Last week when I shared some thoughts on developing a dedicated creative practice, a lot of interesting comments, and ideas, and reminders came up that helped me (re)start the journey.
Before, sitting down to create when I didn't feel like it sounded like icky forcing - but these last few days of showing up for the practice felt far from icky. Each day starts off a bit awkward, but after just a few marks, I often find myself lost in doodling or finding clarity. (And not always, but that's okay!)
I've discovered that not having expectations around what I do, leaves room for me to simply focus on showing up and staying present. I have yet to feel like I want to write or draw or paint... but I know I want to have a creative practice.
So each day, at the same time, I simply show up and make a mark.
No pressure. No desired outcome. Just openness and a mark.
Having grandiose ideas around the practice would just make it feel like a big heavy thing on my 'to-do' list that would likely lead to fits of the 'I-don't-wanna's'! I also know that if I continued on as I was, only creating when the mood strikes, I would show up less and less until perhaps one day I'd find myself not being able to call myself 'creative' at all.
Allowing myself to make crap day after day ensures that I'm present and ready for the moments when the muse (or the universe or creative flow) decides to flow through me.
It just takes some trust and consistency in showing up. And yes, it's hard.
Commitment may not fit into our glamorous idea of being creative, but it's what works, and it's what nourishes us.
Like my mentor, Kate Swoboda, so timely said in a recent blog post: "We need to water our personal selves much like we water plants." It's not about whether you have the time, or whether or not you know what to do - "It's about a choice to step into consistently practicing the things that make your life feel better."
So if creative expression makes your Soul feel alive, as it does mine... what are you waiting for?
All it takes is a devotion to make a mark each day. You never know where it might lead!
Always in curiosity and love,
>> I'D LOVE TO KNOW - WHAT ARE YOU READY TO COMMIT TO?
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