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16 Affirmations for Nurturing Creativity

Kickstart your creative self with these positive affirmations.

5 Questions for Julia Cameron

1. Why do you think people assume “it’s too late” to get creative in midlife?Ours is a youth-oriented culture. Our media perpetuates this myth. Magazines glorify the exploits and&n…

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be More Creative

Take time to reboot your imagination

5 Ways to Use Art for Reconnecting to Yourself

Here are five art-inspired techniques anyone can try.

A Room of One’s Own

Many of us have an inner artist we want to nourish, but not the budget for a painter’s studio or writer’s retreat. Here’s how to carve out a sacred space for creativity.

Accessing Your Creativity Meditation

Tap into your inner wisdom with this guided meditation.

Bead by Bead

A spiritual journey nourished by constant self-reflection and meditation mala beads.

Blackout Poetry: Creation Through Reduction

Can’t bear to put pen to paper? Start with a page that’s full of words instead of one that’s devoid of them.

Book Review: Big Magic

Big MagicCreative Living Beyond FearBy Elizabeth GilbertRiverhead BooksWith some books, you keep coming across little quotes that you want to share with others, or post on your bat…

Catching Magic by the Tail

An Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert

Channeling Depression Into a Powerful Tool for Creativity

I wouldn't exactly call depression a gift, but I’ve come to accept the restless emptiness and nagging sadness as signals from my soul instead of merely the symptoms of an illness t…

Collaborate on a Painting

Two people, three colors, four layers—and a lot of fun!

Cultural Creatives The Revolution

Frigyes Fogel, FilmmakerThe so-called “Cultural Creatives” comprise over one-third of the adult populations of the United States, Europe, Japan, and other major cosmopolitan cities…

Dance Like No One's Watching: How to Get Your Creative Groove Back

“Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice – one day at a time.” – Julia CameronAs a child, being creative is a natural part of ever…

Embrace Your Inner Slacker

Here are four ways to slack off for more creativity.

Find Your North Star

Let the gravity of your star pull you into your dreams

Fresh Paint

Sponsored Content from Balboa Press

How to Commute Inward

In her beautiful book Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, Dani Shapiro writes, “The deeper I immerse myself in the details—and they are mostly pleasurable—o…

Join a Movement Called Squam

Four years ago, Elizabeth Duvivier had a high-powered job in product development. She had watched her company grow from a small, single-owner entity to a corporate behemoth and was…

Journaling to Rediscover Hidden Interests

Try this journaling exercise to rediscover something you used to be passionate about as a child.

Mastering Creative Anxiety

24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians and Actors from America's Foremost Creativity CoachBy Eric Maisel“Anxiety is part of the human condition,” says Eric Maisel. And it’s “t…

Music Review: Sanctuary

SanctuaryPhil HaynesCorner Store JazzCymbals, chimes, and drums. Sticks, fingers, and brushes. These are some of the raw materials that Phil Haynes beautifully crafts into rhythmic…

My Practice: Spiritual Telepathy

Try this basic form of creative meditation to start building your bridge to the soul.

Out of Stillness, an Idea

My friend Pauline was trying Zentangles—doodling exercises that promise to pull your concentration into drawing in a way that frees the rest of your mind to come up with creative i…

Playing An Instrument Might Help You Age Better

Being a longtime musician aids in reaction times.

Random Acts of Poetry

How to turn any ordinary tree into a poet-tree

Shared Journaling

Instead of keeping a private journal, a shared journal can be a way to use writing to connect or deepen a relationship.

Surprise Yourself with a Nested Meditation

One of the more ingenious tools we’ve found for reframing a tough situation—or simply having fun with words—is a process that psychologist Kevin Anderson calls nested meditation. I…

Take a Walk to Boost Creative Thinking

A new study shows that walking—as opposed to sitting—significantly improves creative thinking. Scientists aren’t sure exactly why yet (more research is coming), but the…

Ten Ways to Use Tarot in Your Everyday Life

Excerpted from The Tarot Coloring Book by Theresa Reed

The Art Inside You

The world needs our creativity, compassion, and intuitive intelligence. Today it is essential that we sense the interconnectedness of our world. Whatever happens to any one of us —…

The Free-Range Brain

Brain imaging studies help us understand different forms of thought patterns.

The Happiness Track: Guilt-Free Time Off

I was wondering how to squeeze in a vacation this summer, and thinking maybe I should work through it or just skip it entirely, with all the other things going one—and suddenly I r…

The Happiness Track: Rest Within Yourself

I recently became a mother (a year and a half ago, to be exact). Before that, I was busy: writing a book and articles, working full-time at Stanford’s Center for Compassion an…

The Link Between Creativity and Movement

Creativity block? A new study suggests that simply making circular movements improves your creativity.

The Lyric Mind

Stephen Sondheim and Steven Pinker talk about music and language at the Rubin Museum of Art

The Pattern of Fulfillment

As a classic intuitive person, I spend my life discovering patterns. As a social psychologist, professor, and priest, I tend to look at groups of people. Over the years I have disc…

The Story of You: Writing as a Tool for Self-Discovery

How do you get started on this journey of writing for self-discovery? Word by word.

The Stubborn Gladness of Elizabeth Gilbert

Before Eat, Pray, Love was a movie and a travel tour, it was a memoir by the award-winning writer Elizabeth Gilbert, whose story of losing and finding herself resonates with just a…

Toolbox: Sweeten Your Practice

Awaken your senses with these fine indulgences.

What Is Your Crazy?

When I was twenty-one, my grandma was bedridden and needed full time care. She was worried that the lady living with her and taking care of her was crazy and asked us to get someon…

What Would the Dalai Lama Do?

Contemplating creativity, compassion, mindfulness, and body image with singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer

What’s on Your List?

Do the items on your list reflect your true self?

Why Do We Feel Awe?

According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.

Why We Must Express What is Inside

Sponsored Content from Kasey Claytor

Write Your Own Self-Compassion Proposal

Compassion is a virtue.But what if, by inborn instinct or after diligent learning and practice, you attain this virtue—deeply feeling and expressing compassion for others of all st…

Writing a Letter of Forgiveness

An adapted excerpt from Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges by Lori Deschene

Writing to Connect to your Body

A major aspect of my practice has always been about coming home to my body. We live in a culture that doesn’t always honor the body; we tend instead to objectify it as this thing t…

Yes, You Are a Creative Genius!

by Craig B. Wynett and T George HDon't give up on corporate America. Breakthrough research in creativity points away from the superstar CEO and toward a selfless, spiritual enterpr…

You Are Wired for Joy

Excerpts from Joyful Living by Amy Leigh Mercree

You're Already the Master of a Craft. But Which Is It?

Last night in the intensive-care unit, someone said of the patient we were visiting: "He was a master of his craft."That craft was drinking. Jaundice made the patient, now sedated,…

Your Assignment: Heal a Parent/Child Relationship with Good Storytelling

We tried talk therapy and it didn’t work. Our attempts at reconciliation always ended in recrimination and competition. The guilt of a father for deserting the family and the pain …

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