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Daily Practice

I would argue that by nature we are all creative beings as we learn to sense and perceive this earthly life experience. We develop a sense of self that is highly unique to us. Out of these intrinsic peculiarities we align and gather with those of common human ground and lifestyle. But for centuries societies in the form of religions and, more recently, the behavior engineering systems of education and economies, have really mechanized our life routines and diminished our propensity for a daily nourishing creative life.

This year, as I was reading the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, I realized how many daily things I could do to incorporate being a more whole person by practicing creative wonder every morning. The whole routine takes about two hours. But it has brought me incredible nourishment in ways that time, dialogue, and even my friends and family members just can't channel and facilitate. 
 
At the very core of my daily creative practice is to play with Legos every morning. For me it's a metaphor for life our life story. We build up or across, connect the pieces, disassemble our thoughts, patterns, and habits. It's a playful tool that helps you look at life with a lighter lens, with impermanence and the innocence of a child as we navigate life's cry or cheer. 

Play music, of all and any kind. Just dance, jam! Why the heck not? It's a form of self-expression our species has been celebrating for thousands of years. 

Read something, from poetry to philosophy. It can help us understand our life story through the written message of those that have left or leaving us a bank full of wise capital.  

Coloring, splash paint at the colorless gardens of life with a canvas or get a coloring book. It can teach us to interact with the color spectrum and it can teach us to be more patient with simplicity, like the way we move a colored pencil.

And keep writing. Investigate what is it that you really have to say about your life story or really need to ask about your journey. 

Overall, why not use creative pursuits in small amounts to help us channel the real blessings of a fun life worth living!

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About The Author

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

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