We all have creative blocks. These are times when we can not, for example, write, paint or compose. We feel trapped, as if something would not allow us to take the first step. We allow the fear of failure or of not being a perfectionist, of routine boredom or simply a void as if we had lost our voice. We are sometimes taken in by feelings of frustration, devaluation, or incapacity. But they are actually passing moments. We can get around the situation!
Nowadays, people are looking for Pinterest, google or any other social network to be inspired, but ... Imagine two pictures: one full of images and one blank ... Which of the two attracts you the most to start painting and transmitting your voice? It is certain that the full of images can bring many ideas, but is it the voice of your heart expressing itself? Does it have something genuine and original to create so or will it just add?
One of the foundations of minimalism is the removal of everything that distracts from our purpose. This cleansing opens up space and freedom for our creativity. As? Through minimalism we know each other better and allow more "our" moments. We do a domestic, digital, relational detox, and so on! The white board, referred to in the previous example, allows us to connect with ourselves and look for our personality, our message and our experiences. Everything that comes from the heart is much stronger.
My inspiration comes more often when I meditate or pray. It is only when I am more with myself that I find my voice, my mission, my originality. Sometimes I'm not even looking for inspiration: thoughts come, flow, and come to my heart through responses to situations I'm experiencing. This lightness is the breeze that invites you to start writing, painting, composing, dancing, etc.
Let's do one more exercise. Imagine your secretary working full of junk. And now imagine her clean and free of junk. Which of the two allows you to be more creative, productive and focused?
The strategies I outline then work for both work and personal life. Based on minimalism, they help you overcome creative blocks and find your personality in everything you do.
1. Create a meditation or prayer routine!
It is important to have the habit of talking to yourself, reflecting on what is important to you, self-analyzing, and meeting your desires. Silence and the absence of distractions lead to your deepest feelings. It is in those moments that you reflect your authenticity to the highest level and listen to the answers your heart has been speaking but you have not been able to hear yet.
2. Perform a task that does not occupy the mind.
A recent neuroscience research claims that "the brain needs to disengage and completely relax so that the moment "Eureka!" happens after it has already focused closely on a project or problem". This can happen with something simple like taking a shower, driving or taking a walk. Jonah Lehrer added "the relaxation phase is crucial. That is why many ideas occur during hot showers. ... One of the amazing lessons of this research is that trying to force a vision can actually impede perception"
3. Do a special cleaning
Remove everything that does not meet what you want. Sell, donate or throw away. And I mean not only to your place of work, but also to your mind. Elenor Brownn cited that "the stuff does not refer only to physical things, but also to old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits". If you're having too many creative blocks lately, try this special cleaning.
4. Do not judge or criticize yourself!
Trust in yourself, let it flow. Often we do not start and we are already belittling what we are going to do. We want to be so perfect that we just can not take the first step. Live your journey without comparing, each one has his, just like in minimalism.
5. Go offline!
Turn off facebook or instagram. Ignore the phone. Forget the Pinterest for a few minutes. All of these tools are great used at the right time, but now you are looking for your genuine idea. Digital distractions are distractions alike and will pull you out of focus as inspiration begins to flow.
6. Choose to have a lighter life
Sometimes it seems like having a busy life is being important. But, as Joshua Becker states, "a busy life is a life without reflection". Do not devalue the moments when "apparently" is doing nothing, for it is just in them that things can be resolved and reorganized.
7. Stop, breathe and feel gratitude.
We are constantly challenged throughout the day, making it very easy to feel frustration. Replace those negative feelings with love. Thank Him for everything that comes into your mind. The more thank you, the more thanks will come. Ideas will flow and you will have the right energy to overcome the creative block.
Believe that you have an important voice within you with many stories and experiences to tell. Allow yourself to handle creative blocking in a healthier way through minimalism!