I mentioned in my previous post that I spend a number of years traveling the country for work. I drove to each location so I spent a lot of time on our nation’s highways and byways. I always wondered why is it that there’s so much space available in the air and yet the bugs and in my case a bird found my windshield. I was driving home from Nashville when a partridge flew into my windshield while driving 70mph. It shouldn’t be surprise that it shattered the windshield.
Why am I telling you about my windshield mishap? I’m wonder about the choices we make on a daily basis. When I was working on this piece of art, I reflected on all the times I went in one direction when my intuition told me I should go in another direction. I’m beginning to focus on interpreting the ideas, thoughts, and feelings that rise during my meditation.
Creating work is a reflection of our stories. It allows us to explore what’s important to us. It gives us the opportunity to play with the creative expression of our emotions promoting self- expression and an outlet for negativity while celebrating what’s positive in our lives.
I’m currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program in Health Humanities and Bioethics. I’ve been combining my mental health background, work in health and healing, and art to tell stories that reflect my personal experiences and as a means of social justice.
We all have something that gets our attention, makes us think, and hopefully gets us to act. As creatives, we don’t have to march or picket. We have the ability to create poems like those by Nikki Giovanni that get the attention of the nation. We can create paintings like Keith Haring chronicling the AIDS crisis. We can watch movies like Hairspray that shines a light on segregation in our country (something very relevant given the energy in the country).
It’s time that we pay attention to our own energy and follow its lead. We all have those whispers giving us direction and when we don’t follow their lead we veer off in the wrong direction. What would your creative life look like if you zagged when that’s the direction of your energy? Don’t you think it would turn up the volume on your voice if you followed your creative intuition and energy?
Give it a try and let me know what shifts you’re making in your personal storytelling. Don’t forget to zig when you zig and zag when you zag!