Omega Teachers on Being & Staying Creative

Omega Teachers on Being & Staying Creative
April 28, 2014

Omega teachers discuss where they find inspiration and offer advice on how to live a more creative life. 

 

  • Richard Blanco advises aspiring writers on what to do daily to stoke their creativity. "If you have the discipline and the time and the motivation to sit at your desk for a few hours every day, that certainly can’t hurt. But sometimes, it’s more useful to go take a walk in the park and take life in for a moment. It’s surprising how when your mind clears up, inspiration soaks back in. I think that's a very important lesson to learn—the balance between being alive and being present and the idea of writing for the sake of writing [saying to yourself], 'I gotta sit at my desk for four hours even though I'm completely uninspired.'  Always be careful of that balance."


  • Erica Jong talks about what moves her to write poetry: “Well, you know, poems don’t always come. But there are times when they tend to come in waves, and you have to be there to catch them when they come. I tend to write poetry at certain times in my life. Lately, I’ve been communicating with a friend of mine and we’ve been sending each other poems to get each other going, and that’s very helpful."


  • Mimi Kirk says her love of people motivates her creative inspiration: "I love to see people healthy and enjoying life and I like to impart what I’ve learned over the decades. I’ve meditated for years and find it easy to go inside to be creative. I also feel confident and not afraid to fail. In fact, I don’t think we really ever fail. Everything is just another life lesson and necessary to grow. Fear stops creativity, so there is no room for fear in anything I choose to do. I stay out of my mind and come from my heart in all things I do."


  • Deepak Chopra explains how he stays inspired and centered: “I am always writing about things that I’m exploring and I find myself doing it quite effortlessly. I am disciplined. I practice meditation and yoga and do a workout almost every day. The rest of the time, I am writing about what fascinates me. At this moment, it’s further elaboration of understanding consciousness—its fundamental existence in the universe, and how it projects in our life as our body, our mind, our environment, and our universe."

  • Alanis Morissette says taking care of herself helps her stay creative: "I don’t believe in writer’s block. If I am not inspired to write, it means I shouldn’t be writing in that moment. Maybe I need to go make a sandwich or watch a movie or rest. When I take care of myself, I am always filled with inspiration to express something. The forms of expression are constantly changing, but the impetus to create remains steadfast as long as I take care of myself."

     

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