I have listened to so many stories from adults about how their creativity wasn't encouraged or valued when they were young. Some of these adults still persevered and became creatives, but many of them are in a totally different field now.
I find it bittersweet that, at work these days, people are amazed by designers' creativity when actually we were all born with this innate trait. Most of us just get it stamped out of us by the time we reach adulthood. (Read also: The Guardian, "Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school.")
I was one of those kids whose creativity was not encouraged. I was one of those adults that went down a totally different path. But thankfully creativity was such a deep part of me that I found my way back to it.
I think creativity is so important because it's what makes us human. Creativity is not limited to drawing and painting. It's just one of our earliest forms of its expression. It can then be nurtured and applied to so many expressions: cooking, coding, designing, teaching, singing, INVENTING. It's really about the inventiveness of humanity. It's what keeps our minds open. It's what makes us feel alive. It's what has moved our civilization forward. Why would we want to discourage that in kids?
I love hearing from people that Mimochai brings them a sense of wonder and a return to imagination. That's exactly how I want it to feel. I guess it's no surprise that I also want let kids (and adults) know that their creativity is a true strength. I hope they never lose it. I love being around spunky little kids and playful old souls because their minds are so free. If we can grow a wise heart and keep that wondrous mind, that to me is true enlightenment.
That's why creativity is one half of our latest CAMP project. I think it's one of the most important traits to encourage and nurture in kids. Also, I have read and experienced many mindfulness and meditation lessons, but I have not found one that combines it with the lens of creativity. Art activities and imaginative exercises will be a perfect complement mindfulness practices.
Next, I'll share my thoughts on The Importance of Mindfulness, and how it all ties together. For now, I'll leave you with one of my favorite Picasso quotes:
“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.”