It’s been a bit misty and foggy here on the personal creative front. Lots of facilitating other people’s creativity though. You would think that that would be all the inspiration and support I’d need. Apparently not.
However, after many a long walk, conversations with friends, writing it out, and coaching help…it feels like something is shifting and even lifting. I can see new forms of support and action steps magically appearing: an invitation to a writing themed potluck dinner. Several musical jams with both familiar and new groups. An invitation to join with another local singer-songwriter to potentially create a musical show together.
The juices are moving again. My step is lighter.
Still…I would have to say the ultimate support to this musical dream was buying myself a beautiful new guitar! Something that I have been researching and trying to do for at least three or more years.
So…why now, suddenly, do I allow myself to purchase it?
Practical? Having a guitar with a built in pickup takes away one of the hurdles to getting up on stage. An impulse? A new open mic opportunity was coming up soon. Security? Feeling a little more financially stable lately did indeed help.
All elements yes, but I think it was also something deeper than any of those logical reasons. I think this was actually a message about self respect. Some part of me saying: “Recognize that music is medicine for you. Acknowledge that you are worthy of this expense that nourishes your soul. Accept that it is up to YOU to feed and nurture this creative spark. No one else. You.”
The mist that has been obscuring my creative practice for a long time is dissipating. I am giving my creativity more time, attention and space to breathe. Interestingly, as I attend to this creative practice there appears to be more ease in the other parts of my life too. I like the side affects to this medicine.
Everything is connected…so it makes sense to respect and focus energy on what is core to being you! Right?
Tell me…what helps you cope with the mist in your life? How are you feeding and nurturing joy in your life? How do you show respect towards yourself? I encourage you to leave a comment below. Your story might just help someone see their own story in a new light.