by Leslie Zeigler
But there is another way we stop ourselves, without input from anyone else. We say: I just don’t have the time.
I know I have been procrastinating writing this blog post for the past four days, maybe longer. I told myself I just have too many other paperwork demands. And truth be told, I did have an unusual number of forms that needed my attention. But could I have found the time on Saturday or Sunday and not Monday night at l a.m. to write this?
Probably. So what resistance was I facing?
In my favorite book about resistance to being creative, The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Stephen Pressfield says, “We don’t tell ourselves ‘I’m never going to write my symphony,’ instead we say, ‘I”m Just going to start it tomorrow.'”
Sound familiar? I know I certainly can identify with that sentiment. I have been telling myself since Friday I am going to write my blog post. But I didn’t tell myself I am in the throes of a resistance. Yet I was.
So what now? I’d like to continue where I left off in my last blog post–I had just begun to talk about Mindfulness as a tool for dealing with creative blocks. I offered in that blog post the first step, which is to just become aware when you notice your inner naysayer is going negative (I guess that is an oxymoron).
The next steps in mindfulness are to, as Dr. Susan Orsillo and Dr. Roemer in The Mindful Way through Anxiety, say, “observe your internal states …with gentle curiosity and compassion through a clear wide-angle lens.” In this way. you can begin to learn how to detect and increase your awareness of when you are stopping yourself from doing what you love .