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7 Steps to Creative Clarity: Nurture
We deserve Nurture. We deserve to feel nourished. And not just to keep us going physically. It means we are keeping ourselves alive and well—think well being, really touching down deep to our essential selves, fostering a cherishing energy.
This can look like being fond of yourself, really appreciating Who You Are right now without reserve, hesitation or condition.
Our Soul needs nurturing. How we think, how we feel and what we choose needs to be Nurtured.
Nurture directly correlates between our perspective of ourselves and our creative flow. When we're feeling good, nourished and well cared for, our creative expression has a much stronger energy, thereby breaking blocks that may be in the way.
So let's take Nurture by the hand and see what it has to show us!
I trust the following **prompts and exercises for your journaling , art journaling and doodle practice will enable you to dive deep into Nurture and discover some ways to really get it flowing for yourself.
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
A LIST Exercise:
In your journal, list ways you are already nurturing yourself.
Detail how long you’ve been engaging in this activity and if it still hits the spot for you or if you feel like it’s losing its luster.
Now, List ways you WANT to nurture yourself but haven’t.
ASK: What’s preventing me from choosing to nurture myself in this new way?
(Is it not a priority? Are you feeling guilt? Do you need resources to get it going?)
Tip: Keep what new thing you want to do to Nurture yourself simple and start small to help make it doable.
ASK: Where do I feel most depleted?
Using this kind of contrast can give us a fresh perspective on what we really need to Nurture ourselves.
ASK: What is my Favorite Way to Nurture Myself and Why?
Mindmap this favorite activity. Write the word in the center of your page and put a circle around it. Then jot down whatever comes to mind around the circle. Words or phrases are key to more strategies to implement.
Then mind map the way you want to Nurture yourself that is NEW for you.
See if there are any similarities between the two activities with the words or phrases that come to mind. This may give you a clue as to what is holding you back from trying that new thing.
A Letter Writing Exercise:
Write a Letter to Yourself about why you haven’t nurtured yourself and ask for ways you can nurture yourself that you may not have known you need.
This exercise can help you see any underlying issues you may want to address that have held you back and also gain clarity from your “Higher Self” that can give you insight into what you might be needing right now.
Option: You can also use a dialogue approach, asking the question and then writing down the answer that comes to mind. This can be very insightful and eye opening. Don’t discount anything that seems silly or even off subject. You can learn from all of it in some way. Be open to what comes to you.
Art Journaling Prompt:
Create a Spread that Showcases Nurture visually for you, whether it's an image that really resonates with your heart, or colors that provide an especially nurturing vibe to you. This spread can be a way to show how much you appreciate yourself. You might even use an image of YOURSELF in this spread and write affirming things about yourself around that image.
Using Nurture as a starting point, take your time as you create gentle, flowing marks, where your heart opens up. Use colored pens or crayons that attract you toward nurture and have free-flowing fun!
Here’s a final tip toward Nurture:
Record in your journal an example of Nurture you see in someone else’s activity that you admire and then put your own twist on it. If it truly resonates or seems like a fun or insightful idea, there’s a reason for that. Don’t dismiss it. Instead, investigate and dive in to what really attracts you about it. You may be surprised at what you discover!
As we conclude this Very Important Step of Nurture in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity Journey, I would like to offer you this word of encouragement and insight that I trust will lift you and move you in the right Nurturing Direction:
Nurture is a gentle, persistant care of all parts of you. It’s taking time, slowing down long enough to really SEE your Self, to Know your Self and what makes you happy. It’s a determination not to “hurry through” taking care of your Self.
Recognizing where you resist Nurture can be a good place to see what ONE action will be most effective in initiating that feeling that you truly value yourself, where you are worthy of that kind, gentle, sweet energy of nurture, where you feel treasured, special, precious, loved.
You are welcome to leave a comment below about the step of Nurture. You are also welcome to leave a comment in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook Group.