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Cats in a cup
Sometimes you have to let life smear and notice it looks less rigidly controlled and more enticingly unique that way.
Cat and message of imperfection

Perfectionism is Creativity's Evil Step-Sister

Required for Creative Success: A Tolerance Muscle

From: Finding Uber Bliss: A Wildly Creative Journey to the Present Moment
We must be willing to fall flat on our faces. Fearlessly putting ourselves out there is simply a required part of the process. At the very least, it results in the gift of humility and, at best, the triumph of our human spirit.
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Often the Muse will not respond to direct and logical requests. She must be lured in with the playful and gentle. — Jill Badonsky

A Conspiracy of Brilliance:
Mindfulness and Creativity

love affair with the present moment I push paint across the canvas, capture a photograph of light, and combine words in white space in an attempt to make that space come alive with the clever, the beautiful, and or the provocative.

But more than that happens.

Engaging in the creative process taps into a rich inner world. But not only does this world provide me with a piece of prose, a painting, and a photograph, it creates a better me. The same qualities and experiences that come into play for creative expression, give me the side effects of being a happier more evolved person.

Surrender, resilience, perseverance, grace, trust, patience, and detachment from the world as a source of happiness are gifts of both creative and spiritual practices.

Both require a love affair with the present moment – both deliver a different view of the world, both heal, nurture higher purposes, give me a freedom like nothing else can provide. Time spent in the creative process effortlessly cultivates my spirituality; and spiritual practices fortify my creative mind.
Mindfulness and creativity can also elude me. Consistent with the popularly practiced bad habits of the masses, I can be inconsistent, distracted, lack follow-through, resist my good intentions, fold under pressure and comparison, procrastinate, fear I am wasting my time and my money, doubt myself, use cruel and unusual self-talk to sabotage both my spiritual and creative progress.

Yet on the other hand, when I partake in simple, creative adventures designed to be easy, irresistible and amusing, I more easily move past bad habits and acquire the same spiritual merits that bestow happiness. Remove the pressure and ask: How can I make this fun?

creative freedom is right under your nose.

I discover that even as an imperfect human there ARE ways to maintain consistency, create habits of follow-through, persist without pressure, translate comparison to something more comfortable, and learn, little by little to trust the process and believe in myself.

When I do this in creative style: making associations, connections, altering reality, waxing imaginatively, beginning small and imperfect, and grooming an individual authenticity that lifts me out of the doldrums of convention, the contagion of cowardice, and the prevalence of blind cooperation to a small set of predilections, indefinable adventures carry me down a river of a timelessness, agelessness, it's a struggle free journey and I enter a territory of abundant bliss.

This is the province of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching.