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Seven Ways Nature Reflects the Creative Process

 

I do love this time of the year.  Here, in the Southern Hemisphere, we have fully blossomed into Spring.

The colourful riot of flowers, the fresh lime leaves and the chirpiness of the birds is everywhere.

The Tuis – our New Zealand native birds  just love dangling from the branches – from any angle they can as they suck the juices out of the beautiful cherry pink blossoms, Kowhais and other garden plants.

After the cold, dark and weary winter, the contrast is significant including the bounce in people’s steps.

Seeing the lushness of the new during my walk this sunny afternoon, I began reflecting on how nature reflects the creative process.

1)  Cycles – the natural cycle of the seasons reflects the creative process. Sometimes our creativity is just flourishing and at other times it feels as if it has gone underground.

2)  Diversity – this season, more than others, highlights the diversity in nature with all the varied colours, shapes, sizes and smells of the different flora and fauna appearing together.

Creativity also emerges and thrives with diversity of thoughts and ideas.

3)  Smells– the heady perfume of jasmine and the gentle whiff of wisteria this afternoon was intoxicating under the strong sun.

Our feel good hormones and creative juices get aroused with certain smells, which are pleasing and/or have some previous positive memories associated with them.

4)  Happy accidents  – as per nature with the unplanned flowers and shrubs popping up in unexpected spots including the paved footpath – creativity also ‘pops up’ as we have that special  ‘ah ha’ realization at an unexpected time and place.

Nature frees our clogged up minds and lets our imagination roam free.

5)  Juxtapositions– this again mirrors the creative process, as it is the previously uncombined thoughts and juxtapositioning of ideas, which result in new insights and solutions.

Nature breaks the rules, as does the creative process in discovering new things.

6)  Giving shape – nature evolves organically with some input from us e.g. when we give shape to our gardens.

Creativity also thrives with our input – when we marshal our nascent thoughts and ideas into some form.

7)  Joy– last but not least, Spring lifts our spirit leaving behind sodden months, preparing us for sunshine – and hope.

Ultimately the creative process is a joyous one.

 

 

 

Leadership Call: The One Truth You Cannot Afford to Ignore

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
– E.E. Cummings

Listen to your inner self!

During our busy year of meeting deadlines and juggling the demands and expectations of others and self, we can be left with little time for meaningful reflection of our lives.

After all, most of our energy is caught up in just keeping things going.
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Reflection: What Seeds are we Planting?

A friend who had been away from home for several weeks was complaining about how much the weeds had grown in his absence. And worse, before he could attend to this, he had to take another unscheduled trip, which left no competition between him and the rambling mini forest (okay – a wee exaggeration!) on his return.

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Should I Keep Struggling or Throw in the Towel and Move On?

We are delighted to have this guest post from Srikumar Rao.

Srikumar Rao is a professor, author, consultant and TED speaker. His
work has been profiled in major media worldwide and he has been 
interviewed frequently by TV and radio networks. His course “Creativity
and Personal Mastery” was among the most popular and highest rated
at many of the world’s top business schools and is the only one to have
its own alumni association. To learn more visit www.theraoinstitute.com

A framework that helps you decide when to keep it and when to give up.

Aphorisms and proverbs sometimes pack powerful wisdom. We are fond of quoting them and using them to guide our behavior or to explain it.

But have you noticed how many of them contradict each other?

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Change: The Joys and Challenges of Life

 

cherry pathI was heading home after a busy Friday. Seeing the traffic ahead, I decided to turn right into a street I very rarely use.

And boy, was I glad I did!

Barely had I gone down a few hundred meters, when I got welcomed by these wonderful, bright pink, cherry trees, many in full bloom.

Just last week I had written a post on the unexpected little joys of life.

The bigger two trees in the corner were full of tuis (NZ bird) ‘tuiting’ away, absolutely lost in the moment and in ecstatic delight of the honey nectar. It is as if, amongst the branches and the blooms, they were having a music and rhythm festival all of their own!

One of the neighbours, similarly enthralled, along with the cat came outside and we started chatting.

We stood there, very much in the moment, admiring the magical, colourful bounty and the blessings of nature.

cherry treeSeasons and change

Here in New Zealand, our Spring season has just begun. It really is a delight seeing all the lovely magnolias, cherry blossoms, sweet-smelling Jasmine, daffodils, early cheers amongst others, appear, after the dull winter.

It got me thinking – we welcome the change of seasons but are we as welcoming of the inevitable changes in our lives? (more…)

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