|From Jill Badonsky |
March 20, 2017
Just dropping in to say Happy Spring Equinox and to plant some seeds,
Mind Wanting More by Holly Hughes
Once a beige slat of sun
above the horizon, like a shade pulled
not quite down. Otherwise,
clouds. Sea rippled here and
there. Birds reluctant to fly.
The mind wants a shaft of sun to
stir the grey porridge of clouds,
an osprey to stitch sea to sky
with its barred wings, some dramatic
music: a symphony, perhaps
a Chinese gong.
But the mind always
wants more than it has —
one more bright day of sun,
one more clear night in bed
with the moon; one more hour
to get the words right; one
more chance for the heart in hiding
to emerge from its thicket
in dried grasses — as if this quiet day
with its tentative light weren’t enough,
as if joy weren't strewn all around
What would it feel like to believe, just for a minute, that what you have,
and who you are is enough?
Just ask the question.
^Flowers spotted in my journey to the Anza-Borrego Desert last week
Planting Seeds of Creativity
| Spring. |
Little tiny seeds
that all look kind of alike
spring forth in harvest
Questions are seeds.
Musing, daydreaming, and asking questions are not frivolous past times when it comes to creativity. They are valid means to start a momentum in an easy manner that even I have time to execute.
Asking questions programs the creative centers in my mind. The really important part of that: It's a step so small, it doesn't trigger the resistance, procrastination and overwhelm that intercept my best intentions when I put pressure on myself like: write for an hour, paint a perfect picture, or begin my next podcast.
Yet asking a question can make writing, painting and podcasts possible.
Things You Might Ask:
No need to answer them, just ask and watch what feelings and actions "spring" from those questions.
- What would make getting to my creative project easier?
- What would make it more enjoyable?
- What would be a different approach to what I'm doing?
- What do I love about my creative endeavors?
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. ~William S. Burroughs
Jill Badonsky is the founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training, workshop leader, and author/illustrator of three playful but practical books on creativity. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter under Jill Badonsky.