Have you ever thought what it would be like to live without your senses?
During the early part of this year, after I had a virus, I lost my taste and smell. Thankfully after four months, these senses returned. I am so grateful because for a while I thought they were gone forever, and I couldn't imagine living without taste and smell.
Losing interest in eating took the joy out of cooking. Life became boring. While I was out walking I was no longer assaulted by the beautiful perfume of gardenias or the briny odour of the sea, or that magnificent odour of freshly brewed coffee as I passed a coffee shop.
If you want to live in your creative frequency, being aware of your senses is important to daily life. When I go for a walk I am aware of the changes in my scenery. I take notice of shape, colour and texture; and how the sun feels on my skin and how it casts shadows across the landscape. My subconscious takes notice of the place and my mood when I smell the fragrances so that I can recall those experiences for my characters in my writing. The birds calling to each other may remind me of a particular incident when I was with someone enjoying time together or it could have been a sad time when a loved one passed away.
If you are a baker or involved in food preparation, you may like to use the shape and colour you see when you are out walking and bring those shapes and colour back to your craft. If you are an architect, you may see colour, shape and a new perspective on the size that can change the look of a design you are working on.
When you are away from your work, don't just walk and be oblivious to what is happening around you. Become engaged. Open your senses and absorb shape and colour; heat and light, focus on the taste of the food you are eating; smell the aromas as you pass the cafes, walk along the beach, or high up in the mountains. By awakening your senses you can't help but live in the present moment and be enriched by the experiences. Your heart and mind tune into the experiences and store them away for when you may need to find a solution to a problem.
If you are an accountant, you can increase your creativity just by observing how other businesses do life in their physical working world. Sometimes you may be able to make a mental note of the processes of others and incorporate those processes into your own business. Or as you experience life for your clients in their work, add those experiences to your own and you may be able to create new products and/or services for them. Experience gained first hand adds resources to call on when a problem needs to be solved.
This post ties in with my previous post about observation. By observing through all your senses you are enriched by everything you receive through your senses. Depending on your personality, you will also be drawn to different sensory experiences with others. It is these differences that make you and your creativity unique.
Be inspired, be aware of your senses, and be enriched in your life.
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