5 weeks ago, at the suggestion of a good friend (holllllla Jen!), I began a course called “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” by Julia Cameron.
The course is in book form–well it’s a book but I’m thinking of it as course because you do the reading for one chapter each week, then have a bunch of tasks to complete at the end of each chapter which include anything from amazing and introspective writing exercises (like writing a letter from your 80 year old self to your 24 year old self giving advice and inspiration…loved that!) to dumping an old outfit that makes you feel like crap each time it’s worn (why didn’t I think of that?!).
Each morning I’m waking up a half hour earlier to do 3 pages of “Morning Pages” (awesome), and I’m assigned to take myself out on an “Artist’s Date” to “fill the well” for inspiration (I already love solo exploring, so I especially enjoy this part!)
It’s pretty cool.
Each week focuses on a different area:
“Recovering a sense of…
In my own words and opinion, the book/course is a self-guided, introspective, tour of yourself. Very therapeutic! It’s a 12 week book, but there was one week where I felt I slacked so I stayed on that chapter for 2 weeks. So I plan to be done round end of October, but will keep up morning pages and Artist Dates FOR SURE!
take a really long shower
give myself a manicure and pedicure (it’s been a while)
sit and think
sit and not think…meditate some more
purge unnecessary stuff in the apartment
make a gratitude list
This sounds like a recipe to get caught up in “Elisa world”, but hey, gotta go with the program…
Hmm…I’m already pondering the morals of cheating (I’m on the last chapter of She’s Come Undone, an amazing novel, and I have some reading for yoga teacher’s training to catch up on) in the meantime, think I’ll blog some more, play some ukulele, do some yoges, call a friend for a walk, maybe get around to sweeping the floor and doing the dishes and laundry…