SELF-CARE FOR CREATORS Part 2:
10 Daily Tools to Survive and Thrive
Creators! Welcome back to our series on self-care.
The first three daily tools in Part 1 are about starting your day strong — with a sense of happiness, positivity and accomplishment:
Make Your Bed
Listen to Affirmations
Our next three tools are about writing and (don’t panic!) spirituality.
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron changed my life — jump-starting my healthy sense of spirituality. The book refers to how “God” plays an invaluable role in my creativity. But, the word/name/label of “God” can be polarizing. Cameron talks about not letting preconceived notions or semantics block my creative destiny. “God” can be used as short-hand for “Goddess, Mind, Universe, Nature, Source, or Higher Power”. The point isn’t what I name it, it’s that I USE it. Once I learned that, I incorporated daily prayer in order to connect with my “Higher Power”.
Which brings us to tool #4:
Just like “God”, the word “Pray” can bring up all types of feels. But for me these terms have nothing to do with religion, joining a church, donating to a collection basket, or a bearded white man. They’re my spiritual connection to unlocking my creative destiny.
Here’s what my daily prayer looks like:
I start with The Serenity Prayer:
Higher Power, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
(for me, these are the three most profound and important sentences ever written or spoken)
Then express thankfulness:
Thank you for being a beautiful law of nature.
Meaning: The Law of Nature, the Universe. Another way I explain this: there is inarguably something at play that is more powerful than us. If I try to stop the sun from rising and setting, if I go into the ocean and try to stop the waves, I’ll lose every time. The Law of Nature is undefeated.
Thank you for channeling your love through Maggie.
Meaning: My cat Maggie — a relationship of unconditional love. She’s been a catalyst for me growing into a better, more patient, more understanding, more compassionate person. She won’t be here forever, but that patience, understanding and compassion will be.
Thank you Robin and Kobe for watching over me.
Meaning: Robin Williams and Kobe Bryant. Two of my inspirations, two masters of their craft, two flawed men. But I ask them to help me stay away from the things it was difficult for them to stay away from. Robin instills warmth, joy and a sense of play. While Kobe instills discipline, focus and work ethic.
This piece from Wanderlust can give you some more insights and strategies for jump-starting your prayer practice.
5) Gratitude Lists
I heard of this daily tool when I was at one of my lowest points — no job, no money, no debt-relief, no self-esteem, no self-confidence, no sense of purpose. If this was my life, what could I possibly have to be grateful for?!
Even though my life was a mess, expressing gratitude was crucial in manifesting MORE.