Creativity Rituals?

I like a good ritual.

It doesn’t have to be complicated but a ritual has to have an internal order to it so I can sense that it is serving its purpose.

I really want more rituals to ease myself into creativity practices.

I have some tiny rituals that I can do to get myself started with my writing and it’s usually not hard to get myself to doodle. So I have some experience with this.

I would love to have a way to make mental space for a larger creative project.

Now I just need to figure out what that ritual would look like.

Robin in the snow

When one of my sisters was in primary school, she learned a cute song called ‘Robin in the Rain.’

I thought of it today when I saw this nice round robin on a snowy branch.

It’s not a a great pic because ai had to take it through a window with a screen but I’m still happy to have it.

A kind of blurry photo of a very round robin sitting on a bare branch in the show.

Another storm is on the way

This is not a metaphor, it’s supposed to be stormy tomorrow.

I didn’t need the forecast to tell me that, I swear I could have predicted this storm just by the pressure across my forehead.

I haven’t often noticed a connection between the weather and my well-being – unless there was an extended period of rain or sunshine affecting my mental health one way or another – but this year I definitely ‘feel it in my bones’ when the weather shifts.

Mostly my skull bones but my wrist and ankles like to play psychic too sometimes.

I need a retreat

I am tired, and I’m cranky, and I am discombobulated.

I need some sort of retreat, but I don’t actually want to go anywhere.

So that leaves me trying to figure out how to have a retreat like experience without actually going away.

And I guess that looks like having a focussed time to work on some specific aspects that are difficult to schedule time for in my normal life.

I want to spend some time doing some planning, doing some more focused, creative work, and figuring out where I want to go with my writing right now.

I think the solution is in scaling down from my idea of having to spend a whole day on these things, but choosing to spend a chunk of time , a smaller chunk of time, maybe only an hour and answering one question at a time for myself related to that list above.

I actually have some time tomorrow to dedicate to one or two of these things, and I’m gonna give it a whirl.

I’ll report back.