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Posts In This Category Are About Applying The Creative Process To Everyday Life

Creative Living: Creative Practice, Effortless Exercise

This Week’s Book Extract: from Creativist Compendium

Letting Go An extract from Creativist Compendium Conscious Creation is not about working relentlessly hard to meet goals. Though effort is needed, it’s not the conventional effort of striving, stress, or strain, and intentional rest is very much part of the process. This extract from Inspiration Medi- tation, introduces the concept of such intentional rest. Creative rest is not time off from the creative process: it is the creative process. Every productive writer and artist talks about how the best ideas, the ones with most depth, resonance and coherence, surface during downtime. “When I am… completely myself, entirely alone and…

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Your Monday Motivator: Conscious Creation

So, it’s 10 January. How are those new year resolutions coming along? If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Or replying will-based discipline to creating what you want to create in your life. If you’re like most people you’ll be find those resolutions are already fraying at the edges. According to market researchers Opinion Research Corp., 92% of us go about our daily lives failing to create what we most want. Whether our desire is physical (as, in their study, 38% of the desires); emotional (31%), financial (34%) or, interestingly…

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Creative Living

Season’s Greetings (and some gifts for you)

I have some gifts — three freebies and three discount offers — that I hope will put a smile on your face this holiday season. All of these make a good gift for yourself — or to pass on to a friend who is interested in such things. THREE FREEBIES  FREE EBOOK: A Compendium For Creativists This is an anthology of advice for creatives and creativists and anyone interested in conscious creation: Get your free book here   FREE MOTIVATOR MAIL: Weekly creative reminder Each week through the year, I send a motivator mail on Mondays with maps and logs…

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Creative Living: Go Creative! Books

Creating Happy Holidays Part 3: “Giving & Receiving”. From Creating Money, Creating Meaning

We each receive certain gifts when we come into this life – talents, interests and attributes – that we offer to others. In return, we may receive love, acknowledgement, appreciation, validation, money or other rewards. Receiving in these ways allows us to replenish the life force we have “spent” which in turn enables us to continue giving. If we look deeply at our relationships with others through the giving/receiving lens, we find they can all be categorized as: a. A relationship where you mostly give. b. A relationship where you mostly receive. c. A two-way flow relationship. Creative giving will…

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Creative Living: Creative Practice

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Creating Happy Holidays Part 2

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt explores your creative intentions for the holiday season. what do I want to achieve here? what do I want to express?  what is the challenge? does it come in the form of a problem? what exactly is the problem I am trying to solve? (go beyond your usual answer, especially if it’s in the shape of another person) where might this holiday take me? what might I make of it? What might it make of me? what is my definition of a successful outcome? what do I need to change to make that happen? You Can Buy A…

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Creating Happy Holidays Part One: A New Poem

Over the coming days, until Dec 24th, I’ll be running a series, “Happy Holidays”. It’s the greeting we’ll all be giving each other for the next few weeks, without giving it much thought. Like that “Have A Nice Day” that has spread across the world from the US.. A nice day or a happy holiday is not something to be had but something we create. Or not. Yes, life can always come in and blindside us but for most of us, what will come between us and a happy holiday is not an emergency or calamity, but our old, stale,…

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Creative Living: Creativism & Creativists

Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind

I’m going to die! No, I’m not being dramatic and no, there’s nothing wrong with me beyond the fact that life is, as a Polish film once said, a fatal, sexually-transmitted condition. They actually said sexually-transmitted disease and I have to say, I think that’s going a bit far. But I take the point. We’re all going to die. And we all spend a lot of energy avoiding or resisting that. Remembrance of Things Past I recently found myself at two memorials. The first was a sunny autumn morning in which our family planted a tree in our local park for Anne, my dear…

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Creative Living: Creative Practice, F-R-E-E Writing

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: What We Leave Behind

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt explores how we think about ourselves and the legacy we’ll leave TRY THIS: WRITE YOUR OBITUARY a) Sit in stillness and quiet, with your notebook open before you, your pen beside it. For two full minutes, sit with silence, letting your breathing become progressively slower and deeper. Prepare to write fast, raw and exact-but-easy. Let your thoughts rest, waiting to begin. b) Write a one-page obituary for yourself, beginning with the sentence: “The death has occurred of _____________” (your name). Write it in the third person, as objectively as you can, what a journalist might write if you…

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Your Monday Motivator: Collaboration For Creative Success

The theme of this week’s Monday motivator mailout is Collaboration For Creative Success. Each week I send a Monday mail as a reminder to creatives and creativists. The pull of the outer and conventional world is strong, so we all need reminding to focus on what we most want to create. This weekly reminder is full of tips and techniques to motivate and inspire you – and offers simple creative maps and tools to help you prioritize what’s most important to you this week. I’ll also bring news about what I’m creating myself right now, offer a free-writing prompt around our…

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On The Go Creative! Show This Week: Collaboration For Creative Succcess

Today, in the creative living segment, I’m introducing Sondra Turnbull, (of Goddess Kindled) who will moderate the upcoming creativist club, launching in January. In creative publishing, we hear the three most significant publishing stories for authors in the past month from Porter Anderson. And creative writing in this show focusses on how to write haiku. It’s a fun habit — join me on Instagram to see mine — and guaranteed to bring more creative presence into your days. You can find out more about the show, read the transcript and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube on the Show Page.

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