Persévérer, prendre le temps

Je me suis un peu acharnée pour passer plus de temps à écrire il y a quelques mois… mais il apparaît évident que c’était une bêtise. J’attendais que cela revienne mais ça n’est toujours pas le cas, et j’ai donc commencé à réfléchir sur mes cycles créatifs. L’écriture est probablement repartie, à mon grand dam. Je suis dans une nouvelle phase absolument non verbale en fait, écrire, m’est de plus en plus difficile, même pour des articles. Donc je crois que la question n’est plus de se donner pour habitude d’écrire 15 minutes tous les 2 jours… ça n’est pas le moment.

Par contre, je suis tombée sur deux excellents articles qui m’ont énormément marquée. Et le bilan est conjoint : il faut prendre le temps de se construire artistiquement / créativement parlant. Si j’observe que ma phase actuelle est plus visuelle, alors je dois foncer. Je ressors mon journal créatif « chemin de vie », je ressors mon journal créatif d’expressivité, je devrais en prendre un plus épais pour pouvoir tout mettre dedans (mes recherches persos, mes explorations techniques…)….

« 15 Reasons Why Artists Keep Visual Journals »

Ce qui me parle en bref :

  • développer un endroit particulier pour « oser », se lâcher, expérimenter
  • repérer des obsessions, des thèmes, des fils conducteurs
  • repérer des tendances créatives, pour développer des techniques, voir apparaître son style
  • noter toutes ses idées et stimuler sa créativité
  • avoir un objet-outil pour échanger avec d’autres créateurs, montrer son travail de recherche
  • y noter aussi les idées pour ne pas les perdre

« Abandoning the Preciousness », un article de Pui Mun Law !

  •  L’art / la création est difficile pour tout le monde, il faut travailler
  • penser en images ça s’entraîne
  • prendre le temps de le faire un peu tous les jours
  • travailler ne veut pas dire produire une oeuvre d’art, mais s’exercer
  • sortir du schéma : « quand je prends le temps de dessiner je dois avoir un résultat esthétique/parfait »
  • quand on a un projet particulier, le découper en « morceaux » (techniques) et les travailler séparément

Je vous invite vraiment à lire ses 2 témoignages.

Créer son idéal de vie !

Voilà une idée toute simple qu’elle est bonne !

Elle vient des anglophones, d’un blog que je suis de temps à autres. L’idée est la suivante : pour commencer, répondre à une série de questions concrètes pour cerner notre vie actuelle. Ensuite pouvoir la comparer avec nos idéaux, ce qui parle à notre coeur, car cette mise à l’écrit est un véritable plus pour visualiser ce qui nous voulons vraiment. Elle offre un panorama synthétique de notre vie. Le fond de cette idée étant évidemment d’effectuer des ajustements nécessaires pour vivre plus en accord avec soi-même. Et finalement, pour aller plus loin nous pouvons matérialiser directement notre projet ou idéal de vie : en réalisant un tableau de notre vie souhaitée (board of your life vision).

Voici les étapes pour définir votre vision :

Step 2: Your Career

  • If you could work in any job doing exactly what you want, what would you do?
  • Where would be you working?
  • How many days/hours a week?
  • How much would you make?
  • Who would you work with?
  • How would you feel in this job?

Step 3: Your Relationships

  • Describe the primary love relationship in your life (even if it doesn’t exist right now).
  • How do you communicate and interact?
  • What do you do together?
  • How do you solve problems together?
  • How do you have fun together?
  • Describe your relationship with your children and other family members.
  • Describe your relationship with friends and co-workers.

Step 4: Your Health and Wellness

  • Describe how you feel physically.
  • How often and how much do you exercise?
  • What kinds of food do you eat regularly?
  • How do you take care of your mental health to live a balanced life with little stress?
  • How do you take care of your spiritual needs?

Step 5: Your Lifestyle

  • Describe your home — the size, the design, the decor, the location.
  • What do you do regularly for fun and relaxation?
  • What do you do for continued learning, self-improvement, and personal growth?
  • Where and how often do you travel?

Step 6: Your Finances

  • Describe in general terms your financial situation — your balance of income, expenses, savings, etc.

Step 7: Your Life Vision

Using all of your answers above (and anything else you may want to add), write a life vision for yourself in paragraph form, as though you are writing a story about yourself in first person. Keep this vision posted or where you can look at it often.

