Find Focus with Ash Smudge
Today is Ash Wednesday in Christian churches worldwide. Ashes are distributed at services to literally and figuratively mark the beginning of the Lenten season. This liturgical time marks the six weeks before Easter Sunday. In this tradition, Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection are remembered, recalled, and, in the end, celebrated. To learn more about the history of Ash Wednesday, look here: http://time.com/4210001/ash-wednesday-ash-forehead/
Creatives, too, have cycles in their growth. We can feel persecuted for our faith in creativity – especially when it is blocked. We may figuratively die from the harsh criticism from others or ourselves. Yet, in the end, we, too, can rise in creative flow.
Remembering the Path
Creatives need to remember that our path is not a linear one. We encounter successful highs, dreadful lows, and winding literary transactions as we proceed with our journeys. Remembering that these paths are supposed to be this way, instead of a one-size-fits-all roads, helps us hit the ground running. Why waste time cursing the curves when we can appreciate that our trips are tailor-made for our creative growth and development?
Take a walk. It doesn’t matter whether it is in snow-covered woods or along a sunny strip of beach. It might be near a busy city street or a manicured residential neighborhood. If you are so inclined, walk to a church, temple, or synagogue to take in a service or to simply look at the architecture, statues, and stained glass. Stroll for 20-30 minutes. Then, return to your journal. Write for at least 15 minutes. Note everything you saw and any symbols that the journey offered. Note what feels like it is dying and what is rising in its place. Just make note of it. The change is happening within you as you become open to the path. Nothing else is needed of you at this time.
Here’s to growing your flow,