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Living Our Creativity: Part 2

How do we inspire and share our creativity with others? This post discusses ways we can support our selves and others in a group setting. When we meet in a group whether it is with a few friends, a small group of unknown others, a workshop, a repeated group meeting, group therapy or a class that meets weekly we can feel supported and may be seen by familiar faces. Groups have an intention to meet and that intention holds everyone together for a common purpose. Those purposes can vary from cooking and eating, a book club, a sport club, a mom’s activity, a political discussion or activist group, an environmentally focused cause, a yoga class, knitting group, a choir or singing group, a salon of writers or fine artists, or a transformational workshop. We are social animals and crave connection and contact and groups facilitate connection with others. What I am suggesting here is how a group context can inspire and facilitate our creativity and support our social spirit.

You can create and lead a group, create a workshop or attend a group as a one-off or join on-going groups. I will discuss these possibilities and you can see if any of them fit for you. In this post, I am not discussing the many online group forums that can also serve these causes but have different benefits. I am focusing on personal, in vivo contact.

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Living Our Creativity

As I think about my next coaching class for psychotherapists, I am reminded that activating our creative efforts is a crucial contributor to life satisfaction and meaning. Whether you are in business, or an artist, a writer, a consultant, an exercise trainer, or a masseuse…need I go on… life satisfaction comes from a feeling that you can evolve your creative self. What does that mean? There is a lot of talk about branding through social media, building a platform, communicating to be recognized thus building your reputation. These platforms do increase visibility and may become a good feedback loop for your creative ideas. But those efforts need to begin with an internal connection before the external notoriety.

What I am speaking to in this post is first and foremost a more private inner exploration and discovery that can lead ultimately to a real commitment. As you sit with yourself, you can discover how you can best manifest, what vehicles of expression excite you, bring you a feeling of aliveness, and are an expression of your core Self. Sometimes the field is barren for a while and that is part of the necessary emptiness before there is fertility.

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