I’ve noticed that a lot of artists, writers and creators make it a point to include movement into their daily life as an important part of their creative process. Whether it’s to clear the mind and push away the weight of everyday worries, or to get some fresh air to free your mind up and allow some creative breakthroughs, it’s definitely a good thing.
From my own experiences the times when I have felt most free, and most alive were the times when I was moving and exploring in nature. And it’s when I’ve felt most alive, whether it was a stroll through an urban park, a hike , or a camping trip in the wilderness that I have been able to create the works that I am most proud of and that are most authentically me.
After reading some of these articles about the exercise-creativity connection, I’m hoping I’ll be inspired to make a better habit of incorporating more movement into my lifestyle in order to better support my creative life. They say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit right? Hopefully I’ll be able to get that ball rolling before the cooler couch potato inducing weather sets in.
Speaking about walking, there is a great chance to get out, walk around and enjoy the fall weather.
The most talented illustrator/zinester Fiona Smyth who taught my Comics and Graphics Novels Continuing Education class will be participating in a workshop at the Word on the Street Festival is happening this Sunday September 27 at Harbourfront Centre.
Some gems on creativity and exercise from around the web.
Contemplation, Creativity and Walking and "Forest Bathing":
If walking and running aren’t your cup of tea, there is also some good ole “forest bathing” or Shinrin-yoku. ( I think this is more down my alley).
Parker Palmer's essay on Autumn as a time to reflect on endings but feel joy with the possibility of new beginnings.
Going for Broke. All out running if you’re feeling ambitious.
Haruki Murakami's What I talk about when I talk about running.
A how to guide with tips on starting and keeping up with a running routine.
Exercise and Creativity: If you want to try to figure out how it all works.
Huffington post article on exercise, creativity and physical activity.
Livestrong article on food, exercise and creativity.