Cultivating Creativity with Love: Rituals to Nurture Your Creative Process

Romancing your creativity: Love Rituals for a More Creative Life

It’s Valentine’s Day!Yes, it's the day we celebrate love. But whoa! What a lot of baggage poor St. Valentine must carry these days: the anxiety, resistance and desperation felt by all those who aren’t currently “spoken for”, stirred up by marketers with products to sell. What have we lost in this disconnected definition of love?Even as we find ourselves flooded with the hues of love and passion, February is the perfect moment to cast a wider net on what love means,...

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From Idea to Reality: The Role of a Creative Community in the Creative Process

a drop of water in a pool

If you have an idea you're passionate about, but it still feels  out of reach, it might be because your community isn't doing its job.Albert Einstein once observed, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”  But in these terms, only the creator matters while groups and mainstream society are seen to stifle creativity.However, research has shown that being part of a creative community is hugely beneficial...

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What Defines You? A Time to Choose.

What Defines You

At our house, one of our favorite holiday films is Love Actually. We watch it every year. It starts and ends at the Arrivals lounge of Heathrow Terminal 5. The opening scene sparkles with smiles, tears of joy and welcoming embraces as the Narrator soothes our souls as he interprets the scene:"Whenever I get gloomy... with the state of the world, l think about the Arrivals gate… at Heathrow airport. General opinion makes that we live in a world of hatred and greed......

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Creative Bravery: Four Antidotes to the Fear of Self-Expression

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What is your first memory of creative energy?I remember so clearly that night in our family room in Houston. I was about three… and I could feel it. I was dancing around, laughing and waving my arms in the air. But something was different.Suddenly I could feel that the other people in that room were uncomfortable with me, wanted me to stop. What did I conclude? “I’m just too big. I’d better reel in my energy. And quick!” It was a turning point in my life. But it took me...

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Creative Freedom and How to Defend It.

Fireworks over the water

Vive la (R)evolution!July is the month we celebrate Freedom, both here in the USA and in my other home country France. Yesterday was Bastille Day, the day in 1789 when an angry crowd of Parisians stormed the Bastille. Only seven prisoners were released that day, but Quatorze Juillet initiated the French Revolution and the end of the monarchy in France.Freedom celebrations throughout the world are expressed with picnics and parades, fireworks and family. And it would be...

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