The last part of chapter 5 of The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby, had many writing exercises. I decided to return to those exercises later, as currently my mind has not been into the writing mode.
Chapter 6 is about revitalizing Action, page, 116 “I never feel more alive when I am in the midst of making something from nothing.” That was certainly true for me this past weekend. I spent the entire day in the studio painting and being creative.
Here are the key statements the author wrote that caught my attention.
“Creative practices also reduce anxiety, provide a sense of accomplishment, and connect us to others and the environment around us.” pg 119-120
“…the magic of practice lies in two ingredients: mindset and commitment,” pg 122
pg 123 “We compare ourselves to others and then reject our own work, not realizing we are rejecting ourselves and our pursuit of joy in the process.”
pg 126 the author stated that we may have a regular schedule for our craft but stated “..but we want to broaden the scope and meaning to include anything that helps us restore our connection to inner joy.”
Joyful Practice: it can decrease anxiety, stress, sadness, depression etc.
there is a list in this chapter and what makes you have strong emotional response he suggests to pay attention to that.
so here is what gave me a strong emotional response:
- rescuing or raising animals
- flower arranging
- playing an instrument
- sewing and textile art
- fashion design
- jewelry making
- hand-spinning yarn
- making your own anything
- growing a small business
This list will be used for the first exercise at the end of this chapter.
I am not surprised at the list that gave the a strong emotional connection. I’m curious about this exercise later in the book. Aren’t you?
I’ll post more later