What To Do When the Tide Ebbs

Creativity isn’t always a flow state. When you can’t produce it’s time to consume.

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Sayulita, Nayarit. All rights mine. © 2017

Visual Stimulation

Watch Documentaries
Anything Sir David Attenborough does is a gift to the senses. Treat yourself to The Blue Planet, Planet Earth or Frozen Planet for some serenely blissful cinematography and a profound homage to the natural world.

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“El Árbol de la Vida”. Museum of Contemporary Art. Santiago, Nuevo Leon; Hung Liu, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Eugene, OR
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Denmark wasn’t on my bucket list but after five weeks there it is on my must-return-to list. L-R, Storebælt Bridge between Zealand and Funen islands, Kastellet Military Citadel in Copenhagen and Bregentved Manor in Haslev. All rights mine. © 2014

Physical Inspiration

Hike or Walk in Nature
The benefits of getting back to nature are well documented and doctors in Scotland are even prescribing nature for patients suffering from diabetes to mental health issues. The combination of fresh air and physical activity are necessary reprieves from the concrete jungles most of us inhabit.

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The Willamette River from the north bank. Eugene, OR. All rights mine.

Mental Stimulation

Read fiction. If you are normally a non-fiction reader maybe you need to suspend your disbelief and give your mind a creative break. If you really want to stretch your imagination try sci-fi or fantasy if you haven’t explored those genres. The key here is doing whatever is outside of your routine and past experience.

Spiritual Reflection

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Jeoldu-san Martyrs’ Shrine, South Korea. All rights mine. © 2012

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

Go to Church
If you’re a church-goer — or mosque or synagogue or Hindu or Buddhist or Bahá’í temple —whatever your faith, worshipping with those who share that soul-defining conviction can fill your heart with joy and renew your soul with purpose. Revisit the teachings that resonate with your calling.

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