Today’s guest post is from the talented writer Cynthia Sageleaf of Intuitive and Spiritual. Welcome to the site, Cynthia! When she approached me about providing a guest post full of helpful insights on creative exploration for the new year upon us, as well as offering a poem, I was stoked! Still am 😉 Take it away, Cynthia:
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Tapping Into Your Creative Potential
The poem below reflects what goes on in my head during those early morning hours – that time before the world wakes up and I need to get moving for the day. I have now learned to cherish those moments, to center myself and to remember to strive for balance, if imperfectly.
I am a creative soul, but I’m always looking for ideas. This poem will shed some light on my morning routine and tapping into the Inner Knowing that unlocks creative potential.
The Wee Hours
Wake up early, groggy and still in the land of
I take a breath and feel around in the ambient darkness for fuzzy slippers and soft overcoats…
I amble to that cushion where I will sit, cross-legged in the silent stillness of early morn. To find the balance. To find the Fountain of All Things.
I call upon my breath: cooler air when I inhale, and warmer air on the exhale.
Thirty times sixty seconds, the moments scroll by behind closed eyelids.
Flashes of color and drifting thoughts splatter against the screen…and slowly drip away, leaving the expanse of the Rest of the Universe.
But even when those thoughts stick like egg-based tempera…
The Aware Me gently prods the Unaware to move back to the breath, gently urging extraneous thoughts to drip away…like dripping blobs on painted wood that eventually congeal in the dry air.
A soft wind waves over the top of my lip – a breath…respiration from The Great Within.
Like a magnifying glass focusing the light, so I focus ideas to the now – and the in and out rhythm of breathing.
A Tibetan bell tolls. I unfold my legs to beckon my journal –
So inspired because I am never judged while I spray musings in paint blotches that equal words upon that bright, two-dimensional space.
In those moments of madrugada, the darkness illuminates my creative muscle.
Father Sun and Mother Sky whisper their intentions of a new day into my ear, to summon me to continue on my journey of discovery – in prosaic words, contrasting art and snapped photos that flow through my mind and my through my hands to make a difference…O to make the world a blissful place!
So that others may see, and that others may read. Though the vibrance of the literary word, I aspire to see that their day is changed, infused with a spark to live a life in vivid color, balanced on the gigantic life-canvas in perfectly imperfect lines, shapes, spaces, colors, values and textures.
Sometimes just black and white will do as a timeless snapshot of yesteryear’s future.
I acknowledge the focused mind to enhance my imagination…that mindfulness that washes over my brain to conjure a genesis of vivid memories and juxtapositions, never before seen…or thought…never before known.
What’s that I ask?
It’s a spark.
That spark will grow into an amber fire.
And that warm glow galvanizes my creative muscle to burst forth an idea…that, rising to a feverish degree, a novel appears or a unique work of art.
So it is with the creative process. So it is with moments of mindfulness.
The accompanying image is that of a mandala. I started out drawing it, with the idea of “balance” in my head. From there I colored in the image, all in the stillness of being mindful.
It is a reminder to cultivate creativity and mindfulness. A reminder that we can strive for perfectly imperfect balance.
We often want more creativity in our lives. We also want to feel more relaxed and less stressed.
Did you know that you can structure those hours before beginning your work day as a way to boost your creativity and set the tone for a calmer day?
I have found that the idea of being mindful and using that early morning time to write down ideas is the best and most creative part of my day.
How do I do it?
I take some time to be mindful.
I take some time to do some journaling and go over my daily goals.
Then I work on a creative project.
Then I do a little exercise like yoga or tai chi.
This morning routine then sets the tone for the day. I am in a creative mindset, I’m calm and I know what I want to accomplish.
I used to wake up an hour before work, get ready and leave. I never felt that relaxed and more often than not, I was stressed and rushed.
Taking those two elements, I crafted the poem above that uses poetic prose to hopefully provide insights on a beautiful lifelong journey of mindfulness and creativity.
These two things, for me, have led to a life full of abundance, compassion, and less stress.
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About Cynthia Sageleaf
Cynthia resides in Western North Carolina where she greets each day with gratitude and mindfulness. She spends time each day immersed in a creative project or imagining fantastical ideal worlds with the written word. She’s an idealist, but the desire to make the world a more beautiful and loving place fuels her passion to share her gifts with the world.
You can find more of her writings and creativity at Intuitive and Spiritual.
Many thanks to Christy for allowing her to guest-post and thanks to her readers for visiting!
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Feel free to join me in thanking Cynthia Sageleaf for being here today! She welcomes any questions in the comments section below and also feel free to check out her platform Intuitive and Spiritual. ~ Christy