I had been feeling very blocked about what to blog about this week . So I decided to ask a friend for some help who suggested that I blog about the intrinsic joy the creative process can offer. It reminds me of Buddhists who talk so much about the value of bringing full awareness to the present moment. I am talking about the more ordinary moments related to just sitting down and spending an hour working on a poem . ( So I am not talking about the part of creativity related to the bigger dreams of wishing to be on the New York Times Bestseller List or wanting to get your painting in a local gallery – not that these dreams are not important , they are but that is not what this blog is about today) Or it could be the sense of calm and inner peace someone feels after spending time thinking and jotting down ideas about a character for a short story. I know firsthand how much I enjoy when Deborah and I get together and brainstorm ideas for a particular chapter we might be working on.
It reminds me of a quote I read and loved by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , who says, “the process of discovery involved in creating something new appears to be one of the most enjoyable activities that any human can be involved in.”
So Happy Creating !!