Meaningful Monday May 20th

The Artist's Way
The Artist's Way

I'm currently reading "The Artist's way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" by Julia Cameron.

As a matter of fact I just finished my first set of morning pages.  For those of you not familiar with this book, it's a guide to unlocking your creativity.  (yes all of us are creative).  Julia encourages you to get up and write just a stream of consciousness, at least three pages.  Basically get the crap out of your head so that you can start the day fresh and uncluttered so that you can be open to the good stuff.

While I was reading yesterday evening, this jumped out at me...

Quote from the artist's way.
Quote from the artist's way.

"Most of the time we are blocked in an area of our life, it is because we feel safer that way.  We may not be happy, but at least we know what we are unhappy.  Much fear of our own fear creativity is the fear of the unknown. If I am fully creative, what will it mean?  What will happen to me and to others?  We have some pretty awful notions about what could happen.  So, rather than find out we decide to stay blocked.  This is seldom a conscious decision.  It is more often an unconscious response to internalized negative beliefs."

Wow, I can see where I've done that so many times.  Tried to take the safe route, do the known because at least I'm familiar with the feeling of unhappy. It's easier to feel unhappy because I know it.

It's Mindful Monday, so as you move through your day can you stop and notice anything that you are doing that you aren't questioning?  Maybe something that doesn't make you particularly happy, but the alternative is unknown, so it's scary.  Try something outside your comfort zone today.

Let me know how that goes for you.

I'm sure I'll be posting more about this soon. I see a workshop around this book at the studio coming... shoot me an e-mail if you are interested.