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Creativity Break: The Music of Your Own Life

By Jordan Rosenfeld

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Welcome to Creativity Break, based on the popular guide Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life by authors Rebecca Lawton and Jordan Rosenfeld, the book and column connect the power of writing with creativity and attracting the lives we want.

Last time we asked you to use your power of imagination and attraction to think good thoughts not only for yourself, but for the earth, in honor of Earth Day.

This week, we’d like to reflect upon the passing of a great musical inspiration, Prince, and use the power of music to help you access your creativity.

Music bypasses the intellect and goes straight for the gut, the heart. Whether you were a fan of Prince or not, there’s music that energizes your own creative elements. Whether your creativity even manifests as an “art” or in the power of organizing a closet, or leading a kickass meeting, music has a way of lending energy to your endeavors.

  1. Turn up the music. Pick out your favorite Prince song, or any other favorite piece of music, and just sit quietly, eyes closed, the entire time the song plays. Try to feel the music with your whole body and your feelings both. Hold an intention while the music plays for something in your own life you’d like to be more creative with.
  1. Ten reasons why. When the music is over, take your pen to paper and write down ten reasons why your intention brings energy to your life.
  1. Think of your intention as a musical score. A powerful piece of music doesn’t come into being with only one note; it takes many, woven together and moving through octaves to add up to a beautiful sound. Becoming creative can also take place in increments. What is your first step toward achieving your intention? Write it down.
  1. Make music of it. Give yourself three tasks for the coming week that will add up to the “musical score” of your own creative intention. Choose three events, tasks, or goals that work together or build upon one another to add to your creativity. For instance, if you feel most creative when you are gardening: 1. Pull those pesky weeds. 2. Take that walk through the neighborhood with the amazing gardens for inspiration 3. Visit your local garden center to purchase some new flowers.

Most important: Remember that creativity is not a proscribed path that looks like one that another person has laid down already. Your path may be crooked and serpentine, full of wild crescendos and long, bass solos. What matters is that you feel free to make your own creative music.

I leave you with this quote from Matthew Schuler: “Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all creative individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake.”

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About Jordan Rosenfeld (41 Articles)
Jordan is Managing Editor of Sweatpants & Coffee. She is author of the novel Forged in Grace, and three other books. Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as Brain, Child, Modern Loss, The Nervous Breakdown, The New York Times, Ozy, ReWire Me, Role/Reboot, The Rumpus, Publisher’s Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, Washington Post, Word Riot, Whole Life Times, Writer’s Digest magazine and on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

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