About an year ago, I once reached a dead end in my creative pursuit. Everything seemed dull and boring and nothing would inspire me. My brain just wouldn’t churn out anything.

My sister had a very easy solution for my dullness. She hurtled me into the car and dropped me off in a park near our apartment.

And left.

I walked about dully. Saw the butterflies, the children playing, the trees, the plants. I sat on a bench and let the mosquitoes bite me a little. In 10 minutes, I was no longer seeing things, I was absorbing nature. A big “Why?” had been hanging in my mind, hitting me like a sledge-hammer every time I attempted to do something creative. “Why do this?”

When I saw the flowers, the leaves on the trees rustling in the mild breeze, the fluttering butterflies, the insects, a new kind of inspiration settled into me: none of these, the flowers, butterflies, the insects, are asking why they need to do what they need to do. They are simply carrying out their roles, big or small or tiny. Then why do I need to throw that “Why?” at me every time? The “Why?” never arose again.

Many times, a walk in the park may be all you need to clear your block. Sometimes, the mind can get stuck on some incomplete thought or idea and not budge from it. A change of place may be good, but a brush with nature is the best medicine.

Recent scientific studies have proved, that spending time with nature improves creative abilities of individuals by almost 50%. There is an improvement in intelligence as well.

Spending time with nature is actually giving nourishment and true relaxation to the mind. All the technology in the world cannot replace the subtle experiences of nature. Technology is a good tool, but spending excessive amount of time on it can reduce your observation powers and attention to detail, even though the mind is engaged with it a lot more.

Nature is not only a solution for a creative block, but many times, it can also be an inspiration. After all, all of life, all innovation, all creative efforts started with nature. It is the biggest and an ever-changing specimen of living creativity.


Flickr Photo by Ed Schipul


PLOS ONE: Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings

National Geographic: Connecting With Nature Boosts Creativity and Health

Healthline: Unplugged: Spending Time in Nature Increases Creativity

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