Filling the Creative Well
I’ve been cooking. Not only or “just” cooking, but also baking and gardening. And I am doing this while obsessively listening to cooking/traveling shows that play on my laptop in the background. I will whip up some mixed berry crumble while listening to a show about food in Scotland and then go sit on the porch and take care of my little garden I planted last week. I’ve been filling the creative side of my mind with new recipes and new flavor combos while using my hands to create items that taste better than anything I have had in a long time. Right now the magic is in what is right in front of me; homemade food, the little garden, and abundantly administered self-care. I’ve been researching and experimenting with foods that soothe, with spices that will heal and with tea that will support my body during this process.
If I try to think about my future, my plans or ask myself, “What I am going to do now”, the anxiety starts up and I immediately realize how weak and sick I am. I can’t handle too much right now. A trip to Costco takes me the rest of the day to recover. Noises and people seem to overload my system. I don’t want to talk too much so I have been hiding out, gardening and cooking. I have been visiting with select friends but always putting my self-care first. I have been focused on small things because right now I need to create and work with every day, commonplace, magic. I need to stand back and observe as I pour magic into food the way it is poured into my products. I make an apple cherry roll while setting intentions for being able to write while drinking tea and eating the finished product. I make lentil soup with the intention that it will soothe my stomach at night and help my immune system so I can rest. I see myself waking up feeling refreshed and ready to do some creative project in the morning. I make a summer tomato, Mozzarella, basil and corn salad with the intention that I will enjoy this meal after packing up at least three boxes for donation to Goodwill. Right now, it’s about focusing on small things while giving myself a break about the larger issues that I cannot control.
The date for my surgery will hopefully be set soon. I look forward to the end result of not being sick or in pain anymore. I look forward to being able to function at a somewhat normal level. I look forward to returning to Ritual Coaching and my magic again. Right now it’s survival mode. Next month is healing.
The New Moon energy we are working with is based in the sign and character of Leo. It’s strong, creative and determined but it also tends to fight for what it wants and to the determination can sometimes look like stubbornness. The best way to use this New Moon is to be receptive to the creative juices and avoid the tendency for war. We can do this by focusing on creating and creative energy this week. What art project would you love to spend a couple of hours working on this week? What household project would excite you to finish? Are you like my friend that is enjoying furnishing his new apartment after a major life change? He has been living in an energy that is not his style for a long time. He now gets to create something new that brings joy to his spirit. Are you like one of my best friends that finds joy in taking care of her farm animals and creating beautiful products? She loves these animals with all of her heart and you can feel it in the yarn she spins, the blankets she knits and the food she makes. Are you like my friend that loves to rebuild boats and find joy in the community he has created? These are the type of things to focus on this week. Life intentions set in beautiful actions that you take in your life. Focus on the small this week; the things that are in your control and that bring you joy. Focus on creating and setting intentions around creative effort, play and anything else that brings you creative joy.
For me, cooking is the gateway to new things in my life. When I was younger, I dreamed of attending culinary school. Cooking relaxes me and fills my creative well. It brings me joy. I never did attend culinary school but I have always turned to this joy in my life when things feel hard. I love reading food memoirs and watching travel/cooking shows. To begin to understand a culture via their cuisine sparks the creative juices for me. This week has centered on apples; an ancient fruit that magically helps bring us back to our source. It has anti-inflammation properties and soothes the digestive track. I find myself longing for everything and anything apple; using this energy to comfort myself while I experience the grief, excitement and pain of being a human.
Ritual for Creative Juices
What does your intuition and spirit want to do this week that would fill your creative well? How about working on that fun creative hobby that you have always wanted to try or be better at. Maybe call your best friends up for a BBQ to celebrate the summer bounty we are seeing at our local farmers markets, or maybe grab your friends for a wine tasting and painting evening. How about a pottery class or a singing class? What about taking your love out for a photography hike? We want to focus this week on filling our creative reservoirs.
When you are ready to journal, ask yourself what would bring more creative energy into your life? Do you want to go to more concerts in the future? How about a play? Maybe try the tasting menu at a new restaurant serving food from a country you have never been too. This practice is what lead me to love Lebanese and Korean Food. Write down where you can see or feel your creative blocks. What is keeping you from being as creative as you long to be?
When you are done, let’s set an intention for three things you will do between now and the end of the year that will replenish your creative well. A class maybe? A book reading? A new town to visit? What kind of things will you plan to do to keep it full?
I will be writing, gardening, cooking and taking small road trips until the surgery. This will fill my creative tank so that when I am healing from surgery, my mind will be swimming in new ideas, new tastes, new smells and new products to create.