How do you feed your creative spirit?
We all have different appetites; our creative selves hanker after different stimulation. It could be seasonal. In winter I crave quieter activity and savor the edge times. In summer, I make whatever I can out of doors in the boldest light I can find, colorful, noisy, and bright.
Since January, I have undertaken a small embroidery project as care for my creative spirit. I pick it up early when my meditation candle is lit and the sun is just beginning to rise. I learned about the #1stitchaday project on Instagram and it inspired me to do a little stitching every day. My friend Erica gifted me these denim pockets cut out of too-worn jeans last summer, and now they are the perfect size to stitch on. It is a judgement-free zone where I let myself play with color and texture, with new techniques and suggestions from the Universe. I just finished this pocket, perfect timing for this new month, which begins with a Full Moon and ends with a Blue Moon!
Probably my longest-time struggle in my inner life is to feel like I am enough.
Like Goldilocks testing beds, I have felt like I am either not enough for any given situation-not good enough, interesting enough, capable or pretty or skinny or talented or mature or gifted or you name it! Or I have felt the reverse, too much–too crazy hair, too big lips, too loud, too messy, too many skills and not enough control or excellence, too much of everything not-good and thus, again, not worth the time. I suspect I am not alone in this. Hm?
When I picked up this denim pocket and considered what I would like to remind myself of daily, I pictured a teacup of enoughness from which I could drink every single day. Even though I would like to blame the world for telling me I am not enough, it is mine to re-calibrate, to appreciate, to tenderly love and care for myself. I aim to see myself as enough.
Thus, the Cup of Enoughness.
Next I will sew it on to an apron.
This is a big day, March 2. An important family birthday happens today.
And it is the launch of an anthology of stories that I want you to know about.
My International Women’s Writing Guild colleagues Anne Anthony and Cathleen O’Connor have published The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory. My story, Fresh Greens is included, along with a story by one of my Powder Keg Writing Workshop writers, Karlee Fain, along with images by Patricia Decker, another writer who is also a photographer and has several images that illustrate the stories.
This anthology is lovingly created. The book is a call to action to share these stories and images with those in your household or community who struggle with memory loss. These are stories you can gift to others and stories that you can read to those for whom the ability to read is now challenging. I have read the whole book this week and there are memorable stories of so many different styles, all very short, and very human.
March is Read Across America Month
and a great time to connect and read with some one you love. It’s more important than ever that we uplift each other and spend time together recapturing that magic that only wonderful stories and beautiful images can provide.
As we enter March, I hope you will Care For Your Creative in whatever ways suit you. But more than hope, I urge you to take action, because even a few minutes of your hands moving with something that brings you pleasure and fuels your inner fires will bring new joy and pave the way for more.
Tell me about your daily practice, what is working for you, what challenges you, what scares you about it, what you wish you could do, or about what is working for you and how your daily creative practice feeds you.
I look forward to sharing The Collection with you!
PS I have donated copies to the Great Barrington Public Libraries and I plan to donate to the Senior Center in town. Do you know of an elder who would love to be read to? Try The Collection!