Creating Outside of Time and Space
It’s amazing what a little time away from the studio can do for my creativity.
For those of you who read my blog post about my injury/illness last month, you will already understand my perspective that tough situations can be embraced as gifts. I had been slipping into a workaholic state…running from what exactly?….I’m not entirely certain. And not that it really even matters because the important thing is that I slowed down, started feeling my feels again, and switched things up. And just in time, really. Because it’s SPRING!
I enjoy this season SO much! It’s not that I don’t love every season and what it has to offer, but I think Spring might be my favourite. The possibility encapsulated in the budding of trees and the building of nests…..and the incredible greenness of it all (literally and metaphorically)! Spring leaves (leafs? 🙂 ) me with this intoxicating feeling in my gut. Excitement. Youthful energy. Potential. Inspiration. The possibilities feel endless and I am driven to leave behind my routine to get outside and explore.
And that is exactly what I’ve been doing.
That voice in my head that says, “You’re out in the forest again? Shouldn’t you be getting back to work? Market season is only a month away!” is still present, but not in an overpowering way. I call that voice “the manager” and I really do appreciate him (yes, he is a masculine presence), but there are times when I just need him to take a back seat. I’ve remembered that he is not impossible to live with……he will listen with when I ask nicely.
Spring is the season of my inner wild child. There’s no keeping her indoors at this time of year. She comes home late with muddy knees, covered in blackfly bites, absolutely ecstatic and planning her next adventure! Her presence is SO extremely important in my life and to my work. She is the generator of ideas, the stoker of the fires of imagination and without her I would be one seriously miserable creature.
The point of all this rambling is just my long-winded way of saying, “Hey! I’m feeling much better and things are great. I’ve checked my workaholism and have been out playing again!”
My creativity is through the roof! I’ll spend 3 hours a day in the studio and create at 5X the rate I was previously, because it’s all just flowing so effortlessly. I’m spending all this time playing and somehow I’m getting way more work done than before.
Interesting how that works, huh?
This is not a new situation for me to find myself in, but it always surprises the heck out of me. It’s almost as if I’m working outside time and space altogether. And I think I actually might be, because when in the state of “flow” aren’t we somehow effortlessly transported? I’ve written about working on autopilot before, but this is very different. Autopilot feels flat, uninspired and ironically effort-full, where flow feels magical and effortless. I think flow must happen in 5 dimensions (or maybe 10 dimensions?) I’m no scientist.
No time, no space….just the eternal present moment.
So look, I feel as though I’m busting at the seams in the best kind of way and just wanted to share. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be out in the forest exploring. 🙂