Dublin-based singer, composer and lyricist, Edel Meade, reveals how she allows her creative energy to prosper and offers some thoughts on how she is planning to extend her creative boundaries in 2014…
[ guest post // creativity and stepping outside of your comfort zone // Edel Meade ]
In order for creative energy to flow freely, I need to explore who I am, and to identify where my boundaries exist. I need to have courage to follow my heart and intuition and to explore the creative potential in all areas of my life.
For example, I’ve always wanted to try salsa dancing but have been quite shy about it until now. However it’s necessary for us to step out of our comfort zones and to face personal challenges.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening and live like it’s heaven on earth.”
– William W. Purkey
I really want to overcome my fear of ice-skating. I was never brought ice-skating as a child and by the time I was in my twenties, I wasn’t enthused about falling flat on my face, for all to see. But now I see that once I’ve fallen flat on my face, I’m gonna stand back up again too.
I want to continue with long-term counselling to challenge thought-processes which have stopped me from doing what I really want to do and being who I really want to be.
I have a sense that yoga practice and meditation will help me to connect with the people in my life, including my audiences, in a more meaningful way so that we are sharing every present moment together and feeding off each other’s creative energy.
I want to become fluent in French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish in the hope of understanding different cultural perspectives more clearly. Music is just another language with thousands of different dialects and viewpoints, but it’s all related.
My alone time is crucially important for my creativity to flourish. It gives me the opportunity to restore energy lost through teaching or sitting in front of my laptop for hours, doing admin. This can be achieved by strolling by the sea for forty minutes or by making some home-made guacamole for example!
I find cooking deeply therapeutic and it’s full of creative possibilities! I have never experienced the type of satisfaction that came from making my first home-made curry from scratch.
It is also crucial for me to surround myself with other creative and motivated artists. I get a healthy dose of dynamic energy from being around innovators with an entrepreneurial spirit.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
– Jim Rohn
The music you create is an expression of who you are. Dare yourself to step out of your comfort zone and watch what happens!
[ Edel Meade is a vocalist, composer, and educator from Dublin, Ireland. She will be performing the Joni Mitchell songbook at The Odessa Club on February 13, 2014. Visit www.edelmeade.com for more details. ]