Ensuite quelques remarques pour la phase d’ajustement :

  • If you aren’t sure about your vision for some of the life areas, that’s fine. Just write a very loose or general answer. Sometimes it take time for your vision to become clear.
  • You can change or alter it any time you wish. It’s your vision after all.
  • You may not achieve everything on your life vision, at least not all at once. And maybe never. That’s OK. Because the real boldness in life isn’t in the achievement of your vision. It’s in taking the actions to get there.
  • You don’t have to work on everything at once. In fact, you shouldn’t. Pick the most important thing to you now, or just choose anything in the vision, and break it down into the smallest possible tasks and actions. Then start taking the actions.
  • Try to take an action toward your vision every day. Even if you feel crappy. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever get there. Even if it’s a teeny tiny, itty bitty action. Every step forward, no matter how small, brings you closer to your vision.
  • Visualize your vision. Visualize yourself taking the actions to create your vision. This isn’t magic. There is real science behind visualization. You are rewiring your brain and creating new neural pathways to support the changes you are making.
  • Enjoy the process! Most of life is lived during times of process, not achievement.

Et finalement, pour la partie créative, pour réaliser votre tableau (message issu de la newsletter) :

So what is a Vision Board? It is simply a poster board filled with the images matching your life vision.

The purpose: to surround yourself with reminders of the life you want to have and are working toward creating. 

It’s fun to do and definitely gets you in the right frame of mind for taking action on your vision. It is also a fun project to work on with your spouse or family.

Here’s what to do:

1. Get a poster board, a big stack of magazines, and some glue or rubber cement.
2. Go through the magazines and tear out images and words that reflect the various aspects of your life vision.
3. Pick your favorites and start gluing them to the poster board. You can add writing or other design embellishments if you are inclined.
4. Put a photo of yourself in the middle of the vision board.
5. Place the vision board where you can see it every day. 

Je pense que ceux qui sont plus doués à l’ordinateur peuvent se lâcher sur leurs logiciels. Mais le côté « farfouille » de faire ça à la main doit vraiment être transformateur : rassembler des magazines, des images, mettre en page…. Prendre un tableau en liège avec des « pin’s », faire un tableau sous verre, ou juste un carton, ou un grand dessin… c’est très souple et plein de choses rigolotes à faire ! Voici un exemple de Vision Board envoyé dans la newsletter :

Je manque un peu de temps et d’imagination, mais je ferais bien mon propre « Vision Board » ! Un poster positif géant à notre image…. comme un havre de positif et une source d’encouragement tous les jours.

Vivre en pleine conscience

Article de ZenHabits. Une petite réflexion sur nos habitudes… comment les faire disparaître ? Pourquoi ne pas créer de bonnes habitudes à la place ?

 

When we learn a martial art, or ballet, or gymnastics, or soccer … we consciously practice movements in a deliberate way, repeatedly. By conscious, repeated practice, we become good at those movements.

Our entire lives are like this, but we’re often less conscious of the practice.

Each day, we repeat movements, thought patterns, ways of interacting with others … and in this repeated practice, we are becoming (or have already become) good at these things. If you constantly check Facebook or Twitter, that is practice, and you are forming that habit, though it’s usually not with too much awareness.

When you smoke, or eat junk food, or speak rudely to others, or put yourself down internally, this is something you are practicing to be good at. You may already be good at these things.

What if, instead, we practiced consciously, deliberately, and became good at the things we really want to be good at?

What if you first, above all skills, learned to be more aware of what you are practicing? What if constant conscious action is the skill you became good at?

If you could learn to take conscious action, you could learn to practice other things you want to be good at, rather than the ones you don’t.

What Are You Practicing?

Ask yourself these things throughout the day, to practice conscious action:

  • Do I want to practice rushing through my morning, or can I wake a little earlier and simplify my morning routine so that I practice a slow, enjoyable morning ritual?
  • Do I want to practice checking my inboxes when I first get to my computer, or can I do something better?
  • Do I want to practice leaving dirty dishes out, or can I practice washing my bowl when I’m done with it?
  • Do I want to practice leaving clothes strewn about, or papers lying on the counter, or can I take a few seconds to put them where they belong?
  • Do I want to speak angrily to my kids or spouse, or can I speak to them with kindness and compassion?
  • Do I want to practice complaining and self-pity, or can I practice gratitude?
  • Do I want to practice rushing and being busy, or can I practice simplifying and going slowly?
  • Do I want to practice eating fried foods, sugary foods, salty junk food snacks, fast foods … or can I practice eating whole foods, vegetables and fruits, nuts and beans and seeds?
  • Do I want to practice surfing time-wasting sites, or can I practice clearing away distractions and creating?
  • Do I want to practice watching mindless entertainment, or can I practice moving my body and exerting myself in activity?
  • Do I want to practice smoking, or can I learn a healthier way to deal with stress?
  • Do I want to practice shopping, or can I practice giving?

