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Hey you awesome member of the Homo Sapiens species! Last week I wrote about how your environment affects you. (https://mailchi.mp/taptapkaboom/a-creative-environment) But environment is more than just a physical space youâre sitting in. Itâs the totality of whatâs surrounding you.
Itâs how others treat you. Itâs how you treat yourself. Itâs what you let into your mind. Itâs what you think about on repeat. Itâs the people you hang out with. Itâs whatâs going on with the world. Itâs the room your mind and heart are sitting in.
Imagine your heart and mind in a physical spaceâa house maybe. Is there dirty laundry on the floor? Dirty dishes? Rain dripping in? Boxes piled on top of each other? Or is there sunlight streaming through the windows? Coffee brewing? Waves crashing in the background?
Itâs difficult to create when youâre stressed, tense, or worried. And not being able to make and create and express yourself often amplifies those negative emotions. You may feel the pressure mounting and the anxiety clawing its way into you inner-most being.
Sometimes even a beautiful studio or comfy home creation nook cannot spark creativity or prompt creation. It may be because your mental environment is tense and stressful.
One way to change your mental environment into one that fosters creativity is to practice gratitudeâwrite down 3 things you are grateful for each day. It may not help overnight, but it will begin replacing the negative emotions with positive ones. And as you begin to create again, your positive emotions will be amplified.
How do you feel? Safe? Relaxed? Happy? Stressed? Anxious? Bitter? Creative?
I know the world may seem strange, different, stressfulâmaybe even dark and hopeless. But there are good things too. Creativity, and environments that foster it, play a big role in shaping and making a better world.
â¤ï¸ Big loves from Amsterdam â Rich from TapTapKaboom (https://taptapkaboom.com)
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