How Freedom Shows Up in These 11 Most Common Forms of Self-Expression - (Part 3)
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This week, I'm continuing the Expressions series by looking at freedom opportunities in the motion and movement and creativity and flexibility expressions.
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There's a bit of a paradox when it comes to this form of expression, because you either a) don't like being 'boxed' in, have too much structure, or feel like there's only one way to do something to get an end result or b) you like structure, planning ahead, and consistency because you feel it keeps things moving.
I have seen both of these when interacting with dominant motion & movement expressives.
Depending on which scenario above applies to you will likely dictate how you feel freedom in this form of expression.
If you're (a), your freedom is in the 'not knowing.' You probably hold a 'let it flow' philosophy, and your freedom will be most felt by being fully present in the moment.
There's a beautiful picture of a dandelion on the Expressions - Motion & Movement Pinterest board on my page, that is a great metaphor for this. A dandelion is a beautifully constructed and unique plant that so eloquently stays together until a specific rush of wind decides to swoop by.
The dandelion gives to the wind what it will, but it doesn't lose its shape. This is a picture of all the things you are as a motion & movement expressive - flowing, okay with change from time to time, not needing intense amounts of structure, and your freedom actually being derived from all the movement around you.
As an introvert, this isn't to say that you are energized by being around a lot of people (movement). It more means that you feel freest when you feel progression, growth, and forward movement happening, however it may come - you don't put your finger on the outcome and you likely might be caught saying you want things to "just slow down."
If you're (b) above, your freedom is in the 'knowing.' By structuring more intricately, planning ahead carefully, and guarding the steps of the process, you feel more than an ounce of freedom. For you, planning equals movement, which you value highly. You won't feel free if it's not planned or at least talked about. If you were a rapper, you'd be the one who writes every lyric, not the one who freestyles.
For both types of motion & movement expressives, flow is a big word. And, whatever 'flow' means for you...makes you feel immensely free - not only to be who you are, but also express it.
I'm pretty sure if I took a survey here of how you define creativity, it would be wildly different than the next person.
Hence, its power.
I don't know about you, but when I read that, I get chills.
I saw it on Pinterest recently, and I think I must have pinned it 5 or 6 times to many different boards because I felt like it was that powerful.
A dominant creativity expressive could practically live by this quote.
So then, my proposal is simple here: However you define creativity, your freedom needs it to survive and vice versa. Without expression of that which you view as creative in your world, you won't feel free in many ways. Without freedom in your life, your creativity will consistently be stifled.
I would say, out of the 11 most common expressions we discuss, this one is one of the most dangerous to push down. And if we look at all 11, most of them areconsidered creative endeavors. Writing, cooking, knitting, dancing, flowing, playing music, harmonizing, reading, interpreting, observing, intuitively reading - these may very well be exactly how you define creativity.
So it follows that ignoring those gifts & talents can not only cause internal harm, but harm in the way you effect others. If you work with me in The Introvert Effect, you get a special article from Dr. Christiane Northrup that outlines a bit of the health risks from not being forthright in your expression of self.
I included flexibility with creativity, because it's practically required. I don't know anyone who's creative who doesn't also exercise patience & flexibility in the highest. It's almost a pre-requisite to being a creative.
The messy-do-it-again-over-and-over-a-million-times-until-your-fingers-bleed work and creation can't happen without flexibility and bend, in more ways than one.
Typically, to feel your most free, you'll need this component mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially.
At this point, I'd love to know what's on your mind...
How do you feel freest if one of these expressions is a dominant one for you?
What's one thing you can do this week to really express yourself in a way you haven't allowed yourself to before?
The best conversations always happen in the comments, so let me know what you're thinking.
I so appreciate you being here & allowing me to teach and share.
To your fullest expression,