I am not fantastic at slowing down and breathing and consequently end up burnt out and stressed more often than one should… the concept of slowing down and resting in order to get things done both makes sense to me and goes completely against the grain. I have noticed of late I do not feel as though I am getting anywhere on the treadmill that is my life. Gym visits, hours spent on computers and home repairs seem to be more detrimental to my progress than they are helpful.
I had a bit of a moment the other morning – sitting in bed writing my morning pages with a coffee, wondering if it would be okay to sub in a baileys, before remembering I am an adult and binning that idea completely. So, my moment, realising that I have been operating in a reactionary mode for the last couple of months and need to do the human equivalent of shutting the computer down, unplugging it in order to plug it back in and start all over again. Because I am a melinial I couldn’t do anything as radical as actually unplugging as a means of problem solving, so I got online and looked for the answers to all my problems…
After I stopped procrastinating and looking at pink sneakers – I came across the book Walking in this World by Julia Cameron, a 12 week course designed to recover the creative self and develop ‘new strategies and techniques to break through difficult creative ground.’ It is her sequel to The Artists Way a course to awaken and inspire your inner artist, which I completed in 2020.
Throughout the course, Walking in this World, asks the artist (that would be me – or you) to:
- Write Morning Pages (3 pages of free flow writing first thing every morning …. something I have now been dong for almost a year);
- Go on an Artist’s Date, which is a “Festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery.” (I talk about some of my previous Artist Dates in my 7 things and 7 days post!)
- Complete a ‘check-in’ with yourself at the end of each week.
- Go on a weekly walk to ‘untangle’ the mind, breath and slow down and feel the world around you.
As mostly I feel like I am drowning in this world, or running away from this world….is Julia Cameron’s sequel to the Artist’s Way course and my current ‘homework.’
Watch this space.