Journaling: Baiting Creativity

Trying to force creative production is ineffective, as creative forces don’t respond well to external pressure. To begin creative work we need only provide time and space to creativity and to then bid it come.

Sometimes we’re at a place in our lives where we have neither time nor space to give. Carving out an afternoon for writing or painting and preparing a space to do it in won’t in themselves create the stillness and spaciousness required for creativity when our lives and our thoughts have become too distracting.

It’s a lovely miracle that the urge to create is also an urge to feather art’s nest by choosing simpler lives and learning to still our thoughts. Let it be, and the art will come.

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