Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Secret eleven - subtracting serenity stealers

So we are on the eleventh secret in the book group "12 Habits of Highly Creative Women" and this is one that is probably my nemesis.
I have an A.D.D. brain which grabs onto everything and anything - racing around enthusiastically endorsing every new idea that I don't have time to act on.
So culling the herd of ideas is a constant thing I need to focus on.
Without clarity, all the great ideas just disappear into the clutter.
So this chapter is the crucial one for me to remember and incorporate.
Over-committing, over-scheduling and over-stimulation -- wow, what a list for me to remember.
I need massive time in my studio for meditation, journeying, contemplation, and just to unwind from my over active brain.
and this used to make me feel guilty - but now I allow myself this time.
It is a necessity for me, and it took me 47 years to know this clearly about myself.
Without clarity, it is hard to see anything.
Without pruning, all the branches grow so close together that they choke each other out and the tree eventually dies.
So it is ESSENTIAL to prune.
I vow to remember this!

and my journal page today?
Is a homage to Johti the parrot, who actually did a dance of joy when he saw this collage painting - how great is that? To have cross-species approval!

"As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points" --Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful journal page!

    It's amazing how the relationship between creativity and the over-active brain. It always comes as a surprise to me that even the yummy stuff can steal our serenity, but it's so true. Your perspective on clarity and pruning is a great reminder. Thank you.