Allowing Mental Space for Creative Gifts Part I

If a drone was videotaping from the ceiling of my counseling office, it recently captured me cutting and taping blank forms together. My digital versions were lost in a computer crash, and my scanner was down. I felt I was living my own 1980’s flashback.

Nevertheless, I cobbled together some of my business forms. And, I’m proud to say that armed with my liquid paper, I was indeed managing some linear brained, or financial aspects of my private practice.

Fortunately, I was not left to my own devices long. By sheer miracle, I found the two-week online Business School Bootcamp for Therapists.

During this Bootcamp, half of my bed was covered with less cotton, and more work and Excel sheets. You might imagine that amongst this Tempur-Pedic chaos, I wouldn’t be able to focus.  However, within the structure of a deadline, or a class, I can easily hyper-focus. A drawback of such laser attention, is that sometimes when I’m focused too intently in the left brained linear world, I will ‘worry an issue’ to death.


Picture me at a freestanding chalkboard, obsessively working on an issue. I can’t find the answers blazing in neon orange just beyond the board, because I am too close to a problem.

I noticed several things during the Business School Bootcamp.

  1. I had little balance with my mind/body health.

 

  1. While in study mode my shoulders crept upwards, as my body tensed like a deer frozen in the proverbial headlights.

 

  1. Worrying and working solely in my head, I tended to clamp off my right-brain creative energy, or my intuitive gifts, like I was shutting off my life force.

 

  1. I seemed to become a more linear thinker and could not easily think of ‘out of the box’ solutions. In other words, if I don’t take a break and tend to my mind and body health, I seem to shut off my ‘whole picture,’ systems, or non-linear thinking.

 

  1. My business slowed considerably during this energetic clampdown.

As a side note, I saw an apt definition of ‘worry’, conveyed by Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction and Worry.  The old Oxford dictionary definition of, ‘worry’ that he found said, “To seize by the throat, strangle, throttle, or kill by violence.” According to this definition, when I worry, or focus obsessively (without mind/body balance), I strangle my intuitive and creative thinking. Hmmmmm. That’s something for me to mull over about this week, hopefully without the actual worry.

 

  • How does your ‘big picture’ or intuitive brain help you?
  • How do you give yourself down time to reboot your brain?

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