I was talking to a friend about feeling drained and she introduced me to a new concept; Bupkis. Absolutely nothing.
That is what I’m scheduling into my week. A whole lot of bupkis. I know it makes my imagination happy and puts everything into order and ease. I’m grateful for the reminder to take care of myself and I thought I would extend an invitation to you, to do absolutely nothing, even if it is just for a minute.
Where could you schedule in some empty time, to just do nothing at all?
Recently a Finnish Professor Juha T. Hakala, who has just written a book “Luova laiskuus – anna ideoille siivet” (directly translated “Lazy creativity – give ideas wings”) was talking about creativity and laziness as a good combination. What I liked about his point of view was that laziness gives creative work a certain rhythm. When you listen to those idle inclinations, different size breaks are created in your work day. This rhythm of lackadaisy makes perfect sense to our imagination, which will respond exuberantly, waking us up in the night, or spouting out ideas at random intervals.
Creativity rarely works in a linear fashion. Instead there are bursts, spurts, long recesses of lethargy interchanged with furious dancing. Think kangaroo instead of snail. To quote one of my favorite teachers, Seth: Spontaneity knows its own direction.
What I love about being in touch with creativity are the “both-and-contrasts”. Being so lazy-assed that you drive all the way up to Canada from Seattle, with the best freaky artist friend ever, and don’t get out of the car, except to pee, because you don’t feel like it. Then in contrast, being so effective, you create a whole website with design and content in 24 hours, because you’re having fun.
The paradox is that in order to get to the wrooooom part, you need to stop and listen, the process that Wisdom Heart again nailed in yesterday’s blog post. The days when I get the most done, are the days when I feel most present and slow inside. It leaves more room for action.