Like “don’t sweat the small stuff,” “one day at a time,” and “just do it,” there are slogans that some of us live by and work with. In the current chapter of Finding Water that we’re reading, one of the mantras is “easy does it.”
Have you thought about how or when you use this phrase? When I say “easy does it,” I really mean, slow down, do this slowly and carefully, and don’t rush it. I only ever use it in the circumstance of some physical exertion. If I think about what it says . . . what does it really mean?
Julia Cameron makes a case that it means if you show up daily to your artist’s work, do a little at a time, don’t obsess about it, don’t become all-consumed by it, then you will get it done eventually. Taking it easy gets the work done. If I apply my meaning of the phrase to artistic endeavors, I mean the same thing. Slow down. Don’t rush the process. Show up to do the work and let the creativity flow through you.
This doesn’t mean that every time we take time to do something artsy that it will be brilliant, but it also doesn’t imply that we have to be in the “mood” to create. The more we create, the more we make ourselves available as creative channels, the more likely we are to have the strokes of “brilliance” and to see the Divine reflected in our works. Days or years later when you reflect back on your work, you might be amazed that you really did that, that you really were a channel of the Divine, of Spirit, of Creativity.
I hope that, like me, you can accept the challenge of assuming a mantra like “Easy does it.” Pick a hobby/craft/art that you want to do, need to do, but don’t make the time for because if you got in “the zone,” you might neglect everything and anything for your art. Now, make a contract with yourself that you will set aside, say, 20 minutes a day to devote to your “hobby.” Take a mommy-time-out if you need to. I am today to write this. I told my kids it’s still quiet time until I’m done writing. We have to teach by example, my friends, and then we have to respect their time in return. Don’t expect it to be easy the first few times, either. (I counted four interruptions from three kids.)
Twenty minutes a day, consistently if you can. Be open. Have fun. Let’s give Creativity some room to move.