This is a practice that I gave to one of my writer friends recently. They are trying to put more time into their writing. Instead of demanding that they show up more regularly and write, this practice is designed to create a kind of inside-out motivation to give more time to their creative practice.
Note that your Current Way of Being is how you’re currently showing up—through your beliefs, actions, doings, reactions, and ways of checking—and your New Way of Being is how you’d like to show up. In Integral Coaching®️ we use metaphors as a way to capture these two different Ways of Being.
Developing your ability to listen to your inner creative.
The purpose of this exercise is to develop your ability to listen to your inner creative as you carve out more space in your life for making your art.
While your Current Way of Being tries to force themselves to start creating more consistently, your New Way of Being begins by getting back in touch with their inner creative’s needs. Your New Way of Being knows that when they listen to their inner creative it will tell them what they need to do in order to feel inspired enough to create again. They understand that there might be some other things—like sleep, self-care, financial stability, touch—that need to be present before they feel safe enough to come out to play.
Three times a day, take one minute to check in with your inner creative.
Start by taking a few deep inhales and long exhales. Let your belly expand fully on the in breath and empty fully on the out breath.
Drop your awareness into your body. Feel your feet on the ground or wherever they’re resting. Relax your shoulders and jaw. Scan your awareness from the top of your head to the soles of your feet and just observe what sensations are present in your body.
Then, from this quiet place, check in with your inner creative. If it helps, bring your hand to your heart or whatever part of your body feels most connected to your creative self.
For the next 10 breaths, listen to what it is your inner creative is asking for. Keep your attention focused inwards and allow whatever arises to arise without judgment.
Once you’ve become aware of one of your inner creative’s needs, sit with it for another 5 breaths. Hold it in your awareness and let it sink into your body.
Then, take a deep inhale, exhale through your mouth, and move on with the rest of your day. You don’t have to act on what you observed/embodied until it feels right to. Just keep checking in and your inner creative will let you know when it’s time to make a move.
Daily Reflection Questions
At the end of the day: Please take an additional 5-10 minutes to reflect on the experience of checking in with your inner creative:
What does your Current Way of Being believe they will discover if they check in with their inner creative?
Where does your New Way of Being connect to their inner creative in their body?
What does your New Way of Being’s inner creative say that it needs today?
Weekly Reflection Questions
At the end of each week: Please take 15-20 minutes to reflect on the experience of checking in with your inner creative:
How does your Current Way of Being react to their inner creative’s needs?
What patterns do you notice in what your New Way of Being’s inner creative is asking for?