This week, while you're enjoying time with friends and family think not only about how freedom has shaped our nation - but how freedom has shaped you. What do I mean by that? We talk about freedom in the context of patriotism - after all, it was a battle-cry of our founding fathers. Freedom was called out for its roots in our DNA. Each of us seeks and enjoys personal freedom.
There is this growing trend where people are giving away their personal freedom. No this isn't a political blog - trust me! This is about giving away personal freedom when we deny one of the foundational principles- full expressing ourselves.
Through authentic expression, we experience what's known as our whole soul. This may seem a bit strange at first, but there are parts of us that we feel fearful about. Maybe childhood traumas, old beliefs we picked up from listening to our coworkers, friends, and family members keep you from trying something or believing that something is possible for you. One of the areas that we quickly shy away from is creativity.
You might be thinking - I am NOT good at painting, drawing, acting, singing, playing, or anything typical of creativity.
You may also be thinking - what does this have to do with freedom?
Creativity and freedom go hand in hand. Once you allow yourself to fully express yourself, there's a lifted burden that you may not have realized was there because you've allowed others' judgment to keep you from freely expressing yourself.
Here are a couple of tips to practice your creativity and celebrate your freedom this week and beyond!
1. Pinpoint: Think back to your childhood. What did you really enjoy doing? What caused you to lose track of time and no matter how it came out- you really enjoyed the process of creating it?
2. Values: Pick apart your definition of freedom and think about how you want to live your full self expression. What does that look like for you?
3. Fear cleanse: Think back to those comments and judgments that may have held you back from sticking to something - what can you release? Write down those statements and then either burn it or write down your new belief. Everything is changeable!
4. Habits: Carve out time over the next week or two (notice I didn't say forever!) and try playing with your creative side. Does something resonate with you? Does something align or does it feel like a chore? Figure out the right amount of time and the creative task you'd like to take on. The best way to do this is to try it in little chunks and simply enjoy your own personal time.
The goal of these steps is to take you from sort of expressing to full of freedom expressing. Remember that each of us has a different definition of freedom and want to express it differently. Yours could be WAY different than any of the examples I've written here. That's the beauty of creativity and freedom - it's ALL up to YOU.
Now go play.