Raw Joy — the Fire of Creativity

Lake Huron in 2015

Raw joy is the main ingredient to a creative life.

Indulge in it to the max.

The more you indulge in raw joy, the less garbage you make, the less time you waste, the less prone you are to hanging out with the wrong people — who steal your time, resources, trust, and who are unconcerned about the harm they cause you, the earth and our neighbours.

The tendency to be wasteful rather than in power is a habit symptomatic of a consumerist society, aimed to distract you from feeling deeply and fully. For a split second, it lets you forget what bugs you, but it never makes up for the lack of raw joy. It can not.

Once you give raw joy high priority and engage with it daily, your need for surrogate satisfaction evaporates. You get ideas that amaze you — even more than they amaze those around you who are watching you.

It is simple: what you like is what you pay attention to. In every area where you feel uncomplicated bliss, you advance easily, you want to explore, and it feels like play.

And that is creativity: play, while making something beautiful, useful, and moving that expands the spirit, your gratitude, your ability to act, your kinship with life, even your receptivity to more raw joy.

That is only the beginning… I promise.

NJ,
Lake Huron,
3 July 2015

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Nanda Jurela

Nanda Jurela

Writer. Poet. Holistic healing facilitator. Gardener. Entrepreneur. Water activist. Gaia lover. Music lover. Exploring zero waste. https://nandajurela.com/