I’m intrigued by the concept of creativity as a driving force, a healthy outlet, and a means of communication. I am also interested in the question of whether or not creativity is something innate in all of us — whether it is a natural born talent, or whether it can be learned. It is certainly, in any case, a gift that must be nurtured in order to grow.
Early on in my professional career as a Director of Student Services for Saybrook Institute Graduate School and Research Center, I had the opportunity to meet one of the nation’s foremost researchers on the topic, existential psychologist Rollo May. There were several other faculty members at Saybrook tackling this immense topic, Stanley Krippner being one of the most memorable.
An Amazon search on “creativity” turns up 162,836 books on the topic, and even though I’ve been dabbling in the topic for much of my life, I’ve only covered a tiny sample from that massive list.
I find inspiration in many places: books, nature, travel experiences, conversations with others, and as I’ve mentioned before, often times in my dreams and nightmares.
As a mother of two young children, I’d like to do what I can to help foster their creativity as well. In addition to pondering and researching the topic of creative nature, I am also working to develop more hands-on habits and practices to promote this goal in my own life.
Where do you find inspiration, and what are some of the things that you do to foster your creative spirit?