Caring for your creative soul …when you don’t feel like it

“You can do anything, but not everything.” ~David Allen

In a few minutes we can: 
  • Take several deep, restorative breaths
  • Light a candle and watch the flame flickering
  • Pet a cat or cuddle a dog
  • Give/get a hug
  • Watch leaves dance
  • Sketch a picture
  • Doodle
  • Stretch your body
  • Do a cartwheel
  • Take a picture of something beautiful
  • Smell your favorite scent

But let’s be honest: sometimes we’d rather swim in the murky depths of our own self-pity than try even one of these things. Sometimes we look at a list like this and think, “yeah, right.”

I picture our spirits like Maslow’s triangle. 

At the tippy top are the moments when I feel so connected with God that I know true joy and awe. I tingle with energy and enthusiasm. I marvel at the smallest blade of grass and am filled with a flow of joy that drenches me.

At the base of the triangle are the gloomy spiritual days, when I trudge through the fog and hope that the next day will be better. These days are dark and a feeling of hopelessness pervades my mind. The dreams and visions that I caught glimpses of during those top-level moments fade or feel overwhelmingly huge. I’m too weak and too tired to do more than the basics.

Most of the time we’re somewhere in the middle of the triangle, moving up or down a level depending on how we care for our souls and how often we remember to reach out and ask Spirit for help. When we can slow down and stop doing, it can change our experience. When we take just a moment to observe the sky, notice how the petal of a flower curls, pause to smell a hint of wood smoke in the air, or feel the softness of a blanket wrapped over cold, tired legs, something shifts inside. 

Sometimes it’s a momentary pause and we go back to the day without giving it much thought. Other days we build on the one action, noticing more and more around us that is beautiful and nurtures our souls. Sometimes these single moments of noticing can help us return to that quiet place of reflection even in a loud, busy world.

What are some of the ways in which you get through those less-than-inspiring days? Please share your tips or ideas in the comments.

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