I am one of the guilty ones — when I sit down to sew or draw or weave or hook and the going gets a little rough or I when I might get a little bored with the repetitive process of my craft du jour, my mind starts racing about all of the other things I have to do, I get hungry, or I have to pay a bill, or I remember to take the dogs out for a walk or or or or — my first impulse is to stop what I’m doing, move away from my work space, and do something else. Anything else!
It’s just a normal distraction and all artists have them. The trick, of course, is for us to learn to move through those distractions so that we can continue creating the art we began.
Distractions happen to everybody. I have been a student of Transcendental Meditation for years. Yet it is not uncommon for those of us who quietly meditate to get an itch while we are meditating. Until we learn that that itch is just a distraction and will go away if we gently bring ourselves back into the moment and continue to focus on our meditation. While meditating or praying (I’m a big rosary sayer), it’s not uncommon for my mind to wander all over the place — who I have to call, what I have to do, where I have to go, until I remember that those thoughts are just distractions from my prayer or meditation and bring myself back to moment.
Your art, your creative process, is your meditation. Your art is just another form of prayer!
Distraction will hit the creative mind every which way it can to take us away from our art. Call it ‘fear or failure’ or ‘fear of success’ or whatever you like, but the bottom line is useless distractions interrupt our creative process and takes us away from our art, but only if we allow it.
When you are in the middle of creating and life calls out to you. Stop. Listen. Then continue creating. When it happens again. Stop. Listen. Create. Know that what is calling you away from your creative work is just a distraction and you will address it when you are finished with your day’s work. Acknowledge your thoughts and then let them go.
Sometimes, on those days that I am my absolute worst enemy and my creative A.D.D. is trying to kick my butt, I will jot down my disruptive thoughts on a piece of paper that I keep next to me, making a “To Do” list of sorts. The list takes what I’m thinking about out of my head so I can stop the creative blocks and interruptions!
Now, before you say, “That’s all well and good, but it’s not me . . .” When was the last time you counted all of your started, and still unfinished, projects?
Acknowledge your distractions and let them go!
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