5 Tips to Exercise Your Creative Mind
You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance. –Ken Robinson
It’s true that none of us can live without logic… well mostly true… However! It is just as important that we use our brain’s right side. The creative side.
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I believe that we need art. But what if you aren’t an artist? What if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body? What then? Are you doomed?!?!?!?! NO!!! You are not doomed, sorry. I have created a list of 5 things that non creatives can do to exercise their creative mind. Though personally, I don’t think that there is such a thing as a non creative. But, I’m willing to humor you ;)
- Listen to a different genre of music than your used to. For example, I never listen to mariachi music so that might be a good place to start. You could also go to the MOMA if you find yourself more drawn to the Met. The key here is to try and find something, anything, that you can appreciate about this new to you art form. Hmm– I really like those mariachi player’s costumes… I think you get the idea.
- Journal. In your journal do what is called a “brain dump”. Write down every pesky little thought and worry and expand upon each one until you can’t write anything else. Once you do you may be surprised you have made space for a little bit of creativity. Feeling especially uncreative? Start with a letter. Ex: Z. Reminds me of bees. Why does it remind me of bees? I think because of the word buzz. I wonder if Spaniards or Indians would associate Z with bees. My boyfriend finds it nearly impossible to make the “z” sound. Also, why do people from Britain say zede?… Do you see? All these weird strange things are filling your brain… get them out! (I just free wrote that!)
- Change something in your daily routine. Always have a coffee? Try some tea. If you’re feeling really feisty have a chai o_o. Drive a different way to work. Put your make up on before your shower- wait no, not that one. You might find that you have to get creative to make a change in your routine. If you’ve recently moved, like I have, this is relatively easy as I seem to get lost on a daily basis *note: do not try to be creative when a) you are hungry or b) you have to pee. I always seem so get lost at these times and it is not fun.
- Meditate, even if you think it’s new age-y. Besides the fact that it’s good for you, I can personally promise that you will have a slew of new ideas pop into your head while you’re trying to focus on being zen. Things that you never even knew you needed to think about before!
- Try to imagine what someone else’s life is like and get as specific with it as you can. If you really don’t think you’re creative after steps 1-4 then pick someone easy, someone you know relatively well. If you’re up for a challenge choose someone (or something) more distant from you. Perhaps the Queen of England or your boss’s dog. Or a plant. Or anything! Fill the world with your own magic and imagination.
Now get busy! Share your most creative thoughts in the comments below!