1997, Leighton Beach. Fresh journal in my hands. I sat staring out to Rottnest Island. My boyfriend had just dumped me for a woman he had just met, buying her old car a week previous.
It was a classic bomb. A seventies model Triumph, full of rust and hard to start. "Hey babe, I've met someone else. I'm moving on. You are just not on the same spiritual level as me. You need more woo, less foo in your life".
Oh those words. I can laugh at them now, but as a 19 year old it stung and I felt confused. What did he mean more woo? He handed me his copy of Louise L Hays, You Can Heal Your Life and drove off exhaust popping into the sunset.
That boyfriend did me a huge favour. He was an egocentric, wanna be guru with a mane of hair like a lion and far too many mala beads. He also used to wear my pants without asking. He did, introduce me to yoga, meditation, vegetarian dinner parties and long deep and meaningful conversations over bottles of (cheap) red wine.
Each of these introductions opened up my creative spark. I took myself back to adult college and enrolled in a bunch of English and Media subjects, because I was gonna be a writer.
What unfolded over the next twenty years was a side step into a career and business in Massage Therapy. I started my Diploma in 1998 and have spent years writing client reports, blogs, e-newsletters, action plans and marketing material.
Like every writer I know, there are times when you come across a block. You go to write and there is nothing. Usually it's because your mind is full of swirling ideas or countless to do lists.
More woo, less foo. 3 ways to tap into your creativity.
1. Essential Oils:
My go to's for diffusing at my writers desk are lemon, clary sage and cypress. Diffuse one or blend them together. Lemon is the oil of focus, it is uplifting and may improve concentration. Clary Sage, my favourite, is the oil of clarity and vision, which we can all do with more of. And Cypress, the oil of motion and flow, helps to get those words out of you mind and flowing.
2. Mundane tasks:
Not an overly woo or spiritual practice, or is it? There is something that happens when you go about the mundane activity of domestic chores. You give your mind space to wander, rather than sitting staring at a blank screen. Try it. Some of my best ideas come scrubbing dhal coated saucepans.
Create a ritual or space for writing and creativity. I like to use crystals, a nature element like a flower or feather, my essential oils, favourite pen and coffee in my best cup. I'll choose some music for the background. Before opening my notebook or fresh word doc, I'll close my eyes and breathe for few minutes, tuning within and feeling relaxed.
What's woo for me, may not be woo for you. Find your own way to tap into your creativity and clear the foo! And if you're struggling to unjumble your thoughts into words that make sense and work, I'm your gal!
Nicola Hogan is a Creative Communications Strategist with a knack for crafting client relationships. A Writer, Holistic Therapist, Massage Therapy Mentor and Mum to 3 school aged kids, Nicola has spent years creating a biz/life balance that (mostly) works. Nature lover, urban gardener and coffee addict, she's a stickler for good customer service and is not afraid to speak out when it's in lack.
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