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Would you think I am crazy if I told you discomfort can make you more creative? Find the difference between discomfort that holds you back and discomfort that nourishes your growth and expansion. Let discomfort fuel your creativity!

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Fuel Your Creativity Through Discomfort


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Hello, hello Hello everybody and welcome to this week there to create both on Instagram at Elyssa Vulpes. And on Facebook at the dare to be seen community there to be seen community calm and on my page there coaching and hypnotherapy and also on my personal profile . So let's get started today I would like to work with discomfort, discomfort as creative fuel.

So using your discomfort to fuel your creativity rather than the opposite and looking at the difference between the discomfort that holds us back, and the discomfort that actually nourishes our growth. Now I can see there's really some people watching, so hello. And also know that you can leave me a message or a comment whether you're on Instagram or on Facebook. I will be delighted to answer your question if you have any. So don't be shy. I mean, for this reason, so let's get us started.

This exercise that we're going to do, like I said, helps us to distinguish between the discomfort that holds us back. And that this comfort that instead nourishes our expansion. And knowing the difference can allow us to use discomfort actually regained momentum. For projects for goals and practice over time, it can actually teach us to use discomfort to reignite our passion and our creative dreams.

So being a creative being a thriving creative means that you have to continuously learn,grow, expand. But Naturally, this requires pushing ourselves into unfamiliar territory. Often dealing with people that we don't know, having to say things we've never said before, doing things we've never done before. And active growth also means that we need to experience we will end up experiencing emotions, and thoughts that we're not accustomed to where are feel unfamiliar. And some of them might even be scary, being honest here.

So as humans, we gravitate naturally towards pleasure towards safety. And the problem with that is that creatives cannot flourish unless we extend ourselves beyond the comfort zone. So this exercise that we're going to do in a minute, can help us, like I said, distinguish between the comp the discomfort stifles you and the discomfort that's a natural consequence or effect of extending ourselves to become the creative person that we build long to be.

And so understanding this comfort as part of the creative process can transform it from something that we want to avoid because he distinguishes our passion into something that ignites that passion. So this exercise combines breath work, visualisation journaling. And so if you have a piece of paper next to youyou good, if not get one now here with a pen. Make yourself nice and comfortable. You can do this exercise sitting down like with your feet nice and flat on the floor, your hands by your side, or you can do a line down.

But if you do a line down, make sure that you've got your piece of paper next to you close you easy to reach and your pen as well. This exercise is good for any creative, it's especially good if you're some kind of writer, but it works for anyone really a musician painters, just any kind of creative. So if you hear and you want to say hi, be nice to you actually have a comment from you, just so that I know you're here. Otherwise, we can just get started.

So I'll just wait a second and make yourself comfortable. Now, as per usual, if you're sitting, I would recommend that you have your feet nice and firm on the floor flat, not crossing your ankles, not crossing your knees. Just knees nice and flat and your hands by your side again not crossing or touching You can put them on your knees if you like, or by your side just dangling. Now let's begin by also making sure that your back is straight and not slouching in any way you're supported.

If you have a pillow behind you, if you want to just lie down a little lay back a little bit, you can just make sure you're nice and straight as much as possible. And head right over the navel. Okay, so nice and erect. Now, when you're ready, let's begin by simply closing our eyes. And as you close your eyes, I invite you to look into your third eye, meaning imagining that there is a third eye in the middle of your forehead.

And this is the center of intuition, manifesting perception of inner and outer worlds. So just imagine that you are focusing your attention on this third eye, no need to strain the eyes or cross them. Simply turn your attention gently towards this area in between your eyebrows. And let's begin by taking a deep breath in through your nose. Holding the breath and sign it. Letting Go Vedas far. Again, the breath in.

Hold on, hold this time, close your mouth, breathe out through your nose, drop your shoulders down and empty those lungs until there's no air left. And then and only then take another third. Deep breath in. And feel that belly feel those lungs hold on to it. And then as you exhale, see if you can allow your breath to be longer, nice and long. Take it easy, just allow all of the air to x to x. exit your lungs slowly.

