The following is an excerpt from my book, Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius, and Complete Your Best Work, released on August 1st, 2017. It pretty well sums up where I am at the moment.
Creating our best work often requires a lot of energy, and, as satisfying as it is, it can leave us feeling depleted and raw. Photo by tomertu, Adobe Stock.
A few months ago, David Sherry was stuck. The photographer and co-founder of Death to the Stock Photo says he felt like he was “making sequels instead of originals.” Photo courtesy of David Sherry.
“Lack of time” is a common excuse for avoiding creative projects.
While our schedules are often scapegoats for the real problem (crippling self-doubt), it’s also true that many of us are too tired and overwhelmed most of the time to do the work that calls to us most deeply.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
In an open-concept office, in front of 50 colleagues, I burst into tears.
“I’m sorry, Trupti, I just couldn’t…” I was blubbering so hard I couldn’t even finish my sentence.
I wasn’t always grateful to have been born into a family of yogis. As a preteen, I watched my dad doing “peacock pose” on the picnic table in our campsite and thought, Why can’t we just be normal? As it turns out, it’s a good thing we weren’t, because if we had been, I’d probably be dead. 1. Meditation saved my life “Yoga” to my parents meant more than fancy postures, and Transcendental Meditation was its most important aspect. I first learned the children’s version of TM when I was four. My dad, a certified teacher, taught me how to repeat a secret mantra silently while I wandered and played. When I practised my “word of wisdom,” I felt content. When I was ten, he gave me the grown-up version, in which I still repeated the mantra silently, only now, I did it sitting down, with my eyes closed. In junior high school, like most kids, I was obsessed with fitting in. I didn’t like being different. Meditation was different. I quit doing it until, nearly …
I’d wanted to write about the most important creativity lesson I learned this year, and I’d thought it was “Quit your whining and get on with it,” but my apparent inability to write that post indicated I was perhaps wrong about that.
Tina Bridgman knows how to make art when it looks impossible: she plays guitar with one hand. Here are her tips for squashing doubt to make beautiful stuff. Photo: Courtesy of Tina Bridgman.