Balance: Life and Art

What a year it’s been.  Moving to Colorado, many ups & downs (and not just my commute over the mountains ha ha ha) … a lot of fodder for thought packed into a relatively short amount of time.  You could say the stimuli have been highly concentrated for the past while.

Lately I’ve felt my pendulum swinging from a strong drive to go out and meet people, join groups, visit family and friends all over the country and interact constantly with others, to a definite and un-ignorable desire to go inward.   I have really felt most like getting down on my hands and knees and digging around in the muddy earth that is my brain.  Since May (spring Sufi camp, actually) my main desires have been to pray; to chant; to push deeper into understanding, even just a tiny bit more; and to create and create and create!  The feeling of fertility in the inner landscape has lasted a long enough time to surprise me.  Though I hold the awareness that it IS a cycle, and it WILL end, and swing in perhaps a third, as yet unknown direction — I still fear its end because I don’t have faith in myself to make the most of it.

Instead of just sitting down and making stuff, which is what I want to do, instead I sit down and ponder how best to divide up my time, and then I have a discussion about it, and then I dust my furniture, and then I remember something I need to do for work, and THEN I might squeeze in half an hour of letting neat things flow from my hands.  But really, even those half hours, even those fifteen minutes sometimes, they come around more often than is normal for me and so *I* feel like it is a rather lavish abundance.  So, that’s a good thing!

The more I decide to let myself be absorbed in what I really want to do, the less fear will have room to rise up and distract me.  So, that’s what I’m working on right now.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Balance: Life and Art

  1. Instead of just sitting down and making stuff, which is what I want to do, instead I sit down and ponder how best to divide up my time, and then I have a discussion about it, and then I dust my furniture, and then I remember something I need to do for work, and THEN I might squeeze in half an hour of letting neat things flow from my hands.

    I’ve found it reassuring that this seems to be a common process among many really creative people. Maybe it’s like a dog who walks around in circles before it can settle down for a nap? I wrote something the other day about how strangely my having a bizarre and on-the-surface unproductive prewriting process somehow made me feel more like a real author! http://rockinlibrarian.livejournal.com/223583.html

    And perhaps the people who just sit down and DO IT never get quite as down DEEP in their work as they could have, if they’d only puttered around and let it sink in more….

    • Very interesting, very interesting. Perhaps it is all just part of the process but I do still want to end more time “just doing it”! For me there is seemingly unproductive … and then there’s just unproductive lol. I do encourage my students to take breaks and naps though!

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