Feed your soul. Create the space
to dream with paint. It’s not a race.
There’s so much pressure to produce.
I say, ‘Let go. Play slow and loose.’
There’s nothing wrong with outcome-driven.
Just don’t take it as a given.
Pause, reflect, renew, revive.
You must be self-full to survive.
‘What’s self-full, Sal?’, I hear you ask.
It isn’t self-ish. It’s the task
of saying No to others’ tugs.
Just sometimes: No. It’s cosy hugs
of care for self. You fill the well,
‘cos if you don’t, you hear a bell.
The bell says, ‘You are tired, defeated.
Careful. You’ll become depleted.’
Self-full Well Creative Care
Sustains your spirit. Do you dare?
(a little poem by Sally)
PS Temenos = sacred space in ancient Greek
PPS Julia Cameron originated the Artist Date for filling the well. See her books, particularly The Artist’s Way.
‘The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the
imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.’
(direct from the wondrous Julia C’s website).
Do you need to fill your well?
Do you need to say No to a few demands here and there
to create the space for your soul nourishment?