“Oh no, I am not creative, you should see me paint or draw…”
We to often associate creativity with visual arts, which is only a
fraction of what creativity consists of. When you cook, you create. When
you garden, you create. When you re-organise your room, you create.
When you sing, you create.
This process of thinking with the
heart, this process of problem solving, this process of getting from
point A to point B is in my opinion, a very important variable of
happiness and peace… and peace and happiness are key elements of
physical health. We need to bring back the reflex of creating, through
arts, cooking or gardening. We need to work with our hands, our hearts
and our brains all at once. This brings a feeling of wholeness, a
feeling of gratification and a productive and positive way of expressing
(often) suppressed emotions. This is indeed what Freud called
sublimation, a beautiful word!
To me, creativity is intimately linked with happiness because it
allows to express part of our essence, something that is inherently part
of us. Why is creativity part of who we are? This is my logic … humans
are part of nature. We are therefore nature… and what does nature do,
all the time? It creates! Therefore… humans need to create to express
part of their fundamental essence!
Take a pen and start writing,
take a brush and start painting, take a shovel and start digging. You
have here a simple and accessible way of relaxing, growing, and
ultimately, cultivating and contributing to your well-being.