Creativity. What is it and what does it mean to be creative? That was a question that was asked in my last Morning Altars class. I thought I knew the answer and then as the class went on, that answer changed. And that’s one of the great things about this class, constantly asking me to explore what I “already know” and to reimagine what other possibilities there are.
I often hear, “but I’m not creative.” Used to be, I would hear it out of my own mouth. But when you create, you are bringing in to being something new, and that can take the form of any number of things. Have you ever created a new recipe? How about solved a problem in a new way? Ever written an article, a letter or a journal entry?
We are all creative, and to deny that is closing the door on the joy and wonder and beauty that comes with embracing a creative life.
And not only are we creative, but every living being joins us in that creativity. A mighty oak tree creates a tiny acorn, which in turn becomes another oak. A bird creates a nest to lay her eggs (also created) and to keep them safe. A cat gives birth to a litter of kittens.
The other day, I was reminded of that when I was walking in an area that was new to me. Along the path was the burned out stump of a pine tree, and in the middle of that stump a tiny new tree was growing. That is creation.
I find I am at my most creative when I am engaging in nature. When I take a quiet walk in the woods and use all my senses to connect to the creativity around me, it inspires me in new ways. And the thing is, that inspiration is available to all of us, all the time. Nature is always calling to us, always drawing us in to be creative. We just have to listen.
Spend some time in nature everyday. Become part of nature, engage with her and listen deeply, and she will inspire and delight you in ways you never expected.