THE HOLIDAYS ARE SUCH A BLUR!! Yep its that time of year again for the great holiday mash up. The Christmas trees and Egg Nog have been in the stores for weeks already. And now the TV commercials for holiday merchandise are starting to roll in. And the whole election morass has amplified and exascerbated this phenomena. I almost can't wait to get back to tuning out the awful and ever-present pro-fracking commercials funded by Big Oil. It all just seems to go on longer every year. A neighbor of mine has had some pretty tasteless Halloween decorations up since August!! You may have noticed, haha, that my sensitive, arty-type inner child is feeling the overwhelm. So when the going gets tough... the sensitive get cartooning! I haven't done it in a while. But it is very therapeutic for me! I've always been a fan of single panel cartoons, like the Far Side by Gary Larson and editorial cartoonists like Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Toles of the Washington Post. As they say laughter is good medicine! I think we all (me, myself and I) just need to lighten up and flow through this gauntlet with a little bemused detachment! Here's hoping we all succeed. Keep smiling!
It has been unseasonably warm and dry here in Colorado. Highs in the 70s now for weeks on end. We keep waiting for the other shoe to drop and bring us colder temps and a long overdue snow. But for now, I will content myself with one of my favorite fall rituals, crunching thru leaves. When I lived in Boston, the color of the leaves were magnificent, but when it came time to rake, typically the leaves were wet and underneath, frozen to the ground. No crunchity, crunch crunch. So for those of you who are enduring the frozen tundra right now or who don't have four seasons, here's a little something for you...
I just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic – Creative living beyond fear. The author of Eat Pray Love is back with an autobiography if you will, about the personal journey we all share with creativity and the process of birthing new things into the world. Be it writing, music, art, theatre or whatever calls to your passion and curiosity. She feels we are selected by this mysterious force of creativity to be a channel for its inception into being. Call it what you will, Universal mind, Spirit or merely inspiration. It is our job to remain an open channel for its offering. And not be waylaid or sidetracked by the myriad of things and situations we encounter in life. The primary impediment being fear. Big Magic is a heartfelt, soul bearing book about her own and others experiences with this process. She even has a story related to her by Ketut, her shaman teacher from Eat Pray Love.
I totally resonated with her approach and investigations into the process of creativity and I highly recommend this very good read. (I was drawn to the cover of the book which refers to Holi, the Indian Festival of Color!) She writes from a unique and honest perspective and concludes the book by reiterating, not to allow ourselves to be consumed by angst and struggle, but to be light and open to our calling:
"Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise – you can make anything. So please calm down and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”
To learn more go to: http://www.elizabethgilbert.com