When there's no more air left, then Take another deep breath in again. This time Imagine you're breathing relaxation, a beautiful energy that's moving upwards from your pelvic muscles all the way up through your head through the trunk of the body. As you exhale, just let everything else flow the opposite direction and exit from your fingertips, exit from your feet, any tension, let it flow down like a river back to the sea.

And one last deep breath in, inviting calm in as you breathe in, let it flow everywhere spread everywhere as you breathe out and let go of any remaining tension in the body and in the mind flow in and out of those fingertips like snow melting in the sun. That's it. Keep your eyes closed. Now. Keep your attention on that third eye. Relaxing through every breath you take. And if you need to, you can keep on breathing deeply.

Or else just go back to normal breath. Just seeing if you can allow each out breath relax you a little bit more and only as much as you decide because you're in charge. That's it just allowing yourself to let go a little bit more grounding yourself through your feet into the soft ground underneath.

And just being in this moment and realizing there is nothing needed right now you have everything you need in this moment. settling in noticing any sensations in the body. Just see if you can let them be. If you find judgement, if you find yourself thinking I should be doing this in a different way or I don't like this sensation.

Just see if you can acknowledge that judgment that thought and let it be without trying to change it to and without stopping. from changing, just being curious about what you're perceiving, in this moment, let it flow a little bit like water of a river flowing downstream back to the sea.

Every sensation just passes and constant change. When you're ready. When you feel you're arrived in this moment you feel relaxed. Then I invite you to consider an activity or an action that's come up for you recently, something perhaps search you've had in your mind, but have not attempted. For example, it could be completing a difficult chapter in your novel or difficult passage in a song or perhaps a difficult bit of a painting. Maybe it's simply the cluttering your creative space, or accepting the invitation to talk to a group about your art or your music.

It can be anything big, small, something you've resisted, though. I'll give you a minute to do that. Trust whatever comes naturally, it's probably the right thing for now. Okay, now once you've chosen this activity to focus on, I want you to hold it in your mind for several minutes. Now as you continue to gaze with your eyes closed towards your third eye.

And visualise as best as you can sense if you like pretend even how would it feel to actually do this activity? What would you be thinking and feeling while doing it? Next, I want you to think or ask yourself what is the possible outcome of this activity? Consider that possible outcome and what would you be thinking and feeling once the activity is actualized or complete? Stay with this for a few minutes now. What would you be thinking and feeling once the activity is actualized or complete? Now when you're ready, but only when you're ready, staying in this space, I want you to mindfully gradually open your eyes, reach for your journal or your notebook.

And first, jot down the activity you chose to focus on. And then I'm going to give you some prompts. And what I invite you to do is to record the thoughts and feelings that you came across while you were holding that activity in mind and the outcome in mind. So when I think about doing this, I dot dot dot finish the sentence when I think about doing this, I feel think dot dot dot just finished that sentence. I say to myself, this isn't isn't this.

I feel this isn't isn't this. When I visualise this activity as done or complete, I feel such and such and such. And I think such a such a such, one to visualise this activity as Donal complete. I feel and think dot dot dot finish the sentence.Okay, keep going just 30 seconds. You can also just free right. So for example, I'll give you an example. I had a client that wrote this. When I think about speaking to a Facebook group, I wonder why anybody would want to hear me talk about my art.

I get really nervous in front of the group, my hands get all sweaty. Sometimes I feel like I'm gonna faint. Think I'm going to make a fool out of myself. And, you know, I just want to hide under a table disappear. So keep going deeper. Be honest with yourself about your thoughts and feelings, even if they really negative, no shame. Feel at least one page up to two pages if time allows. I'm going to give you another minute to finish this exercise. 

