The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the July issue of Creativity Calling!
Ah...summertime! The popular song lyrics call out to us, "summertime...and the living is easy." It can be...if we allow ourselves more room for joy.
Can we grant ourselves permission to more fully appreciate the special energies and rhythms of the passing seasons?
I absolutely love attending outdoor live concerts! There's nothing like sharing with a crowd the good vibrations of stimulating, uplifting music! Last week my husband and I went to Yankee Stadium to hear Paul McCartney sing. Under a full moon, it was a magical evening--three hours of entertainment that I'll be smiling about for years to come.
What stirs a sense of freedom in you? What makes heart sing?
This month we have inspiring articles from our CCA creativity coaches, whose intentions are to help you embrace your freedom, your choices, and your creative expression. Quinn offers valuable insights on how to silence our inner critics to make room for new successes. David shares how changing our inner thoughts can instantly change our outward experiences. And Consuelo invites us to consciously use the soles of our feet not only for exploring, but for refreshing our creative selves.
So, there you have it! I hope you'll take a few minutes to relax, kick off your shoes, fix yourself a cool drink and enjoy this newsletter.
On the CCA's next "Transformational Tuesdays" live call, I'll be talking with creativity coach Mary Beall Adler: Tuesday, August 2 at 1:00 PM (EST). Find more information within this newsletter. These are free calls in appreciation of you, our readers.
As always, don't hesitate to contact us with topics you'd like to see featured in future newsletters. We love your input and suggestions!
All the very best!
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Celebrate Freedom From the Inner Critic
by Quinn McDonald
Mid-Summer heat, fireflies, cookouts and swimming pools are all part of a relaxed summertime schedule. In the slower summer months, we feel a freedom that doesn't stretch into the more scheduled fall and winter months. We have time for summer reading, relaxing, and pursing creative activities. The pursuit of happiness is one of the guarantees in our Constitution--and July is a perfect time to pursue the happiness you want to include in your life all year 'round. The days are still long enough for evening activities. Some long weekends are available to dedicate to creative work. Once creative work is on your schedule, however, you might find yourself hearing from the inner critic. The inner critic often uses summer to point out laziness and the feeling of being "not good enough," or "not serious enough." The inner critic can dampen your creative work faster than a summer downpour. Working creatively while worrying about being "not enough" is hard. Once your attention is distracted by feelings of not being good enough to complete the work, your creativity vanishes.
The inner critic is often thrown out of the studio to avoid interfering with the artist's creative work. But tossing the critic out may not always be successful. As a creative worker, you are going to have to patrol the perimeter of the studio to keep your eye on the inner critic. Patrolling the perimeter is hard work, and will sap your energy. But watching for the inner critic also has other drawbacks.
The man who taught me to ride a motorcycle knew the secret of navigating sharp corners and switchback turns. He warned against being distracted by the mechanical parts of the bike--the front wheel or handlebars. That's not where the power is, he warned. He said, "You go where you look. So look where you want to go. Your body and the bike will do the rest." Wise advice.
That phrase is true about every goal--look where you want to go, and trust in the small decisions and intuitive moves to get you there. If you look for failure, you will watch it, focus on it, and head right to it. Keep watching the inner critic, and your new focus will be self-criticism. Look for success and you will focus on success.
Give yourself some real freedom this July and focus on something fresh, new and appealing. Then head right for it!
~Quinn McDonald is a certified creativity coach. Her newly-released book, Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art is already an Amazon.com Best-Seller in the categories of Creativity, Mixed Media and Crafts and Hobbies. She can be reached through her website, QuinnCreative.com
Heat up your creative process!
by David Eyman
Every year when the weather turns to these fiery hot days, I notice myself and my friends running to find mercy from an air conditioner. But what are we really running for? Is it really that awful to feel the heat for a few minutes? Or maybe even to forego the notion that it's all that bad, and enjoy the heat just once?
We do have a choice in the matter. We can run for the air conditioner, cursing weather gods, fearing sweat on our brows, and whining all the way. Or accept that an occasional heat wave is a part of what makes mother earth's process so magnificent. And it is, so we can learn from her wisdom.
