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How To Create From the Heart

Originally Published on Intent Blog July 29, 2012

I’ve been getting asked lately how I write so much, so often, on such varied topics.

It’s flattering to get that question, and I’m glad you’re curious because really it’s a trait that anyone can develop with their own God given creative outlet.  We all have something that we’re better at, different at, than anyone else, so for me, being creative is just nerding out as the nerdiest version of myself possible.

Art is an opportunity to strip away the bullshit, and create from a place that’s very authentic and present.

If I write about something that I’m not passionate about- something that I don’t really even know all that much about, it will come across as such. You’ll see the stretch, you’ll see too much of my brain and not enough of my heart in the piece.

But then where does a powerful post come from?

Often times it comes from a place of pain that I look at with clear eyes and just keep writing. Or a place of happiness that I don’t get too overjoyed about, I just document.

How do you do that? You do need to develop self-confidence. Trust that you’re doing the right thing. You need to keep working on your craft and on getting to know yourself. For me, yoga, with its postures, breath-work, meditation and emphasis on finding your receptive, loving warrior of ever-vigilance, has been a great aid as well.

But how do you share from the heart? Like, seriously, what do you do to get out of your own way and create?