“We are who we think we are”
“There is no greater enemy in your life than your own thoughts”
These statements come from Buddhist Philosophy and I see them as some of the greatest truths. Following this practice is very much to do with being aware of yourself, your thoughts and how they can be a good or a bad influence on your life. The study and its practice teaches awareness, compassion and equanimity.
The statements are easily applicable to the need or search for Creativity. Having trouble with finding or being creative is rooted in, fear, distraction, lack of motivation, handicap of personal obligations and self-applied rules. All these limitations and emotions are rooted in our own thoughts about ourselves and, therefore, how we live our lives.
You may not be inclined to explore further in this philosophy but I think the statements are indisputable. Even if you look outside of yourself and find other reasons for your conclusions about your emotions and/or limitations, you still, at one time, accepted those outside influences and made them part of your repertoire of thoughts, behavior and perception.
So, if you are convinced of the truth of these statements you have to accept your own self-imposed limitations and behaviors. This is GOOD NEWS. You know who is responsible and taking that responsibility is the first step to change!
Here are just a few suggestions:
Surround yourself in inspiration – a forest, a beach, a mountain, a garden, a religious service, a good book, a museum, study. Find your place that positively feeds your senses.
Find and Feed your Passion. Read about it, visit centers, museums showing works of people who have succeeded in their passion. Examine, explore. Read biographies for inspiration.
Be around inspiring people. If there is someone or maybe even more than one person who you find a drag or a negative influence to your life, reject and stay away from them. If this does not seem possible to you, just realize their influence, personally reject it and plan for a future where you know you will not be influenced by them. Find like-minded people and exchange ideas. Make this part of your mission.
Visualize how you will feel when you reach your goals. This is part of the work of Becoming.
Do the Work.
Replace the rules you have set for yourself, your habits, your routine. Reject procrastination as your worse enemy.
Write your own Mission Statement: This is your step towards self-awareness. Be as creative you can be about where you are and where you would prefer to be. It may seem far out and challenging at first because your habitual thoughts, rules and self-limitations will try to sneak in and may tell you to be ‘reasonable’. But take over, don’t be in the least bit ‘reasonable’ and allow yourself the freedom to dream.