Saturday, April 9, 2016

H is for Help

H is for Help
When mired in a creative block, it's hard to see your way clear. You can easily get enveloped in all sorts of negative thoughts:
Fear

Isolation

Hopelessness

Defeat

I’d suggest writing your negative, but very real thoughts on a blackboard, if you have one handy, and then erasing them, mindfully, with an eraser. Otherwise, write them out on paper, with a regular pencil, erase them, and toss the entire sheet in the recycling bin, or trash, if you don’t have one. Either symbolic act is not an immediate fix, but doing these sorts of physical activities puts you on a road, cleared of blockages.

Reaching out for help is not something we all enjoy. First there is the idea of admitting that we need help. Then there is the daunting task of finding just the right type of help. Our dear friend, the Internet, makes this seem easy and hard, all at the same time.

Entanglement by Stephanie Rose Bird


Here are some ideas for help with maneuvering through Creative Blocks:
Pray to your higher power, if you believe in one.
Clear your mind of clutter. This can be done through sitting meditation or moving meditation, such as mindfully walking, using controlled breathing at the same time.

Set a realistic and obtainable goal.
Make a practical plan to reach your goal.
Celebrate the milestones you reach on your own, with a friend or friends, family, your critique group; through journaling or blogging.


Repeat these steps as many times as needed.

6 comments:

  1. One of the main words, in my opinion, of your blog today is Mindful. The Asian philosophies all embrace mindfulness.

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    1. Yes they do and I find that word applicable to a great deal of my thoughts!

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  2. Thanks Stephanie - very useful tools indeed±

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  3. I find it's not always easy to ask for help...

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