You can encourage your creativity. Over in comments, Lori Widmer mentioned she found using her non-dominant hand on the mouse cured her shoulder pain. I responded that I’d done the same thing and found it also sparked my creativity. There seems to be something almost magic about breaking patterns.
Maybe it’s because it forces our mind into new territory, or maybe it just makes new connections. Whatever the reason, it works for me and for many.
Here are some things I do to break patterns:
- Drive to the store using a different route.
- Shop at a different grocery store – works even better when I go into one of the stores near here that cater to non-whites.
- Try a different kind of food. Works even better if I go to a restaurant that serves a type of food than I’m used to.
- Sleeping and getting up on the other side of the bed.
- Read a book by people who believe different things than I do. This can be hard and I don’t make myself finish these books.
- Try a different kind of art – I usually hand build pottery, but once and a while I’ll try painting. I’m considering a course.
- If you’re a woman, wear more or less makeup.
- Wear a hat. I love wearing hats occasionally. And I do feel differently when I do.
- Write a poem. It happens rarely, but it’s always good for me.
- Visit a totally new art museum.
- Try a different kind of exercise.
You get the idea. Stir things up and you’ll stir your creativity.
What do you do to encourage your creativity?
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