A New Year is upon us. Another fresh start. A time to kick-off those resolutions for all the great changes we will make in the coming year. I will keep my goals to myself for now, but briefly wanted to acknowledge the birth of a new year and touch upon some of the small things that have had a big impact on me.
In response to a great deal of unease and a keen interest in finding a better way of being in this world, I have turned to creativity and in particular writing for some answers. Along the way a practice has emerged, out of something that is not entirely clear, which I like to call the Mindful Creative Enquiry. It starts with a simple question.
This question becomes a mantra as I start out on a new creative challenge. It is a device I purposely revisit because there is so much to unfold from that simple enquiry. It provides not only something to begin with but also something to return to, and this is very important.
In my last post I introduced the idea of asking an opening question (“Where do I start?”) to get things going. It’s a useful device for tackling blank canvas syndrome and initiating something that you’re struggling to get moving.
Sometimes, a response comes pretty quickly in the form of a statement. For instance, in the case of this very piece, the phrase “Start as you mean to go on”, came out of nowhere and plonked itself firmly on the page. I had vaguely intended to write about something else, but staying true to my process I decided to follow this line of enquiry instead.
Where do I start? This is a perennial question in the business of life. We have great dreams and visions and plans, but we often get stuck on where to start.
Maybe it’s an assignment for college we’re avoiding. Or it could be something bigger we set for ourselves — that business or blog we’ve always wanted to start. When we take a big step back, it might even be our lives that we are having the greatest difficulty starting. By that I mean, the purpose-filled life we know we could be living.
Where do I start?
When I sit down to write, that is the question at top of mind. Sometimes it’s just trying to figure out how to kick off a journal entry. Other times, it’s considering the best introduction to a greater work. Recently, it was trying to establish the first post to kick-off this new blog. There are so many beginnings and points of departure it’s hard to choose.
By way of introduction I include this piece to share a little a bit about the purpose of this blog and how to go about approaching it.