Yup, serious business!
I was watching a little Oprah not that long ago (don’t judge me!) and stumbled upon her interview with Brené Brown, a research professor who studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She’s most well-known for her Ted Talks ‘The Power of Vunerability’ and ‘Listening to Shame’. If you haven’t watched them, do it RIGHT NOW…In fact here you go…I’ll make a cup of tea. See you in a wee bit…
Brilliant, isn’t she?!
Anyhoo, during her interview with Oprah Brené got on the topic of Creativity and singled it out as one of the universal traits of people who live ‘wholeheartedly’. And then took it a step further.
In one sweet second of syrupy TV all my deep-knowings and years of art-making were validated with this statement…
“Unused creativity is not benign.
It turns into grief, rage, shame, judgement, sorrow but we are divine beings and we are, by nature, creative.”
I KNEW IT! I KNEEEWWWWWW IT! I’ve known it since the beginning of time, since I first made something (sweet music probably) and procrastinated doing it again and then felt bad and then finally got around to it and then felt incredible and then the cycle started again…the circle of life…I mean Art…well, dysfunctional Art.
Creativity might seem like finger-painting, time-wasting and sappy self-indulgence but this is serious.
Expressing yourself in some way or another is serious.
Processing and metabolizing life through the action of creation is serious.
For our physical health we need to eat well, move regularly and get hugs. For our mental and emotional health we need to CREATE THINGS!
>> How do you fulfill this emotional-nutritional need? What do you create in life?
If you don’t have an answer to this question or are feeling flat, uninspired or blocked then I’d love to go on a creative adventure with during my course CREATIVE SCAFFOLDING which is kicking off on June 8th.
It’s revamped and repackaged especially for release as an online course and I want to share this inaugural experience with you.
You can find all the details here (what to expect, why bother, etc.) and keep your eyes peeled in the next few days for an invite to some interwebinal hijinks and creative block-busting fun that I’m putting together.
There was so much goodness spilled on Oprah’s sound stage that day that they had to make TWO episodes for Brené’s interview. You can catch the highlights here over on Oprah-interweb-HQ.
And if anyone feels like buying me a copy of Brené’s latest book ‘Daring Greatly’ or ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ for my birthday/wedding/being alive that would be aaaawesome. Marvelous stuff!