If we choose to resist nature, we get ill will in return, and no good comes of it. If we choose to let go of resistance, we get to smile, enjoy life a little, and trust that the world has its reasons to make the weather, and our creative processes, just the way we are.
Years ago I was out with a friend on a blistering hot day, where the heat's visible on the pavement underfoot. We got into her black car and closed the doors. She paused. She didn't move to start the car, just sat there while I was roasting alive! "Good Lord woman, start the car!" I was thinking. But my friend smiled gently and breathed deeply. "Doesn't this feel great" she said. "Great?" I was thinking. "What the..?" but I went with it. I breathed, and felt the heat touch every cell from my lungs to the pores on my skin. I let go in that moment, and allowed myself to accept and acknowledge the heat. And it did feel good. It felt great even, because I allowed it to.
If we can accept this crazy heat, even for a few minutes, we might accept that fear and anxieties are just a part of our process.
If we let go of resistance, we can act in the face of our fears. We can find a deep love for our own unique creative process, and embrace our anxiety knowing that without it, we're just not us. :)
~ David Eyman is a CCA Coach for highly creative people, and creative consultant for industry. For more information, visit www.eymancreative.com
Freeing Your Creative Soul through Your Soles
by Consuelo Meux
When I was a little girl I loved that my grandmother insisted on going barefooted in the summer time. As soon as the temperature started to rise, the shoes came off. "Grandma" I'd ask, "aren't your feet burning?" She said she wanted to train her feet to be her second soles, just like the soles of her shoes. That way she could easily go from indoors to outdoors without stopping to stuff her feet into hot shoes.
Of course I was encouraged to follow her example. I relished the time of year when I could wander around barefooted in nature expanding my creative soul. I was brave enough to try all surfaces with my feet; from the small dirt patch right outside the back door that remained a bit cool, to the hot sidewalk and finally the burning heat of the tarred alleyway behind the house. When I couldn't stand the burning anymore I'd dash for the long blades of grass to get relief. My feet were my partners in exploring my surroundings in creative ideas for a few months out of the year.
As a busy adult, I often forget to release my feet from their daily smothering prison. But as temperatures rise this summer, I'm reminded to stop, relax, take my shoes off and feel the surface beneath my feet even if it is just the rug beneath the desk. It is amazing how creative ideas begin to flow, like cool water moving over my body. Suddenly, areas that were stuck take on a new life based on the sensations flowing from my soles.
Summer heat can be a perfect muse to encourage you to partner with your feet in exploring your surroundings in new ways. Consider how you can allow the heat of summer to inspire you not only to "come out of your creative box" but to "bring your soles out of your shoes" to refresh the soul of your creativity.
~ Consuelo Meux, Ph.D. is a Certified Creativity Coach who enjoys working with people who are "Creatives in Suits" to remind them to release their creative souls. Learn more at www.leaderslifestyle.com
Creativity Coaching Certification Program for 2011
Life is not about finding yourself...
Life is about Creating yourself. ~ E.W. Wilcox
If you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice, we invite you to explore CCA's Certification Program. Our program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.
For details, please visit our Certification Program web page
for a full explanation of the courses offered and requirements.
Join Us On August 2nd!
Tap into Our Database of Creativity Coaches
CCA's "Transformational Tuesday" free tele-call:
Embracing Creativity to Transform Your Business
Join Bev Down, CEO of the Creativity Coaching Association, as she speaks with CCA certified coach, Mary Beall Adler, on how she used creativity as a business strategy to transform her traditional business to stand out from the crowd. Mary believes you must first take the time to develop your creative ideas fully, using the right tools and expanding your understanding of who you are, where you are going, and what you want to do, in order to connect with others and create an awesome business.
Mary Beall Adler, as a small business owner and certified creativity coach, feels that baking, like music, dance, and the arts, requires form, function, consistency and aesthetics. She and her team of Master Bagel Bakers have created a consistent tradition of excellence and innovation at the Georgetown Bagelry in Bethesda, MD. www.GeorgetownBagelry.com
To join us on August 2, 2011 @ 1:00 PM, EDT
Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4141; Participant Access Code: 8673879#
See you there!
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