I mention this on the home page and want to elaborate… I have been happy to have tried my hand at many creative things–knitting, archery, sketching and much more. Typically when I have found one that I resonate with, time seems to melt away, and before I know it, I have forgotten to do things like eat, go to the loo… 🙂
When we engage with a creative process, there is such discipline involved! I don’t think it’s feasible to avoid discipline when a committment to a process is made. (Take it from me, I have tried!) Only when I dedicate myself to: learning about the subject, practicing it, and cleaning up from it, do I grow. This has been a long road for me, because I can like the easier, softer ways 🙂
The way I think during process is like a ‘zen-zone’ combination of ‘in the moment’ and thinking several steps ahead. That’s the best I can articulate it, really. It culminates in feelings of joy and expansion in my experience. My belief is that these feelings come from ones’ perception of the soul connection with Source/Creator/ the Universe/God/Jehovah–(whatever name you have for the One Power of Love).
And you know what? I could NOT acquire wisdom from watching others do their creative process–beyond the initial learning, of course. I have tried to achieve spiritual growth through osmosis and it just doesn’t fly for some reason.
Did you ever get an ‘incomplete’ on your report card in school? I used to detest essay deadlines, so I’d procrastinate and then do a rushed, half assed job, then hand it in and feel totally deflated when I received a C grade :/
Applause to all you teachers out there!… The repetitiveness you apply when teaching young minds discipline! There was such emphasis on creative process in the early years at school, which I adored. I recall learning in kindergarten to absolutely dive into the creative project, yet at the same time– be mindful of what I’m doing, respect others who may be affected by my work (like the boy next to me who got the fallout from my glue bottle challenge), and clean up any mess I make!
Written from what I feel is such a lighthearted, graceful perspective, “All I really need to know, I learned in Kindergarten” sums it up beautifully. Thank you, Robert Fulgham!