Then we'll move on Okay now, you know you can continue this on your own later as well. But what I invite you to do next is to notice what words what phrases represent the discomfort that you felt during the exercise in this piece and underline these words and phrases underline the words and phrases that represent the discomfort that you have felt that you've you these words that you've used in your written piece, so underline them and I'm gonna do the same.

Okay. And then I want you to circle one word or one phrase that resonates more strongly for you in this moment. Just focus on one circle, one-word, or sentence. That's most that really resonates with you most right now. And I want you to ask yourself this question when I consider this activity, why do I feel this way? So whether it may be that the words are nervous, depressed, anxious, anxious, bored, tired, lazy? Not enough whatever maybe ask yourself why not consider this activity? Maybe the activity is writing a book or finishing a song? Why do I feel nervous or bored or lazy or whatever it is, it may be an answer that question Okay.

Is this discomfort presenting itself Because doing or completing this activity would put me out of my comfort zone? Is this discomfort presenting itself because doing this activity or completing this activity puts me out of my comfort zone? Yes or no? with doing or completing this activity, move me closer to my goals or dreams important question.

Ask yourself this question. Would doing or completing his activity move me closer to my goals or dreams? Yes or no? Just look at what you've written and answer the question. And finally, once the activity is complete, would I sense Would I feel a sense of accomplishment? Or satisfaction? Once the activity is complete? Would I feel a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction? Okay, so now we've got these answers.

What we want to do is, you know, we've got information that we need to separate the activity. And find out whether the discomfort we're feeling about this activity is the result of beliefs, opinions, judgments, that can't be substantiated by evidence, such as, you know, nobody cares, nobody will make a fool of myself, well, what's the evidence of that?

Can you substantiate it? Or why would anyone care about my music? Or my painting? Well, why wouldn't they? This is what's implicit in these sentences: that you believe no one would, but you have no evidence to support that. You know, why would anyone want to hear me talk about my art? Well, why not? You once again, implicit in this is that nobody would, and you actually don't have a way to prove this, there's no way for you to, to know that this is the reality.

So this kind of discomfort is actually associated with beating yourself up that it's what it's about. And this is the kind of discomfort you want to avoid. The second type of discomfort is instead an effects of reaching towards your dreams, doing what you need to support your creative life. And it comes from anticipating and entering into unfamiliar territory. So very, for example, the nervousness you may feel the first time you go on stage or speaking in front of a group that you don't really know. So this kind of discomfort is to be expected.

And it's actually good, it's good for you, believe it or not, you it's a kind of discomfort that you would embrace. And that would be part of your creative life. So I want you to go back and look at your responses to those questions, look back at the writing, and just have a bit of a time to reflect.

Can you distinguish between the discomfort that serves you and the discomfort that doesn't serve you and repeating this exercise, focusing overtime on different activities can help you, especially when you feel resistance towards a particular activity or inaction is setting in. That's the time to do this exercise, and figure out what it's all about.

So, I hope this has been useful for you. If you found that you needed a bit more guidance, and you'd like more guidance, in general, someone who you can bounce ideas back with, well get in touch with me, you can always give me leaving a message on my Instagram dm or Facebook, on my page there coaching and therapy or the dare to be seen or simply go on my website.

And the rest is just here, If you want to book a call with me, it's free. And I would be delighted to help you on your creative projects. So this is all for me today. I hope you enjoy it. And next week, there won't be a dare to create workshop because it's Christmas and I'm taking a break. 

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About the Author

Elisa Di Napoli is an artist coach, author, hypnotherapist, multi instrumentalist, and podcaster. She specializes in helping creatives bring their projects to life, command the stage and magnify their presence so they can share their gifts with a larger audience. Best-selling author of “Dare to Be Seen” she has been featured on radio and podcasts, and her articles have been published on blogs and online magazines. Elisa's background in comparative religion, music, and acting allows her to offer creative strategies for her clients, while her motto “dare to be seen” urges them to shine their light on the world.


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