Number One: Coming Home to Yourself and the Beauty All Around
My head is full of lumpy clatter. What on earth will I blog about? I don’t know.
What if I give myself permission
to not know,
What if I pause? What if any of us pause, slow down and allow the spaces; even brief ones. Is it possible to allow a minute or two to let up with the voice that badgers us to get something done?
How is it that capital P Productivity became King, while the Duchess of Doing-Very-Little lurks in the shadows? She is guilt-stricken and spurned.
Can it please be OK to relish a moment of Simply Being?
We seem to know that mindful self-care is essential nourishment, but hey. Intellectually knowing something and embodying it are two different things.
Might I allow a pocket of presence?
And might I bring self-compassion to that presence in an act of kindfulness?
Can I rest in the empty space – the minuscule bracket of blankness between one thought-train and the next?
What will I blog about?
This. Exactly what’s happening (or not happening) in my creative process. Even someone who has pretty much dedicated her life to her own creativity and to nurturing creativity in others, struggles to justify the carving out of fertile space. Even someone who deeply knows the value of letting the field lie fallow, is obliged to wrestle with inner critic creatures.
I stop. I slow down. I notice the inner objections. I slow down and breathe.
Breathe. See. Breathe. Listen. Breathe. Feel.
What comes to my attention? Odd corners of my imperfect inner-city dwelling.
Everything is grubby, dusty, stained, especially when you look up close in the bright spring light. No matter.
I will claim its beauty regardless.
I will photograph small nodes of life and decay. I will photograph interrelationships of objects, including the mouldy fabric and the dry leaves.
I am home. I have landed back into myself.
Reasons to Blog. Number One: Coming Home to Yourself and the Beauty All Around
Writing a blog is an incentive to slow down, to touch base with yourself and to truly inhabit moment-to-moment experience. It’s an invitation to become aware of niggly-nasty voices that obstruct and then to bring self-compassion or kindfulness to the turmoil.
Blessings! To blog is to bless oneself and then hopefully others.
Here are a couple of mindfulness/kindfulness links:
And on our very own Art and Soul Space blog, here’s the Mindful, Kindful Texture Walk
Stay tuned for further reasons to blog.
with love, art and soul from Sally