Ceremonial Cacao & Creativity
Late winter got you feeling stuck? Looking to get re-inspired?
Ceremonial cacao is a great tool for getting those juices flowing and re-connecting with the creative forces that help us feel alive & purposeful.
The slower winter months can be challenging so it's a perfect time to lean into the tools that help bring us joy and into a state of flow.
Cacao is a catalyst for creativity and re-finding those passions. Its heart-centered focus allows us to release our expressive energies while not getting stuck in the doubting or production-oriented voices we carry with us.
So whatever your creative outlet, be it painting, drawing, poetry, song & dance, writing or whatever art means to you, put some time aside and follow these steps:
- Carve out a couple of hours to yourself. Yes, just yourself!
- Prepare any creative supplies you need and the space you'll be in. Take some time with this step so it feels optimally conducive to feeling nurtured, safe and supportive of whatever inspiration comes
Prepare your ceremonial cacao drink. Check out the recipe here
- Take a moment to breathe deeply, give gratitude for the cacao, and set the intention to be with yourself and your creative energies for as long as needed
- Drink your cacao. Luxuriate in the deliciousness of it.
- After consuming the cacao, you can help get the energies flowing by light movement/yoga, meditation or vocalizing (mantra's, singing or medicine songs)
- From there, pick up your art supplies and simply follow your intuition. Make a mental note to shelve any doubts or stories that you need to produce something. Just follow the bliss & joy and absorb yourself in the process. Remember what it was like as a child making art. Be messy, draw outside the lines, sribble, scrap your work and start over. Focus on whatever is coming through you without judgement.
- When you feel complete, take a few moments to appreciate yourself, the cacao, and whatever your produced. Seriously, appreciate your art, no matter how it looks. It's yours.
- You might also want to journal & reflect on the process and how the time was. This can be helpful in integrating any insights that arose during your time.
Repeat as desired!