Dry seasons come and go. In some areas of the world the dry season is the winter months and the earth is waiting for the wash of spring rains. For writers and artists, those dry seasons also come and go. So, looking at how nature works through a dry season can give us clues on how to manage it for ourselves. The leaves on the trees have not yet returned, for deep down in the soil the roots are preparing for that burst of energy. For those of us going through our own dry season it can be a time to refocus on our purpose and prepare for new growth. It might also be a time to reorder our priorities.
Taking the advice of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and carve out a small part of your day to set your priorities, with “Quiet time alone, contemplation, prayer, music, a centering line of thought or reading, of study or work. It can be physical or intellectual or artistic, any creative life proceeding from oneself. . . What matters is that one be for a time inwardly attentive.” You may want to create a “sacred space” that will inspire you. It can be a tabletop, a bedside table, or a corner of your kitchen. Gather together items that have special meaning for you – pictures, candles, flowers, memorabilia. My space has several honu/turtle figurines along with a tray of pebbles I have collected from special beaches, and some essential oils. Whatever you choose, it should represent something you love. Now you have a place to wait out the dry season and find the inspiration you need for the coming burst of energy and inspiration. You have a place to find yourself.
“Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself.” ~ Katherine Sharp
until next time…