on living creatively

"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything."
-Eugene Delacroix

I love the essence of that quote.  I think he is calling us to be free.  Freedom from guilt of using our gifts, freedom to try and fail, freedom to entertain new ideas we feel are too silly or lavish, freedom to take time for ourselves, freedom to splurge a little.

I have been reading a great creative-recovery classic by Julia Cameron called, "The Artist's Way: a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity." It has been expanding my mind as a creative being and clearing the way to become more playful and authentic in my creative pursuits.  Creativity leads to spirituality.  And, spirituality leads to creativity.  I love this quote from the book, "Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.  As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity."

I never feel more alive than when I am letting creativity flow through me.  Maybe it is taking a pencil to my sketchbook, a watercolor brush to the page.  Chopping an array of colorful vegetables for a salad, planting seeds in the garden.  Searching for a piece of music and creating some fun choreography.  Noticing something I haven't seen before like water drops in my herbs or details in a flower bud.  There is something about just noticing the world around me that allows me to connect to the creative part of my soul.

I am learning to listen and be in touch with my creative side, the playful side that longs for beauty and meaning and life.  
It's a new journey, full of unknowns, but I like the journey I'm on.