We are currently vacationing in New Mexico, staying at a VRBO in lovely El Rito, situated conveniently between the beautiful hot springs, Ojo Caliente, and Abiquiu, which is just south of Ghost Ranch. Everything is springing into new life: the birds are singing their lovely courting songs, the cottonwoods are budding out and getting greener every day, the fruit trees are glorious. The light and land fills me with a combination of peace and possibility and vitality. This is a place where I get to just Be. A place where I can give myself permission to rest and set aside all the duties, obligations, shoulds and have-to’s and duties. It’s a place where I can look out over the fields to the distant mountains and nurture my creative spirit.
We all need these places and times to restore ourselves. People often think that they have to be Doing something all the time in order to create—you know, like going to the studio every day and churning out another painting. But as I have discussed in many past blogs, there is ample evidence that creatives need solitude. Quiet time to find the Still Point. Time to Hush and Hold. Time in to take things in and observe and let Wonder unravel itself. Time to feed our Deep Desire to Create.
The Green-Tailed Towhee over there on the juniper raises its glorious little head, opens its beak, and trills gratitude toward the morning sun, the green pastures beyond, the sound of rushing water from the swollen rivers everywhere. Across the fields, a farmer in a cowboy hat walks under the greening cottonwoods and purple willows. He’s carrying a shovel on his shoulder—probably for digging out debris that has clogged the irrigation ditches. My beautiful dog Brighty lies snoozing in the sun at my feet. It’s time to be Happy. Time to take in life and just hang out.
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