Rather than making yet another list of possible new year’s resolutions, I have started to give each year a theme, together with a painting which reflects ideas, dreams and hopes of where I’d like my life to go. Lightness and kindness have been my guiding principle throughout 2014’s incredible adventures (leaving our lovely community in the UK, moving a whole family life on board a boat to sail the Med, and finally connecting with a new and awesome community here in Malta).
Creativity shall be my beacon shining through 2015. It always makes me feel so flowy, alive and universally (literally: one song… ‘the song of life’?!?) in tune when I feel my creative juice is flowing freely. I can feel it when I’m writing, blogging, cooking, drawing with my kids, deeply immersed in a yoga practice and in photography. I’d like to expand it to more dancing, singing and playing guitar – in promptuo musical gatherings and all inclusive kirtans are one of the things I miss most from Sydney.
If you too are keen on boosting your creativity, I have put together the perfect Yin sequence to help boost our creative energy centre. Swadishtana, literally ‘sweetness’, is the seat of water and metaphor for flow in life. The moments when you feel the universe is on your side and you are living your life to your true potential, is when Swadishtana is tuning in the right rhythm and pace.
Yin yoga complements active lifes and helps those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”. Constantly emailing, texting and posting social media updates has led, for some, to mental overload and a feeling that we are not good enough or achieving enough. Yin yoga can provide an antidote to this. For more on this simple, quiet and deeply restorative practice, read on= great article from The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/05/yin-yoga-calm-mind-stretch-body-slow
Other ways you could nourish your creativity this year:
- Artist’s date – once a week, make a date with yourself to do something you normally wouldn’t do, but always wish you had the time to, eg taking a walk by the river sketching the fish, enrol in a aerial session, stroll barefoot on a beach, take pictures of random people passing your favourite café…
- Meditate – visualize an orange sphere three finger tips below your navel centre. Concentrate. Try and completely immerse in it, become one with it. (Here’s a recap of one of my last Hampshire meditation workshops to refresh your memory.)
- Any creative childhood activities whose memories seem like a different word? Explore it. Take up knitting again. Go fishing with your dad or best mate. Take a sailing course…
- Try out a dance class you’ve never done before. Music can feel like food four the soul.
- Book a random yoga retreat just because.
Know of more? Share the way you like to juice your creative flow. And while you are at it, why not also leave a comment about your year’s theme? x