What does it mean to chill? To step out of the fray, the urgent drive of efficiency and doing. To relax, to play, to respond to your own inner rhythms instead of the demands of the world.
Chilling is vital to our creativity. I’ve seen this with myself and my clients. We like getting things done, but without relaxing time, our victories are hollow.
Here are ten ways I see chilling as vital to creativity.
1 Our health drives everything! Nothing is made on an empty tank. Chilling helps us stay healthy.
2 Some of the best art is made from ‘happy accidents’. (Champagne!) When we chill, we open the door for surprises that can inform our art.
3 Space breeds originality. Filling ourselves constantly with others’ work supplants our original impulse.
4 Laughter and joy lighten us up. Returning to play and innocence refreshes our spirit in difficult times.
5 Insights have a landing pad when we’re open and ready. Valuable new perspectives can alight on the open fields of space in our days. Receptivity is vital to our creativity.
6 When we chill, we connect with the world around us. It’s vital for our work to be attuned to our senses.
7 Our imagination is our superpower. Daydreaming, visioning, and imagining only happen when we have space to chill.
8 Chilling feels good and nourishes our nervous systems. We need that in these stressful times.
9 Chilling often connects us with others. We almost always get new insights for our work, or at least a desire to get back to it after being with others.
10 How have you seen chilling as vital to your creative process? Share in a comment below.
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