The most sacred place dwells within our heart, where dreams are born and secrets sleep, a mystical refuge of darkness and light, fear and conquest, adventure and discovery, challenge and transformation. Our heart speaks for our soul every moment while we are alive. Listen… as the whispering beat repeats: be…gin, be…gin, be…gin. It’s really that simple. Just begin… again. ~Royce Addington
I received a comment yesterday on my post about my 2013 missions that truly resonated with me. Martha posted “I think of creativity as a good well. The deeper you go, the more you draw out, the better and easier it flows.” When I came upon this quote it reaffirmed this for me.
I make a point to soothe my soul which in turn nourishes my creativity. I’ve mentioned how nature speaks to me and envelopes me in peace. If I can’t get out to hike or canoe a simple walk through the neighborhood is enough to clear my head and lungs and lift my spirit. I take others measures of encouragement as well. Music and scented candles elevate my mood as well as good food and drink. A long hot bath with essential oils does wonders for my soul.
I think the most important thing I do for myself is connecting with God. While like most people I pray before bed, but I also give thanks every morning as I look out into nature. I also have casual conversations with God through the day. But I’ve always wondered if there is a proper way to pray. I mean we learn to pray from watching others or perhaps when our souls have led us to seek God. Some say to go to Him with an open heart (which is what I do). Others believe in repetition or scripture quoting. For my 2013 I’ve decided to nurture my prayer life. (Does this even make sense?) Anyway, I’ve made a string of prayer beads to help me stay focused. I can still speak from my heart but have a guide to stay on track and perhaps commune on a deeper level.
I found a reference for making prayer/meditation beads. It suggests you choose whatever beads speak to you. I chose stone beads because I like the feel of them. I selected various beads for personal reasons. I used amethyst, citrine, tiger eye, onyx, moonstone, red jasper, green aventurine, turquoise, labradorite, mookite, carnelian, and sodalite.
Always remember to take care of your own spiritual/personal needs. It enables us to take care of others and fosters our creativity. Here’s a link I found with ways to nurture creativity.
“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” — George Kneller