Put your phone in a sock
I was feeling frazzled recently, so I gave myself some instructions. I thought you might need them too:
I want you to close your laptop and put it in a dark corner. Then, turn off your phone, put it in a sock, and leave it in your sock drawer.
There are a lot of things calling your attention right now. There’s washing that needs to be hung out, and you really need to call that guy back, and you haven’t exercised all week, and is that playdough mashed into the carpet, or worse?
Also, oh god. There is that really big looming terrifying project which you haven’t even started yet. Plus that baby orca died and the world is literally ending, or beginning, or something. And you should really call the dentist.
I get it.
You have so many more urgent and important things to do than this.
NONETHELESS. I want you to stride through your house bravely and with conviction, and I want you to find a blank sheet of paper. Maybe even a journal.
Stay focused! Find a pen.
Then sit down.
You are going to do some free-writing and it is going to make you feel better.
Start with this at the top of your page: ‘Outside of me...’. Keep writing until your page is full. Any time you get stuck, return to the starter. You know the rules:
1. Keep your hand moving.
2. Lose control.
3. Be specific.
4. Don’t think.
5. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar.
6. You are free to write junk.
7. Go for the jugular.
Once the page is full, turn it over, and start with this: ‘Inside of me...’. Keep writing until the page is full.
That's it! Well done. I love you.
Come back here and tell me what happened.
Jennifer Piercy says "Acknowledge your inner-webs before you check the inter-webs." For me, writing freely and creatively is one of the best tools I have for connecting back in with myself.
The words don't always make sense; they aren't necessarily interesting or wise or funny. But the practice of simply sitting and following my own thread, wherever it takes me always makes me feel more present and alive.
And, when I do this with others, it supercharges the practice in so many ways.
P.S. From now until the end of February 2022, I’m offering ‘Creative Intermission’ sessions every Wednesday at 12pm (NZT). These are short free guided creative sessions (20 minutes max) designed to support you to dip into creative flow. You can find all the details by joining my Facebook group Secret Society of Poetic Hearts.
ALSO, I'll be running a new course starting in the middle of 2022 which I am incredibly excited about! It's an Open Floor 'Art in Motion' online group programme, and it’s for anyone who wants to connect with deeply with their inner world, and experience the fire of potent self-expression through creative writing. I’ll be announcing all the details soon. If you want to be the first to know about it, make sure you are on my mailing list.