We Are All Creative: Slow Down to Connect with Yourself

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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  ~Socrates

As a people, we are busy. Busy is our mantra. Busy equals successful. Busy equals value. Sometimes all busy really equals is busy.

It’s important to be engaged, and we need to do what it takes to survive and thrive, but sometimes what we are seeking has less to do with being busy and more to do with just being.

Most of us experience an over-scheduled, hypercompetitive world. We’re constantly bombarded by images and messages that mold our thoughts, minds, and ultimately the way we live our lives. 

This can make it difficult to cultivate our own thoughts and create from our inner selves. We get so wrapped up in the messages, ideas, and perspectives presented to us that we may become disconnected from our own source of original thought and creativity.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of being a consumer of what already exists rather than becoming the source of our own creative ideas and beliefs.

We need to unplug from the vast network of what already exists and tap into our inner source and creative well.

It’s wonderful to engage in the outer world and absorb what others have already created, but that is only a part of the whole experience. Absorbing and learning from what exists and combining it with our own creative thought is a powerfully dynamic interaction.

Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher who spent countless hours in deep reflective thought. It was from this quiet space of universal creativity and deep thought that he brought forth some of the most fundamental philosophical contributions to society.

He engaged in, observed, and absorbed the outer world in which he lived and then tapped into his own creative inner workings. If Socrates were always on the go, the world would never have received his unique creative gifts. 

During a period of time in my life, I was going to graduate school, working, settling into my new role of being a mom and a wife, taking care of a home, and running around try to keep pace with my busy schedule.

I felt engaged to the outer world but disconnected from my inner world. I was consuming many books and learning many concepts but was not producing any of my own ideas. I was looking at the world through everyone else’s eyes and learning amazing things, but I felt a great need to tinker with my own thoughts and create.

I was like a stone skipping along the water—never having enough downtime to sink beneath the surface and connect to my inner source of creativity. 

I decided I would never let another week pass without taking at least an hour of downtime to disengage from the busyness of my outer world and connect to my inner world.

During this time, a slow shift occurred. At first, the time spent in my “creative space” was mostly a form of relaxation, getting used to the process of silence and getting comfortable with just being. 

As time passed, I started to experience a connection to flow, and now I am deeply connected to the creative process and create daily. I now feel more alive and paradoxically more engaged than ever.

I still have a busy life, but now I realize that having access to my inner source of creativity gives me a sense of fulfillment that I cannot find outside of myself. This connection also provides me with the energy I need to manage my schedule. 

We are all creative. Tapping into our inner source requires that we unplug from our busy lives and spend time in our “creative space.”

No one can see the world quite like you do. No one can express themselves quite like you do.   You are unique and creative. Make time to pop into your creative space.

Know that it is okay to take time out from your busy schedule. Maybe what you’re striving for will be found in the silence of your creative space.

Know that we are all creative. Even if you haven’t created anything lately or perhaps have never explored this part of you.

Know that there are things you can do to cultivate an atmosphere to help you connect to your creative flow. Some of them include:

  • Create a soothing space away from distractions.
  • Put on soft lighting.
  • Put on some “streamy” music.
  • Listen to sounds of nature, like running water.
  • Meditate for a few minutes.
  • Doodle to get past mental blocks.
  • Try stream of consciousness journaling.
  • Take a walk before settling into your “space.”
  • Try to connect things that seem disconnected.

How do you connect to your creative flow? Share you ideas, story, or plan of action in the comments below.

May the silent space of your creative flow serve as the foundation of your busy life.         

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  • TB at

    Honestly, I think that everyone is too busy. You’re right on about that. Work, kids, spouse, sidejobs, driving, seeing people, going out, TV, movies, and then we’ve recently piled smartphones and computers on top of that. We’re always busy adn doing, and when we’re not because we’re waiting in line or at a stoplight, we’re pulling out our phones. Heck, we even pull out our phones when we ARE already busy doing something. It’s ridiculous. People seem to think “doing nothing” is a sign of laziness, but I think it’s more a sign of smarts. It’s smart to just stop. Stop doing everything. Relax! Think! Enjoy! GREAT post.

