Spending time outdoors is a great way to fill the writers well. I love to take the time to nurture the artist within.
In filling the well, think magic. Think delight. Think fun. Do not think duty. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery. A mystery draws us in, leads us on, lures us. (A duty may numb us out, turn us off, tune us out). In filling the well, follow your sense of mysterious, not your sense of what you should know more about. A mystery can be very simple: if I drive this road, not my usual road, what will I see? Changing a known route throws us into the now. We become refocused on the visible, visual world. Sights lead to insight. ~ Julia Cameron
I have been feeling depleted lately. It’s been a busy summer season at the hotel life, which is great, everyone is working and I was able to meet some amazing visitors to our Captial City. I was blessed with an abundance of people watching an gathering of personalities for future characters that are waiting to share their stories. Though I have taken a few extended long weekends over the summer, I don’t feel like I’ve given myself time to rest and rejuvenate which I believe we need to do once and awhile.
Friends of mine who I met and worked with over twenty years ago at Lake Louise were in town for their fall vacation. They have come to the island on a few other occasions and we have lunch together but nothing more as I may have been working and the last time they were here I was sick. This time we spent two days together reconnecting and I was very aware of how much I missed their friendship, their company and down to earth nature. Friends stay in touch and we have chatted here and there via Facebook and text, but I miss the face to face, spending time with my friends. I enjoy sitting and chatting over a good cup of coffee or tea and being in the moment.
I took my friends to one of the many parks in Victoria which I hadn’t been to myself, Mount Douglas Park. I heard about the great trials and sights this hiking area offered and was excited to share the beauty with my friends. We ended up hiking one of the difficult trails but for us it was no more than hiking to the Little Beehive in Lake Louise. As we had a few moments during the hike where we needed to scramble up a rock face, I smiled and was overjoyed with the memories of hiking and working in Lake Louise. More so, the memories of meeting my friends and sharing these great adventures over the years we worked together. The years that have passed by but still remain close to our hearts.
When we reached the top of the lookout area we stopped and took in the sights. Though it was rainy and cloudy the vista of the land was stunning. I am so grateful for where I live. I vowed I’d be back to the hike and explore the many other trails the park offers. The feeling of being close to nature, touching trees as I moved my body up one more step to the top of the lookout was filling me with pure awareness, a reminder of who I really am. I am a being who loves the outdoors and experiencing the experience.
Now, as I enter back into the hotel life I am aware that I a need to shift my thoughts and experiences to what really fills me with joy. My artist within wants to get outside and play more often and I will fulfill this eager energy as much as possible. What are you doing for your artist within?
Until next time, keep on typing. . . .