we can end up stuck in a stagnant pond. So just enjoy the creative ride.
  9. Remember – the last time you felt creative or other past creative endeavours. When you feel stuck it can be helpful to remember you once used to be quite good with mosaics (or whatever). Especially if you’ve forgotten you were ever that patient (or ever that sort of good).
    Not bad hey!

    Not bad hey!

  10. Love – love is the energy of creativity. Practice loving and you’ll add to the energy of creation. Every other emotion is simply recycled energy (up-cycled is good, down-cycled not so much). But love manifests brand new good stuff. Like this, my first attempt (I’m not saying good) at creating, via a photoshop file of layered shapes because I can’t really draw freehand, a yin yang colouring in page. You can download the PDF if you feel like it. It was made with love.
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Yin Yang colouring in PDF

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (nice to be back). Have you caught the colouring-in craze? What do you do to unblock your creativity? And joining in the Weekend Rewind with Sonia, Bron and Kelly.

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26 Comments on “Unblocking creativity”

  1. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)

    I haven’t been tempted by the colouring craze only because I know I’d enjoy it and end up losing time to it! Walking is a creative blocker for me. Stepping out into the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun and taking notice of the little things is like a detox for my mind.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Walking is great and always works for me too Jodi – but sometimes I just need to find that inspiring space away from distractions and just write – hard to write whilst walking!

  2. Min (@riteofthemiddle)

    I often need to retreat, go back into my shell, reconnect with nature, get away from the ‘screen’ and social media. It restores me and feeds my creativity! I am actually very interested in getting myself all that I need to do some adult colouring. I used to love colouring as a kid and I think it would help me relax and I’d enjoy it! I have a guest post on this subject coming up on Friday. :-) x

    1. Kathy Kruger

      It is definitely the craze, adult colouring. I’ve just used the kids pencils and textures, so I’m not exactly creating artwork, but that’s not the point.

  3. Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)

    At the end of term, our school guidance counsellor put colouring sheets all around the staff room tables. I had a go and it was relaxing but my hands are too cramped from cleaning at the moment. You are perfectly correct in saying nature is inspiring. Nothing creates more peace to flood through my body than a slow walk around the river :)

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Hope you are on top of the cleaning and can enjoy some walks in the school hols. And it is so different walking in a relaxed way somewhere in nature than pounding the pavement for exercise. Enjoy.

  4. Deborah

    Great post Kathy. I need to get back into some meditation but more importantly I need to get outside more. There’s nothing stopping me walking on the beach and feeling really grounded with nature etc, but I just don’t do it. That needs to change!

  5. always josefa (@always_josefa)

    Welcome back xx I have a colouring book sitting on my shelf which has been there for AGES yet to open a page and get started. Not sure why I am hesitant. But now that you have told me it unblocks writers block – well I might just open up that page!

  6. Toni (Finding Myself Young)

    I don’t have an adult colouring in book {even though I want one} but I did spend time yesterday colouring in with my 2yr old and it was so much fun. Its so good to just sit there and focus on colouring in the lines and not think about anything else. #teamIBOT

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I think we need to get back to those simple things – with my kids being 5 & 12 I’ve been out of the colouring in phase so it is nice to get back into it.

  7. EssentiallyJess

    I’m not a colourer, and it would frustrate me. My creativity is stifled when I have a lot on, so I just get stuck into to doing things so I’m free to create again. Colouring would just be another thing to distract me.

  8. Vanessa

    I haven’t gotten into the colouring in but I took some time out on the weekend to scribble in any way while digging my feet into the sand. It was wonderful after a few weeks of flu and infections in my house.

  9. mummywifeme

    I’m still colouring in Barbie and Dora at the moment, and you know what, I even find that relaxing. I can’t wait to get my own colouring book. I might get one for my upcoming holiday to help me chill out!

  10. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

    I haven’t yet got into the colouring in, I like the idea of it but the past few months have been a bit hectic. I think I’ll give it a go over the summer. Your photo’s are gorgeous and yes getting into nature helps me with creativity too.

  11. Ruthie @ All Things Meraki

    Time spent at the beach is the best medicine for me. Emotionally and creatively. It’s a great way to reset the mind. I love the idea of this adult colouring in. However, creatively i’d like to be one that creates the images to be coloured! Thanks for all the creative tips! :)

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