How Mindfulness Optimizes Your Creative Process

Our theme for creative flow practice this week is: The Inner Elder: Owning Your Own Guidance. Join us for morning meditation and f-r-e-e-writing practice here.

Are you looking forward to the creative week ahead? Below I map my creative intentions for my author business for this week (Week 42 Q3 2019), under the hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: maker, manager, marketer. Have you decided on your intentions for this week yet? Join us here to map your creative week.

The Inner Elder and the Inner Child

Creatives are familiar with the concept of the inner child, that innocent dimension of ourselves that’s still alive inside, even if buried deep, who still needs and deserves love and care from our stronger, older, more grown-up self.

“Once when I was going through a particularly dark season of self-loathing,” says writer Elizabeth Gilbert, “I taped a sweet photo of myself (age 2) on my mirror, and taught myself that any harm I did to me, I also did to HER. It made me kinder and more tender to myself.

Imagining other people’s inner children makes me kinder and more tender to them. The Inner Child is a good thing.”

But Gilbert is also, as am I, a fan of the inner elder.

Acknowledging that the inner child is a good thing, that sometimes as creatives we can get stuck on our tough childhoods, our unfair or cruel parents, our struggles with practicalities or politics.

We forget that we also have an inner elder, a wise old person within, who knows exactly what our inner child, and outer challenged adult, needs. And is ready to offer guidance, if that dear child would only pipe down.

We can tap that inner wisdom, our own best guidance, by getting more acquainted with our inner elder.

The Inner Elder: Two Aspects Male and Female

The inner elder can be male or female. From fairy godmothers to Mary Poppins, literature is full of wise old women. And men too, from Merlin to Dumbledore.

Whatever sex we are biologically, mentally, imaginatively and emotionally we can tap any male or female symbols of the wisdom of our own eternal nature.

What are the differences between the male and female aspects of the elder wisdom, for you?

Which aspect do we most need to tap right now?

How do you access your own internal guidance?

These are the themes we’ll be exploring in creative flow practice this week.

You can join us here.


Mapping Creative Intentions Week 42, 2019

In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Maximizer (who promotes). Join the group to map your intentions and log your accomplishments.

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Here are my intentions for the coming week:

  • MAKER: More chapters of Creative Self-Publishing.
  • MANAGER: Determined to get my tax information early to my accountant this year. Tried last week, and failed but on the slate again this week.
  • MARKETER: Further investigation of Amazon ads as they add UK and Germany to their advertising platform and lead up to the launch of Allowing Now, later this month.

That’s what I’ll be up to in my author business. What about you? What will you be producing, processing or promoting this week?

Do pop over to our Go Creative! in Business Facebook group, where we support and motivate each other. It’s completely free, there’s no selling or self-promotion, and you can leave anytime if it isn’t the right fit for you. You’ve nothing to lose and it may be just the creative boost you need.


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