I recently had a great conversation with a lovely friend, therapy colleague and women’s self-care coach who has put together an interview series on self-care.
I love sharing on online summits because they always ask me to delve deep into my own soul to contemplate what I want to share in conversation with you.
What came up for me in this self-care summit was the topic of burn-out, and how as we can often do too much in an effort to "get ahead."
This past year, I have been teaching myself to calm down through daily mandala making, long meditative walks and taking time for much more sleep!
After ten years of full-time studio work and running a private therapy practice and art facilitation business on the side, my nervous system was really "amped up." I have found it hard to stop and get quiet. I have felt conditioned to "go go go!"
Since I left my art studio job last year, I have been reflecting upon what it means to "work/create inspired" instead of "work/create tired" and I share my insights with you on this for working inspired.
Tips for Working Inspired:
~ Work with enjoyment. If you feel blocked, take a break. When we work too hard, we never get "there." We are always working "towards" something instead of deeply enjoying the creative process as it unfolds right now.
~ Trust your impetus to work, and your impetus to play. When we work hard we feel deprived, of rest, bonding and pleasure, and unknowingly, we keep ourselves in scarcity consciousness. Take some play and connection time when your work feels too difficult.
~ Find the relaxed feeling-tone of your creative vision already fulfilled. When we work hard, we forget to live in vision and inspiration. As visionaries we can choose live in the "feeling-tone" of our creative visions are already fulfilled - right now. This "precognition" of calm and achievement informs the work we need to do today.
~ Practice "enoughness." Ask yourself the questions, "What would I create if I felt like I was good enough right now? What would I create and do if I felt like I had enough money and enough time right now?
~ Work with Love. Working hard is underpinned with fear. Working hard is resistance. When we work and push too hard, we are actually resisting what we want to create. Inspired work is underpinned with love and joy.