Let’s start with the obvious answer: YES!
Your lifestyle affects everything – your art, how you feel, what you look like, your emotions and all of the details that make you – YOU.
The deeper question and one that You get to answer yourself is this:
HOW does your lifestyle affect your art and what choices are you making that impact an area of your life for better or worse?
Let’s dig a little…
Do you compartmentalize your life and keep your art away from other parts of your day?
For example, your business is over there, your art is …. over there… secret hobbies and Hail Merry cravings in that box and health? Well, your health gets a look once in a while when you pause to breathe or worse – are forced to pay attention.
I’m talking about me… and maybe you too?
Your art practice has a rhythm and your life has a rhythm too.
I’m taking down the walls here at Creative Tempo, where I focus on the rhythm of creative business and welcoming in those other parts of ourselves in a space called, Creative Backbeat to focus on the rhythm of life.
I believe that…
Your lifestyle and everyday choices in health and spirituality create daily rhythms that become the backbeat of your creative practice.
I’ll start us off with a snapshot of experiences that have informed my Creative Backbeat …
::Wild food foraging in the upper Michigan woods when my mom took me and my sister wilderness camping, I was 4.
::My forest ranger Dad teaching me the secrets of nature and infusing that stubborn sense of wonder into my core for good.
::Raised vegetarian mostly – except for the occasional deer my Dad would hunt with a bow or the river salmon and trout we caught.
::From super tight religion to broken bounds spirituality.
::Roadtrip camping, ending up in N. California wine and vine country and plunked into the beginnings of the 1970’s organic + environment movement.
::Soaking up wise women circles with my mom and her friends, putting their herb formulas into capsules and bags while my feet dangled from the chair.
::Smack in the middle of East meets West meets ’70’s (meditation, mantras, mudras, yoga, visualization, natural healing, growing your own food and saving the environment before it was a thing.)
::Seeing people get well from really bad stuff and finding out that your body really knows what to do.
::I jumped into the gym-rat experience (oh yeah) weight training, aerobics and all – 6 days a week, 2 hours a day, it was California and the days of Venice Beach bodies.
::Nightstand stack: Books on enzymes, nutrition, heart math, morphic fields, and esoteric subjects galore.
::The fitness world path led to San Francisco, then to Arizona where I found my true love and begin to return to my center.
::Developing and continually upgrading my own life rhythm and backbeat includes raw foods, regular juicing, spiritual and creative practice, ancient wisdom and new science, simplicity, and focusing on joy, compassion, kindness, and love.
Human I am, so plenty of mistakes I make (got Yoda’d there for a minute!) so I’m hoping, and asking, that through our conversations and connections we can encourage each other to start at zero each day and keep upgrading our choices.
One thing that my life path has shown me is that – while there are really cool movements growing in wellness, spiritual practices, and creativity most are still isolated and fragmented, which is another reason to mix it all up here, on a site for artists:
Art can change the world, so as artists, it’s our responsibility to be at our best – healthy, rested, mindful and connected to our source – to hold open the purest conduit of communication that we are gifted with in each moment.
Our Creative Backbeat can close the gaps and disconnections in society:
The health industry, including yoga and fitness, food and nutrition and even energy and alternative healing methods are each focused on their particular science and the new expert on the block.
It’s time to make that choice for yourself and for your art.
How about you?
If you believe that lifestyle affects the quality of art and creativity, comment with a Yes! Or share ways you know it does.