You need to find your creative place.
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Topic - Creative Place
Random Music video (from my own personal YouTube playlist) - how lucky are you?!
Here I am, sitting in a nice English country pub, writing this article. There are aged brown oak beams, propping up a bar with an appropriate selection of ale. To my left is an open fire, bathing the surroundings in a warm glow. An occasional person will toss some wood onto it, forcing an orange-yellow burst of light. There are just enough people here, to be entertainingly interesting but not too noisy. I'm sitting in a comfy leather chair, with a pint of ale in front of me, which is adding to the sense of calm that I have about me.
This is not my creative place.
Don't get me wrong, it is a delightfully pleasant and inviting place, but it isn't the geographical muse that encourages my creative thoughts.
We all have places that we like to visit. Sometimes because of the people that inhabit them; sometimes because they are beautiful. Often those places emote memories, that are themselves warm and lovely.
It is healthy to have a catalogue of such places in mind, to be called upon as needed. We often do this with music, happy music, calming music, party music, melancholic music. Why not do it with places too?
Understanding what a place has to offer, is important. Be it a feeling of safety or just somewhere to shelter from the rain.
The inverse is true too. Places can often have a negative effect, for exactly the same reasons.
In both cases, I think it is mentally healthy to know the lay of the land before you stumble into it.
I have to be honest here, this isn't anything to do with anything that I am writing about here.
There is a cliche that a Creative Place needs to be some kind of idilic location. It needs to be like a Muse dressed in white, playing a flute.
Before we get onto what my creative place is, lets have a quiet fireside chat about the importance of having a creative place.
You may be someone who doesn't have much creative output; thinking that this does not apply to you. You would, be entirely wrong. Everyone is creative. What varies massively his how they express it, or even if they ever express it at all.
There are moments through your day, where your mind will wander. It will day-dream into an alternative state. It may be a lovely place, it may fall into a darker place with a sense of dread. This is the creative part of your brain doing its thing.
Often such meandering feel random and without a sense of organisation. They can feel like you are a passenger on some kind of mind-bus. That randomness feels unsettling and can often be a cause of stress; never a good idea.
Having a creative place, can help your mind bring some organisational structure to those thoughts. That structure can in turn instil an inward sense of calm. Now don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting that all is well, that your problems are solved. No, I am suggesting that you will have more of a chance of constructively thinking about the matters in hand.
That organisation, allows you to gently get off the mind-bus and survey the situation presented before you. It may allow you to prepare for an unpleasant time, or better craft a positive experience; it is important.
In this current world which has a fascination of things, we are often driven to destinations and places. The things that we want to own, the places that we want to go. When considering a creative place, it is reasonable to view it through that particular lens. Finding your place becomes an itinerary of possibilities, and a mind feeling of panic trends as part of this search.
I started this by describing the location where I am writing this, but also expressing that this is not indeed, my creative place. Sure, it is the place that I am writing at the moment, but it is not where the creative seed for this article was sown.
That place is somewhere full of magical intent. It is a gloriously complicated landscape populated with, regret, joy, fear, and hope.
For me, it is that moment at 3:30am when I finally fall asleep. Specifically, it is that fiery space just before I fall into the abyss of the sleep landscape. That complex place in my mind that is rammed full of the intoxicating mix of fear and hope.
My creative place , is located squarely in my mind and not an idilic physical location full of white muses playing flutes.
To be honest, it has taken many years to get this point; to arrive at this juncture.
I have to say dear reader, that having recognised the importance of a creative place, and in turn letting go of that responsibility of discovering a physical location, I have removed that particular stress-point and found something else.
The location in my mind, in my self, is richer and more textured than anything I could have discovered elsewhere.
Better than that, our minds are freely accessible by ourselves. Even if full of challenging content, they are in essence, the core of our creative thought and by extension our creative output.
So, as we have moved into another week, another month, another year, indeed another decade, give yourself the gift of the stillness of thought and allow those thoughts to meander into the landscape of your glorious mind.
I promise that it will be worth it.
The calm that an English Pint of Ale can provide …
taken from my own personal YouTube playlist
Ray Lamontagne - Three More Days. The pentup then release passion in this performance, is wonderful.
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