Relax Like a Creative Pro

Breathe in…

Breathe out.

Breathe in…

Breathe out.

I was going to do something today, but didn’t finish doing nothing from yesterday.

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Think about that one. Sounds kinda, well unambitious, huh? But there are two sides to every coin. Let’s explore…

To engage in behavior that is pure enjoyment rather than goal-targeted, exercising purpose that is not pragmatic is the alternative to doing something we most probably should be doing. Something totally pointless, like watching the grass grow.

If we engage in a little truancy on daily responsibilities, we just might find a sense of fulfillment we wouldn’t think we deserve. A thought that too often is embedded in our daily lives. To counteract this negative thought, the bane of creativity, we might investigate a way to just relax.

It may take looking to things we don’t readily notice or take the time to enjoy. Finding simple experiences that require little from us mentally…

Peering out of the window as the seasons change and lay the garden to rest. The moment guides us toward an inner peace and sense of well-being. Disengage from demands and let your mind drift.

Following the fish as they swim around in the pond, finding competition in the color of the fallen leaves. Experiences that open us to possibility and creativity. Not thinking of necessary daily activities opens the relaxed mind to creative thought.

Watching the raging waters wear down ice-age old rock, thinking about times long past. Such experiences supply sustenance for our souls and put current things into perspective.

Admiring the sky as it paints a canvas of color in the setting sun, or gazing at the reflection of the clouds in a still lake is meditative and refreshing. Daydream your way to creativity.  Excavate buried dreams.

Witnessing a bird building a nest right outside one’s window is fascinating and relaxing. The small gesture makes us smile and smiling releases ‘feel good’ endorphins.

Better yet, get on your feet and take a walk to relax with nature. Take a few photos. The whole outlook on the day improves. All this ‘doing nothing’ aides in things of necessity you need to get done, especially if they are things that need solution or creative expression.

Simple inspirational pleasures where doing nothing is really doing something very important.

Breathe in…

Breathe out.

Breathe in…

Breathe out.

Part of a series on thoughts on creativity, where things are not always as they seem.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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23 Responses to Relax Like a Creative Pro

  1. Lovely observations, and I’m pretty sure that I’m a pro at this truancy method of freshening up! Your photos are gorgeous as always.

  2. A.M.B. says:

    Beautiful, calming images!

  3. Brian Comeau says:

    Thank you Donna. I needed this… These images are amazing!

  4. Karen says:

    I enjoyed the images and the reminder to take time for simply breathing and being in the moment, instead of letting the mind race off on other pursuits.

  5. waji2 says:

    absolutely amazing… mesmerizing shots…especially the bird and fishes 🙂

  6. newvoice says:

    You have made my Thursday morning! Inspiring and beautiful photography. I want to grab my camera and share the love!

  7. Yay to watching grass grow!

  8. It has taken me a long time to learn that doing nothing is as important as doing something. Too many of us feel guilty about relaxing. We think that exercising in a gym is constructive, but taking a walk on a sunny afternoon is goofing off. We’re surprised when a good idea comes to us in the shower. I know understand that in order to be creative and productive, I need to take breaks from the computer.

  9. Sue says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Even though I recognize the benefit, I have a very difficult time relaxing (doing nothing) without feeling guilty. Probably because there is always so much that has to be done. Maybe if I add “relax” to the to-do list, I’ll feel much better about it.

  10. Beautiful posting, Donna, that really struck a cord! I’ll try not to stay away so long in future. P. x

  11. celine says:

    I simply had a moment of pure grace… your photos are amazing

  12. a3acrefarm says:

    Sometimes my husband says to me, “You may be resting on the outside, but you’re running around like crazy on the inside.” How well he knows me. Your post is an essential reminder. As always, your images are breathtaking.

  13. lula says:

    There are weeks when I need to remember breathe in, …. out, great reminder from you about serenity in daily life. Decided: I am going to have a relaxed evening. Thank you!

  14. Loving your post such a calming influence for me this morning – great photos too:) Happy Thursday!

  15. You are so right. I often feel like I should be accomplishing something all the time and then if I don’t have anything “to do” I am at a loss.

  16. skeeter says:

    Your photos are wonderful and your words so inspiring. It is time for me to go on a walk now…

  17. Thanks you all for the comments. I learned so long ago the power of doing nothing. The key to doing nothing to spark inspiration is really not trying. It has to be spontaneous. Some of my best architectural design schemes came from putting it completely out of my mind and being surrounded by things visually stimulating, but not mentally taxing.

    Like Connie said, I too have gotten great ideas from taking a warm bath by candle light, not the most convenient of places, but the most relaxing. Staring at the flicker of the candle is really mind numbing. So literally, the light can go off.

  18. The little bird especially touched me, so sweet! Yes, all the “should do’s” in our lives kill creativity, and usually there’s a long list. Some things must be done, but I’m thankful that I’ve reached a point in my life where I have time to create again. A whole world that I forgot about has opened up again. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about that process 🙂

  19. My creative way is also communing with nature doing nothing. With my long hours, I find the need to breathe which is hardier than we think somedays. Hope you are feeling much better.

  20. thequeenofseaford says:

    I would love to take a break with you, seeing life through your eyes. Just beautiful.

  21. I meant to read this one the other day, but I got sidetracked. I am glad I came back. This is another lovely post, Donna. I particularly love the capture of the bird with nesting material. I find I am much more creative when I am relaxed and don’t have anything pressing like a deadline looming. I am more open and able to take in more and play. This post puts me in that mood. Wonderful!

  22. Les says:

    Very sound advice!

  23. Thanks for a well-written and well-illustrated post on a topic we all need to be reminded of.

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