  • Thanks TB!
    It’s kinda like a run away train. And it’s likely to keep picking up speed. The key is to remember we can get off the train and take some time to tap into our creative flow, rest, enjoy nature or just be. It’s the other side of the coin and is equally important to your wellness and growth in all areas of your life. Be sure to take a moment to unplug and breathe today : )

  • Now that I’m almost 60, I’m looking both backward and forward. I look backward to gain perspective on what I did that was important, what was necessary, what was simply busywork, and what was to feed my ego. I want to spend my future doing what is important and necessary and forget the rest. Self expression is important in any form, connecting with friends and family is important, doing what is necessary to survive is important. Reflection is important, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be spent sitting still. Meditation can be done while pulling weeds in the garden, knitting, petting the cat, or any number of ways. Connecting with nature is very important to me. Connecting with the computer is highly addictive, but some days that is how I connect with other people and to learn about things. I do not need a smartphone at all, so I don’t have one.

  • I couldn’t agree with you more Tamara…yours are wise words. Quiet/free time gives us the space to gain perspective, reflect, expand our self expression in many forms, connect with friends,family, nature… This is a profound part of the human experience. I’m with you on the meditation…I do walking meditations and feel very meditative when I’m in the ocean. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing 🙂

  • You’re right, Sheila. I suspect that most people are afraid to look at what might lie underneath their monumental busyness. It may be a good hiding place for loneliness, insecurity, fear, or other things we’d rather not think, feel or deal with. The ideal is a balance between doing and being. On its own, the former can become completely purposeless and “going through the motions,” while the former can become completely stagnant and unproductive. It’s important to challenge ourselves, especially if we’re at the mercy of either of these extremes and want more (or less) from life.

  • I agree Jack…strive for balancing the two. It seems like so many people now a days have the busy part down so I often find myself encouraging people to step back and take a breath…gain perspective, reflect and create. You make a great point about busyness being a way to avoid and mask things like loneliness and fear. And actually creativity is a great way to address many issues like fear. Thank you so much for your insightful comment 🙂

  • Raya Wolfsun

    Thank you for this article! This part gave me a minor epiphany:

    “He engaged in, observed, and absorbed the outer world in which he lived and then tapped into his own creative inner workings.”

    It’s all about the *balanced combination* of engaging the outer and inner world (and, I should like to add, engaging them *deeply*). For I can relate to the experience of “(re)connecting to flow” but from the opposite side: I had become quite self-absorbed, stuck in a mentality of ‘escaping’ my circumstances, and what brought back the spark of life was learning how to engage the world around me better.

  • Raya, your comment made my day! I too have experienced being “stuck” and trying to escape. My focus now is the dynamic interaction of the inner and outer world 🙂

  • Excellent points Sheila. I’m an active entrepreneur, and realized just recently the importance of mastering internal peace in addition to external pursuits. When I’m more comfortable with myself, I’m significantly more productive, and my judgement is crisper. A lot of practical advantages of this in addition to emotional.

  • Thank you R.C. I think when your working from inner contentment and strength your bound to see your productivity increase and guide you. Ah, yes, thanks for pointing out that it serves both practical and emotional aspects. Maybe delve into that in another post : )

  • Thanks for sharing Sheila! When we actually unplug and focus on ourselves for a bit, we get the most inspired, creative, productive. For me, I’ve found that I actually have to designate, carve out this time. I’m not simply going to find the solitary time to be creative and connect with my inner source for inspiration. It has to be scheduled in 🙂

  • My pleasure! I’m glad to hear that you schedule the time to be quietly creative : )

  • Jenny Sassoon

    Great post Sheila! I really enjoyed it. Really spoke to me. Thank you.

  • Thanks Jenny! I’m so glad enjoyed it!

  • Carolyn Loo

    Thanks Sheila.. I guess when we actually take the time to focus on ourself, we will unearthed potentials that we are unaware in us. Striking
    A balance is the key here. At many times, slowing down and connecting with ourself will also help us face with our greatest fear or our demon. By doing so only we are able search our Quest.

  • Bianca

    I Love this article ^_^

  • Thank you for highlighting that Carolyn…unearthed potentials. It took me a long time to start unearthing potentials.

  • Thank you Bianca : )