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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Posted by Vicki On 9:55 AM
I am teaching a creativity class through adult education at Delta College - SICL. My first class was yesterday. This is the first time teaching this class 'live' and not online. What I learnt was that I had too much information to impart for the two hour time slot! Better more information than not, but I will have to tweak the six-week class to fit a live platform.

It's true what Dali said: "A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others." Salvador Dali

Monday, June 22, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 6:57 AM

Maria Popova wrote in a post:

I think a great deal about the difference between routine and ritual as a special case of our more general and generally trying quest for balance — ripped asunder by the contrary longings for control and whimsy, we routinize daily life in order to make its inherent chaos more manageable, then ritualize it in order to imbue its mundanity with magic, which by definition violates the predictable laws of the universe.

I like this definition. We teach about the importance of ritual in our creativity class. Rituals can help lead to habits that support your creative practice. Even creativity needs practice and ritual can set your intention and determination toward fulfilling your goal.

Art Markman wrote in a post:

To really develop a habit for creative practice, you need a regular ritual. For example, Stephen King (a prolific and creative writer) sits down each morning to write for a few hours. He compares the process of getting ready to write to the ritual of getting ready to go to sleep.

Rituals don't have to be elaborate. They can be as simple as my ritual of cleaning my working space before I begin a creative project.

Setting a daily ritual to practice creative ideas will help you make the time you need to be creative.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 9:24 AM

Moving our bodies is a great way to feed our creative spirit.

There is a wonderful article on Brainpickings that discuss wanderlust:

With the hindsight of a decade and a half, Solnit’s book emerges as triply timely today, as we struggle to master that ever more precarious balancing act of living with presence in the age of productivity. She writes:

Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking. Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes a delicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. It is a bodily labor that produces nothing but thoughts, experiences, arrivals.
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