I’ve been wondering about my creative practice.
Is it meaningful in the light of what’s going on in the world? Maybe you’ve been thinking the same?
What if you were prohibited from creating?
As I found myself pondering this question recently, I imagined myself in the opposite position.
What would my life be like if I was prohibited from expressing myself freely due to living under a repressive regime?
(The way it was for Spanish women authors such as Elena Fortún during the dictatorship in Spain under Franco?)
Thinking about that was enough to convince me that it's my moral duty to keep creating! How lucky I am to have the complete freedom to do so!
Creating is good for your health
In fact, research shows that the creative act helps to keep us mentally healthy and relaxed.
It even has a positive effect on our physical well-being! And it goes without saying that well-being is our number one priority right now.
Connect with something transcendental
For me, one of the most important aspects of creating is that it helps to connect us to something timeless. Something outside our current day to day situation.
Again, this is really important now.
It's an alternative to focussing constantly on Coronavirus updates. Definitely a recipe for despair.
Life after Coronavirus
Finally, while I know it’s hard to picture it right now, a version of ‘normal’ life will resume at some point.
Wouldn’t it be great to come out of this time with something positive to show for it?
This is even more important for those of us in stricter lockdowns who can’t get out to exercise or spend time in nature.
Creating, more meaningful than ever
So I don’t know about you, but for me creating still feels meaningful during this crisis. Or perhaps even more meaningful than ever.
Regular creative practice can ground us in something positive, productive and rewarding. And, at the same time, it lets our imagination escape from the harsh realities of the current crisis.
Weekly audio recordings during Coronavirus lockdown
While the world remains in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic , I’m going to record a new audio from my studio each week.
I'll be talking about the trials, tribulations and surprising upsides of creating during lockdown.
These recordings are unedited riffs on a theme. I hope they’ll feel just like I’m chatting to you!
This week I talk about:
The Sketchbook subscription will not be televised
As I mentioned before, impromptu recordings from the studio are part of the offering in my upcoming Sketchbook subscription.
And don’t forget, the first in my sketchbook series will be FREE.
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