The lazy days of summer offer the perfect opportunity to develop one of the most needed creative characteristics – the need to be receptive.
We’re so active, busy and booked in our daily lives that we rarely slow down to simply listen and receive inspiration.
This receptive space – a wee horizontal rest, a walk around the neighborhood, a pause at a café or under a tree – is vital for the creative process.
Our best ideas seem to come when we’re looking at them askance. Solutions to problems arise after directed focus, then release of that focus to allow.To allow new perspectives and possibilities arise.
Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action writes about this need to enjoy down time and I’ve written about how to take mini creative excursions throughout your day.
When you slow down, you are more attractive to juju – ideas, solutions, serendipity and the joy of simple pleasures.
How to slow down when your days are packed with to-dos?
Some reminders on how to be receptive:
- Start by being receptive to your body. Notice when it’s tired and calls you to stop and rest.
- Be aware of what you’re receiving when surfing online – ideas, beliefs, more information – and be curious about how those influences are impacting you.
- Be sure to have interstices of time – wee cracks between scheduled things – where you feel free to choose what you want to do.
- Release the notion that you have to make everything happen right now. See what occurs when you allow things to happen instead.
- Get comfortable not knowing what’s next in your work or life. Don’t fret if you don’t know how you’re going to execute on your great ideas yet.
- Stop trying to figure it out. Lie down under a tree and let answers come.
Let summer’s heat be an invitation to slow down and receive. In order to be truly receptive, you need to tap into trust.
Can you trust yourself to step away from the computer, to set aside your obligations in order to take ten minutes for rest and receptivity?