After an exceptionally busy time creating and performing over the past nine months, along with some volunteer projects, I’ve come to a break. Now the real challenge begins! I.e. time to pause, look inward and, ideally, figure out next steps.
This kind of time can be so scary for artists, for all of us. No map, no “right” answer readily apparent. What if inspiration, or even a clue, doesn’t appear?
Then I remember that all of the sages across the centuries have counseled essentially the same thing. From Hafez, who advised, “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” To Howard Thurman, who many centuries later urged: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Sure. But how do we tell what makes us come alive? The body knows.
As I wrote here, “All of the flares our bodies send off to signal excitement–goosebumps, tingling skin, warm glow of delight, quickened breathing, giddiness–beg us to pay attention. They’re all cues from our primal selves that we are on the right track to vibrancy….” And as Martha Graham said, “The body never lies.”
We just need to listen. And if we do, we generate a spring of vitality that can keep refreshing our souls.
So I am going to take a few moments, reflect, be still…and open up to possibility. Soaking up the wisdom of Joseph Campbell:
“Wherever you are-if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”
Will I see you there?