Forest Prism at First Light


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pastel of a sunrise in a mountain forest landscape with a profusion of color

There are different kinds of creative practice. 

There is the technical practice of one’s craft—the time spent becoming more and more proficient, building skill and developing mastery. This is important and necessary. It requires vulnerability and a willingness to see our flaws and our strengths. And it demands we lean harder into our flaws.

But there is also the practice of knowing what feeds us, and maintaining contact with that. More than maintaining contact, really, we have to develop a deep and profound relationship with what feeds us. Our devoted attention is our first offering of gratitude in that relationship. And it is a relationship, a living thing that brings us more into aliveness and wonder when properly tended, and can leave us in despair if it is neglected.

This relationship is a practice. It must be tended with great care and rigor. 

For me, creative practice is fed primarily by two streams: the natural world, and the dream world. (As in sleeping, and dreaming. And then remembering those dreams, and writing them down.) 

It seems to me that to say that one’s creative practice is fed by the natural world is almost a trope, because of course

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