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Keys to Creativity: Vulnerability.


Fear is one of the main impediments to enjoying life fully, creating, and being who we are. At some point something shifted for us as a society and gradually we started trading genuineness, openness, and honesty for fear and closeness.

We’ve been collectively buying into the myth that being open and vulnerable, as a general rule with few exceptions, is something negative and equated these terms to being weak.

To avoid feeling weak we resort to stuffing down our feelings, repressing and suppressing our emotions to a point of numbness and an inability to recognize our own feelings and figure out how to deal with them.


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Keys to creativity: Honesty.


Creativity is a rather abstract concept; it is hard to fully comprehend and observe all its internal workings because it’s not something you can put your finger on. The final (end) product of the creative endeavor is tangible, but the process involved to get to it is hardly quantifiable. There is no instruction manual that will teach you the formula for creativity which will lead to success; after all, creativity is a state, a subjective one that manifests itself differently from one person to the next.


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Keys to creativity: Solitude.


The concept of solitude is getting a bad name lately, in the era of social everything. We’re both connected and disconnected at the same time and creativity cannot survive or emerge in environments that do not encourage it. Solitude has come to represent something negative and anti-social, when in fact it is a very effective tool in achieving creativity, reaching that place within that needs to be explored and expressed.


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How to overcome feelings of guilt


I have an issue with how we use the word “should”. I’ve been battling with its' influence for over 10 years consciously, and have struggled with it for most of my life. Maybe you too have been in the same boat, if not consciously then unconsciously. In the moments I was feeling frustrated I would say that “should’s” ruin lives. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration although in reality, “should” and “should not’s” truly impact our lives to the core.


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How fear destroys creativity and what to do about it.


We are all born creative, to various degrees. The innovations and inventions past and present have been brought to life by people like you and me. Well, maybe not entirely like us, because our unique environment and experiences always set us apart and change our perception of the world.

So why is it that even though we are born creative and are able of creative endeavors, we can still make ourselves believe that “I’m not the creative type”? What happened to the child that used to dream and fashion tools for his discovery?

 



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Ruminating with purpose


There are hundreds of articles and books that guide you to stop looking back at your past in order to move forward. I’m sure you’ve heard of or encountered at some point in your life someone to tell you that you need to get over your past or certain aspects of it. What does that even mean?


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A beautiful thing called Choice

“I can always choose, but I ought to know that if I do not choose, I am still choosing” (J.P. Sartre). There have been times in your life when you felt like there are no choices to be made or maybe you figured that because you cannot see additional possibilities, then there are none. You rationalize that when it comes to things that are external to you, you have no choice in the matter. If you can think of the situations that shaped your current views on choice, you might realize that most if not all have something in common: you either felt overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the choices available. In such instances, our thinking is no longer abstract and filled with possibilities; rather it becomes split in a black and white type of mentality. Why is that?