When returned to Oaxaca Sunday from teaching in Puerto Vallarta and a short vacation in Mexico City/Cuernavaca, I came home to my own Internet mysteriously (accidentally, according to the cable company) disconnected.
And then my website went down. Which is where my online workshops are hosted.
It’s so weird how technology does these things…just at the moment something big is happening, like a new online workshop!
Yes, all of these tech snafu’s were timed perfectly to coincide with the first lesson of Creative + Practice that went out yesterday.
This post contains much of the message I humbly sent to all the participants (along with a quick work-around while our site gets resurrected).
You’ll also get to see one of this week’s course videos, called, Why Practice.
I’m sharing this here because I’m getting a lot of questions about the Creative + Practice class, and also because there are some great lessons here about what having a sturdy creative practice really do for you.
Hint: Creative practice will support you when the chips are down. Like they are for me, right now.
Working Analog = Sanctuary
One of the magical elements of doing Creative + Practice that I take deep enjoyment in and am eager for you to experience, is: it’s a totally analog process.
While the course can happen digitally (which I am so grateful for when it works, as we have people participating worldwide), the actual practice itself takes place just between you, the waiting blank page, and whatever you have to write or doodle with.
The moment I tend to the rest of my overflowing email box, I’m making a beeline to my own sketchbook, my favorite pen, and a fresh cup of tea.
Without creative practice? That’s when I would tend to self-destruct with too much emotional eating, mindless TV-watching, and/or head back to bed and put my head under the covers.
With creative practice, my response and outcomes are different.
I know my sketchbook is waiting for me. I can do my crisis-management (without drama, without ripping a new one into whoever broke the website, without a big shame-attack at disappointing and inconveniencing my students) and look forward to getting back to something creative:
- my writing for the day,
- another publishing deadline,
- some more hot tea,
- some play on blank paper involving new luscious paints brought to me from Canada (thank you, Helen!) and the US (muchas gracias, Suzy!)
- a little love note to you, who are reading my blog (thank YOU!)
- a walk down the street for a green smoothie (I came home to my blender also broken)
Putting your creative work into the world? It can really suck sometimes
When technology fails, when plans get derailed, when the heart is struck sideways by a launch then ends up making people frustrated before they’ve even started…ouch…that is so painful.
And this is the stuff that a life of creative entrepreneurship is made of. Putting things out there from the heart…and having blips in the continuum (outside of one’s own control) effect the landing, the intention.
What Creative + Practice gives me, always, is a refuge from technology’s harsher edges, along with a way to deep dive through the fray, beneath life’s mini-dramas, and into the larger story that is happening.
The larger story within each of us that begs to be told in the pages of our sketchbooks, in the heart of our practice. The larger, deeper current that leads us to our heart’s desire. What really matters.
Bonus: Not lying in bed under the covers + with chocolate chip cookie dough + watching reruns of Keeping Up With The Kardashians = priceless.
Not that there’s anything wrong with any of that…except that when you know it’s destructive action, rather than constructive action. (I go into detail on constructive/destructive actions in The Creative Entrepreneur book).
Myths of Creativity
One of the myths of creativity is that we need to feel inspired or be in some kind of exaulted mood to work. Or we need ideal circumstances flowing around us, making everything comfortable.
Well…waiting around for everything to be “just right” so we can feel good enough to work means waiting around for an eternity. At least, that has been true in my experience.
When we have a sturdy creative practice, we can work regardless of mood, circumstance, annoyances, frustrations, technological complications, and all the other mini-dramas life presents.
By the way, the mini-dramas tend to show up, as if on cue, the minute we get close to what we really love. We deal with that paradox a great deal in all of the workshops I teach.
What creative practice does
Creative practice offers us a method for accessing the more vital story happening behind the mini-dramas of life that keep playing out. Everything that keeps us stuck is held in place by the mini-dramas.
Creative practice helps us loosen our grip on all of that, so we can better access our innate wisdom, and let the creative dreams that keeps tugging at us to emerge onto the page.
Having a regular creative practice is something that can support every area of your life. Whatever it is that you want to create next, creative practice can help you identify it, express it, work it and achieve it.
More specifically, the 8 week online workshop is designed to help us:
- Utilize the power of positive habit change
- Develop a daily creative practice in a gentle, yet effective and sustainable way
- Build a solid foundation for a flourishing Creative Practice you can use for a lifetime
- Challenge assumptions and old patterns of thought
- Learn easy-to-use expressive arts tools without any previous art or writing experience
- Discover the ease and joy that creative expression offers
- Access the innate creativity and unique voice that is inside of you
- Find many ways to practically use creative practice to make progress on your goals, dreams, and ideas
- Use creative practice as a tool for healing, transformation, problem-solving and insight
Now, here’s the video, Why Practice, from Week 1 of Creative + Practice.
What ideas are you taking away from this article that you can use now? Share your insights in the comments, below.
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