This is your question for today: What distracts me? Do ten minutes of automatic writing please. What distracts you from your daily creative habit?
Interesting times…I’m not writing this blog regularly because there is too much going on.
Good, exciting, rejuvenating, heady stuff.
Add to this, a couple of interesting people have come forward to be supported one-to-one on their creative journey.
It’s called coaching, I know, except I have a slight aversion to this word, ‘coaching’ because it’s a skills-based concept and I like to think of helping people find their creative edge as an activity that touches on broader and bigger sweeps of the self, soul, mind, body, spirit, fluffy bunny, chocolate egg, sexuality, call it what you want and bring in a few ghosts, too, plus 30 generations of your ancestors, several invisible and intangible beings, Athena, Poseidon, and as many Nereids as you can fit in.
Yes, here are a couple I photographed, first in Kerkyra, Greece and then in Barcelona, Spain:
Now what I’ve done above, is distracted myself big time; I distracted myself with undisciplined, slightly crazy thoughts which I poured out without any rhyme or reason. I distracted myself writing irrelevant stuff and looking through pictures I felt like sharing with you. But I was making a point: we, humans, are distracted far more often than we are focused.
And yes, it holds us back, but also it can nurture us – as long as we notice; as long as we also continue to create in a humble, daily, disciplined, and, I hope, loving way. But first let’s be honest about what holds us back.
In my case: family, home, the net in all its glory, food, cooking, tidying up, seeing friends, children, paid work, unpaid work, holidays, telly, fiction books, non-fiction books, web courses, other courses, texts, random phone-calls, door-to-door salespeople.
Worst of all, I have this annoying self-image as a ‘nice’, helpful, giving person who won’t easily say ‘sorry, no’ when my help is asked until it’s crystal clear that someone is less of a friend and more of a systematic people-user.
But most of all, what distracts me is my mind.
Because it’s up to me to not take calls when I want to focus; or come off the net, or check emails once every three days, or put up a notice informing door-to-door salespeople that I won’t buy stuff at the doorstep.
Most of what distracts me then, could be simply life; but a good chunk of it is my unfocused mind, jumping from branch to branch like a monkey when it should be knuckling down and concentrating like a good, old-fashioned mathematician working out an interesting and all-absorbing puzzle with pen and paper with no distractions.
So I make a resolution to be aware of my monkey mind and to give more space to my inner mathematician; to practise humbly and steadily, working out solutions; and to go for a walk in nature when I’m depleted.
Now go back to today’s question and work at it for ten minutes. What do you resolve to do about it?