I recently had a great conversation with my lovely friend Egypt Burge, a 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. After ten years of intense work, I was conditioned to "go go go!"
Since I left my art studio job last year, I have been reflecting upon what it means to "work inspired" instead of "work tired." An interesting question to ask yourself is "What would I create in my life if I felt like I was enough as I am?"
When we feel like we are "not enough" we often work too hard to compensate. If you are a creative person who is working too hard and spinning your wheels trying to make a living, this video is for you!
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 time play and enjoy a connection with loved ones 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 with 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 creates resistance. When we work and push too hard, we are actually resisting what we want to create. Inspired work is underpinned with love, joy, and ease.
The free phototherapy course mentioned in the interview is here: