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01 July 2007

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Lynne Gillis

Your post made me think about how many times I haven't given myself "permission" to simply enjoy a few quiet moments... I look around me and all I see are things that need to be tended to... things that need to be done. Seems I measure my worth based on how much I do, not how much I am. This is such a great reminder... Thanks, Rebecca.

Jennifer

I have the same problem. Well kind of. I wish more creative thoughts would bombard me. But anyway, I run around trying to get things done so I can set down and play. I have grand ideas of things I want to do. I will look forward to that moment all day, maybe even for a couple days. Then I get a diet coke, get all settled in, start flipping though pictures and paper.... and nothing. Nothing happens. I can't even pick a picture. I just get up and walk away discouraged. What is so sad about the whole thing is that I go to the table less and less now days. Maybe I need to worry less about the laundry and dishes and more about setting down and playing every once in a while.

Petra

Great post! I love it!!!

The older I get, the more I realize I don't want to be too busy to enjoy my life. :)

Chantal

I so relate to this post. Although I love being idle or getting lost in some gentle activity, I find it can be a bit of challenge to give myself that gift regularly. I'm self-employed and my freelance work often requires me to work long hours, even at weekends... and I find myself catching up with life and housechores once a project is completed... whereas what I need is some slow and quiet time so that my creativity doesn't dry up. I'm getting better at it though and am learning to put my essential need to "fill the well" (another Julia Cameron concept :-) at the top of my list. Thank you for this great post. I've just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it.

Chantal

I so relate to this post. Although I love being idle or getting lost in some gentle activity, I find it can be a bit of challenge to give myself that gift regularly. I'm self-employed and my freelance work often requires me to work long hours, even at weekends... and I find myself catching up with life and housechores once a project is completed... whereas what I need is some slow and quiet time so that my creativity doesn't dry up. I'm getting better at it though and am learning to put my essential need to "fill the well" (another Julia Cameron concept :-) at the top of my list. Thank you for this great post. I've just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it.

carol

I can so relate to this post. I often feel guilty about taking some break or down time. I was in Virginia teaching last week and when I was planning the weekend, allowed for an extra day at the beginning and end of the trip, just to play. Right before I left, I was mentally regretting that time...I had so many deadlines to meet and I really needed that time to create. Taking those two extra days was just what I needed...the play time was inspirational and I found myself being so productive and creative when I got home. Great post, Rebecca! A fabulous reminder!

Angie

I can so relate to this post. Busyness and creativeness do not work well in my world. It is like my brain is so cluttered that it can't expand itself to possibilities.
I'm glad to know that in some ways we are all the same!
Have a great day Rebecca.

teresa

I totally agree w/you and Miss Cameron. It's after idleness or long intense distractions away from my cluttered mind and routines, that my best work seems to come! So does this mean you are in idle mode? With greatness to come? Maybe if you feel like and aren't pressured?! :) Hope so!

liz elayne

this is so true...thank you for these words. i have found that when i take that time away from it all to just breathe and soak in my life, when i return i have renewed and am able to create my best work.

happy day to you!

Rachel Saunders

Rebecca I can toatally relate to that I had been thinking along the same lines. I am so busy with other things and desparately want to create and then can't ...so I am gointg to make sure I have some idle time!!

Kelly

I love the feeling of being idle, but allowing myself to actually do it is not easy. But isn't that when God speaks the loudest? When we're idle and open and listening? I find myself trying to cram productivity (good stuff) into every moment...what am I missing? Peace, and the joy that comes with it. I'm going to keep working on it. Glad to know I'm not the only one...

Vickie Coonfare

I've been working through the Artist Way for awhile now. I have many other of Diane Cameron books. In it she talks about going to the well for inspiration. If we constantly draw out without replenishing we become dry. I can identify with this as well.

Lara Cousins

I've been working through The Artists Way, and it seems to be the thing I put down when I get too busy. Need to relook at that!
Thanks for the inspiration Rebeca.
blessings
{L}

Felecia

Such an honest and inspiring post. As a working mom of an 8 month old, I so realte to never having that stillness. I know I have trouble with the initial moments of "silence." It takes very little time before my ears and eyes adjust and I can see and hear those things that remain in the background of my normal life...birds, frogs, the wind in the trees, the sound of the rain, the old gold frame around my favorite mirror, how curly and dark my son's hair has gotten. Sometimes it almost hurts how much I miss in my frenzy.

I LOVE the Artist's Way and Julia Cameron - the morning pages concept of emptying the well. One of her other books requires a daily walk as a tool. I find that when I don't empty myself with the pages and then fill with an artist's date and/or daily walk, I get creatively...uh...constipated! he he he...

Perhaps most striking is the concept that the things that can make us healthy are so amazingly simple. I think sometimes we are so busy that we forget that simple things are healing and necessary and that every second we are awake does not require our busy-ness...

Very powerful and thought provoking...THANKS!

Shannon J

I can Totally relate... I am going through a "want to be creative" but just have sooo much clutter in my mind right now. It could have alot to do with the fact that we are getting ready to leave on vacation for a week at the beach... hmmmm..... oh yeah, and it's the Fourth of July! (Take a breath.... ;) )
Happy 4th!

Hugs,
Shannon

Elizabeth

I find I do my best creative work with the best energy of the day. Usually that means first thing in the morning. If I wait until the day has worn itself out, I am less likely to have that spontaneous "sparking" of creativity flowing through me and the project becomes a task instead of a joy.

Sometimes it's hard to justify creative work with the "first fruits" of the day. But if creative work is your life's work, then you have to stop making excuses for it and simply accept that you will always create subpar work unless you offer the best of yourself to the process.

I am a writer and this is how I live my life.

Brigitta

I sometimes wish I was a little less idle and more industrious ;-)

Lisa

A wonderful post and quite fitting for me to find it this week. More and more I'm understanding that my creativity is a cycle. It's just kind of strange to accept that a part of that cycle requires no activity and sometimes we just don't have a say in the matter of when that happens! I just keep telling myself that even though it might seem that nothing is happening (because there's obviously no masterpieces being churned out from my art table), there's a lot going on behind the scenes so it's OK. My creative muse is up in my brain somewhere, subconsiously busy dusting off ideas, sweeping bits of creativity into neat little piles and recharging my imagination's battery. Somehow with that visual in my head I don't mind giving myself permission to goof off sometimes. So glad I discovered your blog.

Cindy (JunqueArt)

Thanks so much for this post! It tells me that I am not alone in my feelings. I feel like this so often! I took the Artist's Way class a while back and I really need to revisit it. Thanks for the quote...I too will try to apply it to my creativity.

ellene

thanks for this post, and I totally understand what you mean. I've read The Artist's Way a couple of times, and there is SO much in that book that makes total sense. love the blog!

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