The Ritual is the Reminder
There have been an incredible amount of articles and studies published on how ritual and expressive writing can help people get over emotional upheavals such as anxiety, depression, loss…the list goes on and on. I don’t know about you, but as I get older I always feel like I do not have enough time and my energy levels seem to be more sensitive than ever before. Perhaps that is why writing and ritual are such great bedfellows. The two can work together to create a meditative space, carving out some alone time to savor gratitude or process hardship.
But how does this apply to YOU? There are hundreds of ways to organize your day. You can try someone else’s mumbo jumbo (from the book Daily Rituals -aspirin and speed for Sartre, staying in your pjs, standing on your head for helping with writer’s block) or a “scientific” based routine – but the truth is that you need to reflect on what works best for you.
I know a few things that work for me, and the rest is just mashed potatoes — a big gelatinous mass of possibility. So I am going to track myself for the month of December. For 2016 I want to begin the year knowing the answers to the following questions:
- What powers the “me” machine? What food and drink leads to creativity for me and in what quantities? How much sleep do I need to be productive?
- How to stay away from the rabbit hole. What are the choices that lead me away from using my time creatively?
- The right tools for the job? Do time management methods actually work for me? You can read more about those here.
- Keeping water in the well. What is a consistent source of inspiration when I am feeling the bone dry blahs?
- Biorhythms: What is the best time for me to be creative and how do I guard that time for myself?
I am simply going to do a pen and paper tally at the end of every day, and I will publish the “results” in my next blog post.
What are questions that you think could aid your creative practice and give you an edge in 2016? In short: what are you up against and what tools will help you prevail?
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