Monday, July 25, 2011

60 Lists 60 Weeks

I had not had done much last week on "The Artist's Way". So this morning I read Chapter 2 and worked on a number of tasks. I did not find the chapter as engaging as the first as I do not feel overwhelmed by crazy people - just events. I was really struck though by her assertion that we all need to pay attention. These quotes really resonated with me:

"The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention."

"Each moment is not without its beauty."

"Attention is an act of connection."

I did create a list of time wasters - that's how I looked at it and the biggest was time on the computer! I love blogging and visiting blogs but have overdone it, as I am on holidays. So I have resolved to spend less time and do more art!

I created my list of things I enjoy doing and I realized I do have many in my life, but several not at all.

I used to love crocheting at night and had created a number of afghans. I have several that I have not finished. I can still remember my young son asking (many years ago!) why I wasn't doing that "knitting thing" anymore". Talk about observant. I had gone back to full-time teaching and was tired at night, so crocheting fell by the wayside.

One of the tasks asks us to pick some things from this list that are not in our lives right now. As soon as I read that I thought of crocheting, dancing and playing piano. I am going to try to do more of all three.

Paula at "Happy Snappy" is leading a group of us through the Artist's Way. It's still not too late to join!


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're adding those 3 things back into your life! Crocheting is something I'd love to take up. It seems like something I could let myself zone out while doing - like meditation without the struggle of trying to meditate. Ha! These things Julia Cameron was saying about paying attention and reclaiming our lives in small bits and pieces throughout our day really resonated with me, as well. I think most of us know exactly what you mean about overdoing it on the blogging. It's just so easy to get swallowed up by it - so much to take in. And then, if you're like me, you try to go and catch up on what all your blog friends are doing and stop in and say hello here and there, and before you know it, you've spent the entire day online. Definitely too much of a good thing!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Looks like things are coming your way. Keep up those morning pages....

Ginny said...

It must be wonderful to be able to play the piano. What a special way to relax.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I copied a lot about the attention / connection relationship too.
We lost power for a couple of days and it was strange to have all that time in my hands! :D