I am feeling really inspired. Last weekend, I started reading The Artist Way by Julia Cameron. I bought it on the recommendation of my new mentor Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly owns Tranquil Space, the studio where I am doing my Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. One of the things I have come to admire about her is her zest for life. In one of our training sessions, she attributed a lot of her creativity to Cameron's text. So, I got a copy and got reading.
Although writing is the medium through which she works, Julia Cameron believes that the creative process is a spiritual one and universal to all artistic pursuits. Most artists who are "blocked" are somehow disconnected from their divinity or spiritual identity. Throughout the book, which she calls a course, she offers multiple strategies for finding "a spiritual path to higher creativity."
One of the tools is morning pages. In essence, you commit to writing longhand three full pages of text every day. The idea is to allow your thoughts to flow without judgment or criticism. It is intended to be a stream of consciousness. There also is the discipline of writing daily--no matter how you are feeling, your level of inspiration, or emotional status. I have written my morning pages each day since last Saturday when I read the chapter on them, and it's had me feeling inspired.
So, I am committing to sharing more of my writings with you on my blog. I was largely absent last fall after I dealt with a series of health challenges. It appears the worst is over, and I now have the energy to devote to other pursuits, including writing and creativity.
Today, I begin my weekly Musings. It will appear on Fridays as I reflect on the past week. In particular, I will be thinking about my theme word for the year--flourish--and tracking my progress toward my four big goals (financial, personal, professional and relational). I hope you enjoy the journey with me.
This was a good week to flourish. I was able to:
Do you see the pattern?
Each of these highlights were more about others than myself. After identifying the pattern of fining my enjoyment through helping others, I forced myself to go deeper and be more self-focused. What did I do for myself that was genuinely enjoyable?
The best part was the emotional high I experienced, while simply anticipating each one of these events before they occurred. I also made sure to be present and enjoy the experiences, and then relished in the joy after their conclusion. If this continues, I think 2015 may be my most joyful year yet!
Photo taken at Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibit on Keith Haring in June 2012 during Girls' Weekend in NYC.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.