“Creativity is energy flow.” ~ Taya Malakian Artist, Poet, and Yogini
Last weekend I went to The Soul of Creativity: Yoga+Meditation+Artistry to Activate Your True Purpose workshop by Taya Malakian at Gather & Mill in Grass Valley, California. In this post, I share a few of my notes from Taya’s presentation: quotes (with notes!) that really resonated with me.
It was an information-packed three hours, with a comprehensive presentation about the origin, process, and flow of creativity, from a blended eastern and western spiritual perspective, along with several Kundalini-style yoga breath meditations integrated throughout the talk. Meditative heart and soul, writing and drawing exercises rounded out the afternoon.
Yoga (any type of practice) can open and encourage the flow of creativity. Yoga certainly continues to do this for me! In fact, a month after starting Gentle Yoga my journey of creative writing began; my muse was fully awakened out of a long slumber. Divinely, her awakening was in complete alignment with my mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. And, Yoga is perfect for my physical needs too.
The breath is our foundation; life itself, flowing through our entire body bringing awareness, energy, and healing. You can remain on Autopilot, your breath continuing without thought your entire life, or you can go deeper. Breathe deeper and discover the source of creativity, healing, and love.
Here are my notes from Taya’s workshop:
- the relationship of the seven chakra energies to creativity – from the 1st Chakra (Root – our grounding with Earth) to the 7th Chakra (Crown “the thousand-petaled lotus” enlightenment); focused on 1st, 2nd (sacral) & 6th (third eye), 3rd (solar plexus) Chakras).
- subtle body (ego) and soul – ego creates the illusion of separateness so that we can function on earth vs the soul which is the complete awareness that all things are connected.
- soul development (purpose and meaning in our lives) in relation to creativity – Creativity is an open channel to finding our purpose in life – my interpretation.
- creating (art, music, poetry, writing, etc) is sacred; honor and call forth creativity (the muse or whatever you wish to call it) by creating a sacred space and ritual (place, visual inspirational, aroma, meditation, chant, yoga) Think Pavlov’s dogs. Establish ritual, creativity will flow (muse awakens) when “invited” by the ritual. Remember, aroma brings memories (recall of the muse) so include some form of scent (candles, diffuser with essential oils, lotion). I had already bought a really cool old desk for writing, and the candle, well, it’s always been a part of the ritual. Serves as a signal to my family as well: “Mom’s Writing!” I put a picture of my new desk on another page if you’d like to see: Bonnie’s List of Stories – it’s at the bottom of the page – it was too funky-big as a “featured photo.”
- the root of creativity is about love.
Yes, there was a ton of information presented!
A few more quotes from Taya’s presentation:
“Bare feet on Earth is medicine. An experience of being alive.”
“Cold awakens us. Jumping into a cold river is an example.” Referring to awakening our creative flow. Think fall and winter, cold is stimulating.
“Creativity has seasonal flow (for her). Experiencing nature, the world, soaking things up like a sponge in summer then ringing them out (into creative projects) in fall and early winter. Late winter I’m dormant, resting. Find your flow.” This was one of the more important and validating things for me to hear. My creative writing ebbs and flows. Each project has it’s own ebb and flow. I have a few writing projects, each in different stages, and now I feel comfortable that my process is natural.
Here’s my list of writing projects:
• Dreamwork (novel women’s fiction darkish) – first draft 14 Chapters 24K words and no end in sight – on back burner while I work on editing Gone (or until my ADD muse insists!)
• Gone with Innocence (novella – women’s fiction)– first draft done! Woohoo! First round of editing started – editing, ugh!
• 13 Weeks – 13 photographs with poems – memorial to my brother who died at age 31 from a rare form of Malignant Melanoma – 1st poem Silver Bird – “13” signifies the grief stricken 13 weeks from the day of his terminal diagnosis to his death.
• My Mother’s Dry Garden (fiction) – a woman returns home to care for her elderly parents. One of which is dying.
• My Flight to Private Practice – How Codependency, Loss, & Trauma Propelled a Successful Career – memoir of a social worker – started writing first draft – inspired by two books: Be The Gateway by Dan Blank and Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, PhD
• Path of Golden Light – A transition poem in honor of loved ones taken by cancer
• Weekly blog posts Quotes of Wisdom – Quotes with notes Fridays at 9am (Pacific Time)
And a few more notes from the workshop:
“Become a conduit for flow – love, creativity, money, give and be generous, and it will flow back to you.” She referenced the book The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
“Show up, do your ritual, be ready for creativity.”
“I honor and believe in my creativity. Show it by creating a space for it,” literally and spiritually.
The last notes I took before the meditative writing part of the workshop are possibly the most profound:
“Humility and Nobility – we need to recognize and practice a balance of both. We are a small part of creation (humility) and we are co-creating with the creator (nobility). We matter.”
When I saw this workshop advertised, I couldn’t help but think, “it couldn’t get much better than combining yoga and writing!” Well, maybe if it was on a tropical beach… oooh, that’s one for the bucket list! Yoga, writing, art, tropical paradise 😉 I could get into that!
Here’s the description of the course:
“Artist, poet and yogini, Taya Malakian, will guide you through a combination of yoga, meditation practices, sketching, and creative writing practices to inspire, move through blocks, build confidence + intuition and open to the creative flow in this 4-hour course. Perfect for writers, artist, entrepreneurs or anyone looking for purpose and to live a more creative life.”
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend Taya’s course! Thank you Taya, and Gather & Mill, for your beautiful souls and lovely space!
For my writing,
for my heart,
and for my soul.
For my Yoga.
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