Tuesday, November 28, 2006

My Creative Story - Dr. Lesley Soden


Dr. Soden is an Educator/Consultant in Creativity.

Describe the feeling you have when heavily into an activity you love?
I feel fully absorbed when painting (time goes by without noticing). When singing I feel full (not as in hunger, but safe, happy full).!

What does the creative process do to or for you?
The creative process challenges me. It's complex and combines effort and no effort, a marriage of the two.

How have you fulfilled your own creative urges?
I haven't fulfilled enough of my creative urges! The ultimate one is my 'life" which I am forming and reforming all the time. At times it's exciting, at times terrifying. But I do feel committed to this as a creative endeavour.

As for day-to-day creative urges, they range from browsing in unlikely places (a cemetery, town dump, art supplies store, Value Village, a button store) anywhere my imagination can come alive. I love a flexible schedule so I can vary what I do each day. Also, I tell spontaneous stories to my son every night. And on and on.

What do you do to satisfy your soul?
To satisfy my soul, I:

1. drink cafe latte
2. cuddle with my son
3. read about creativity, spirituality and inspiring lives
4. work out and meditate (both once weekly)
5. laugh and tease others

These activities, and many more, combine to make me feel a bit more whole on a daily basis. There are gaps, however, and I struggle with why I do not allow myself more activities that I know would support my soul. Like singing and painting (more), taking up tennis, returning to piano, meditating daily, etc....

Who has inspired you in your life to achieve your potential? How?
My father has inspired me to believe all is possible. My mother has remained a testament to humility and goodwill. My son has given me deep purpose. And somewhere, deep in my childhood, a variety of forces combined to propel me towards a life of meaning and contribution. I have still much discovery ahead of me.

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