“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” -Osho
It’s incredible how creativity begins to flow through you once you draw the first line, write the first words, or the first melody.
Many people deny their inner-artist. For the longest I too thought my craft was in vain. I never saw the importance in taking time to just create.
If a busy schedule is a challenge there are so many ways to squeeze in art even if you don’t have the spare time. Art goes beyond singing, dancing, and playing an instrument. Beyond painting, sculpting, and writing.
For drawing Adult Colouring books are great for the budding artist like myself. They’ve been unnoticed for years but the trend is now popping. You can get Mandala colouring books all the way to drawing Enchanted Forests. There is such a huge movement going on because heck COLOURING IS FUN! It’s relaxing and makes you mindful. You can understand why kids love it.
I started painting this January and I felt so relieved of any life stresses. It became therapeutic. Then I read “Let The Elephants Run” by David Usher. In it he advised doing something creative out of your comfort zone. For me that was drawing and colouring.
It sort of channeled this urge I had. Since I was a child I denied my artistic self. I loved writing poetry and drawing but I had a fear that my work would be stolen or unappreciated. For some reason I believed art was done for everyone but myself. The true secret though is that your inner-artist doesn’t owe anyone sh*t.
Creating is a great spiritual practice & it’s special to share with your kids!
When I watch my daughters paint they use their undivided attention. They also use their genuine truest self while colouring or painting. Their entire imagination is driving them. They are so alive & awakened. Completely immersed in the task at hand.
So how is art a life lesson?
It teaches you impermanence. You can create anything and change it. The lesson is letting go of an old idea and moving onto something new and knowing it will be better. My favourite is acrylic painting because your mistakes never show all you see is art. Also the powerful thing is paintings are forever changing. For me one day I could paint a horse on my canvas then the next it’s a dragon. This is for the fact it is your art.
You have freedom to decide what you want.
Just like your life.
A few more lovely lessons:
The most grand study of impermanence and patience in art are the Buddhist Monks that use Mandalas as meditation or the women of India that create Kolam Mandalas. Using sand they know a hard breath or with a blow of wind their work can be gone in the dust. You don’t see them throwing tantrums when their work is blown away. Who can be mad when you don’t have attachments to such things? The process is the reward.
Art is a true virtue.