These are only examples … your life will show you what you’ve been practicing, and you can decide what you might rather practice instead. Or you might be completely happy with what you’ve been practicing.

Some ideas for creative practice from Ali Edwards.

How to Practice

The first step is always awareness. When you are conscious of what you are doing, you can decide whether this is an action or thought pattern you want to practice, or if there’s an alternative you’d rather be good at.

As you go through your day, practice this awareness. It’s the first skill, and it’s the most important one. Be aware, without feeling guilty or angry at yourself, of what you’re doing and thinking. You will forget to to this, but remind yourself. You might wear a rubber band around your wrist, or carry a talisman, or make tally marks on a slip of paper each time you remember.

As you get good at conscious action, start to practice those actions and thought patterns you want to be good at. Start to notice the ones you’d really rather not be good at, and see if you can deliberately practice other actions and thought patterns.

As you consciously, deliberately repeat these things, you’ll get better at them. It takes a lot of repetition to get good at a skill, but you’ve got time.

Important Conclusions

You won’t be able to change all your habits at once, and I’m not implying that you should try. The habit you’re really changing is consciousness, and practice. Other habits will be difficult to change, especially if you’re trying to change all of them, but it’s OK if you mess up. Give yourself permission to make mistakes without guilt, and instead just deliberately practice again, and again.

If something is too hard, and you can’t get it right no matter how many times you practice, you can try it in smaller steps. If you can’t quit smoking, try not smoking once, and instead relieving stress through walking or doing some pushups or meditation or self-massage. If you can’t quit junk food, just replace one snack with a fruit, or add a tasty veggie to your dinner.

I’d like to emphasize that this isn’t about perfection. There is no perfect way of life, and you don’t need to strive to be perfect every moment of the day. I believe you’re already perfect. This is just about conscious action, which is a useful skill to have.

Remember that we become good at what we repeatedly do, and what we do repeatedly can be done consciously. It’s when we’re conscious that we are truly alive.

 

(a) Vivre selon ses intentions

Article original.

Comme d’habitude, je souligne les passages qui me parlent particulièrement. Cet article date un peu, je l’ai retrouvé en surfant vaguement. Il rejoint mes questionnements du moment, à la fois l’essence de ma spiritualité et de ma vie. La volonté d’être. Pour aller plus loin, ou dans une autre direction, je ne peux que recommander aussi l’article de Waldatura.

 

Every moment can become an act of magic.

What is your intention? What are you hoping to convey to the world? Do you have a mission or a mantra?

I wish to live and act in integrity, as centered and whole as possible. Though I have other missions on top of that, striving for integrity is at the core. This makes it easy to recognize when I’m off kilter, and not acting or speaking according to my intention.

If a group, temple, non-profit, or business doesn’t have an intention, it makes it far more difficult for the collective to do its best work in the world. But what about us? Whether our job description is parent, teacher, healer, administrative assistant, carpenter, gardener, or software designer, we are all well served by knowing our overall life’s intention.

When we have an overall intention, mission, or mantra, setting our daily intentions becomes easier, because we know what the baseline for that intention is. This is what makes magic effective. If I have an intention for this particular project I’m working on, but don’t have a personal base intention to start from, what in me is meeting the project? If my group has planned a ritual for the upcoming equinox, but I don’t know how my personal intention marries with the group, the ritual has less of a chance of feeling successful for everyone who participates.
Sometimes we need to reassess our intentions and make sure they still match the lives we want to live. As we move from winter into spring, it is a good time to look at where we are heading, what our desires are, and what things we wish to grow. A strong core intention helps us steer in the most open direction, or plant the proper seeds. We may not know exactly where we’ll end up, or what the fruits will be, but with a strong intention, we’ll have good guidance along the way.

(a) Série d’articles sur la créativité

(mise à jour!)

Je me permets ici de faire un article condensé et vous renvoyer plutôt vers des liens. Lune a entrepris de poster des traductions personnelles et des extraits très intéressants sur son blog, et je me dis que cela pourra intéresser les voyageurs qui s’arrêtent ici.

Relaxation et créativité (traduction d’un extrait de Cathy A. Malchiodi)

S’immerger dans le flow (traduction d’un extrait de Cathy A. Malchiodi)

Mandalas : réalisation d’images spontanées à l’intérieur d’un cercle (traduction d’un extrait de Cathy A. Malchiodi)

Le cycle et la créativité (témoignage + extrait d’Anne Marie Jobin)

Les origines du journal créatif (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Tenir un journal créatif (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Les formes du journal créatif (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Utilisations du journal créatif (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Spontanéité (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Honnêteté et intimité (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Se préparer : se relaxer avant d’utiliser son journal (traduction d’un extrait de Lucia Capacchione)

Merci à Lune !