I covet my solitude and I often wonder if I may be abnormal as so many of my friends enjoy the constant company of others. Is it unhealthy to desire to be alone, yet thrive on social interaction but on my terms? Would I be defined as some sort-of nonsexual type of tease?
I am the quintessential owl.
It is in the stillness of my own company that I truly begin to bring my attention to the inner landscape of my thoughts and emotions where lies a crucial wellspring of creativity.
I like a good story; but I love an even greater one that too often for me is rooted in the narrative prose of non-fiction. So, in that case, solitude does not lend itself to my innate visionary’s creativity. Or does it? Could I be in the middle of an identity crisis?
If 2020 has taught me anything is that my current reality cannot become any more weird, strange, and downright scary. My world needs more joy; and it is in the act of mindfulness where I know I can see it, feel it, hear it, taste it, and smell it. Will my creativity become less solemn and more visionary in 2021?
What is this business of mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating a focused, nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment.
Mindfulness for me means not reflecting on the past, worrying about the future, just being present utilizing all my senses and acting upon them (or not) and not judging whether this moment is the best use of my senses.
The difficulty in mindfulness is the nonjudgmental part. Oh! And the anxiety of what may come next.
When I have experienced mindfulness, I believe my senses have had their sharpest acuity. I am honestly alive and most capable creatively or otherwise, for whatever the moment has to offer. Mindfulness is much more than just “going with the flow.” It is being fully engaged in the moment.
Mindfulness though takes persistent practice.
After 2020, you do not have to have been diagnosed with leukemia as I to understand what the world needs. Individually, we all have been become vitally aware of the delicate balance of mind, body, and spirit in a global pandemic.
Dionne Warwick singing, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love” conjures up for me the need for not just love but more joy – loads of it!
The act of creating brings me joy. Creating for me can take many forms, but mostly it is in the form of writing.
Mindfulness is the key to opening the doors of the senses to unleash my creative self in solitude or in the company of others. I do need social interaction for good if not great storytelling. It is ‘in’ that moment where all the genuinely great stories begin to weave their threads. Whether someone’s gift is in writing or not, but in some other creative pursuit, mindfulness holds the key to all that is lacking in our individual and collective worlds.
I want to hit my stride and all that creatively means to me in 2021.
Now where did I put my keys??
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