Heart-shaped leaf in the birdbath
Long ago a friend told me that she could always tell when her daughters were about to go though a growth spurt. Their little bodies would began to visually thicken, expanding outward, building deep within before - whoosh! - growing several inches or more within a short amount of time. This "thickening" was a signal to her that new clothes would soon be needed as her precious daughters grew up.
What a wonderful analogy for Life itself. This long ago conversation came to me recently when trying to describe my current status. A Thickening. I'm in the midst of my own personal, creative thickening.
Everyone goes through this I'm sure, but I know this phenomena definitely occurs when it comes to artists and their work. Painters, musicians, photographers, everyone who dabbles in a creative hobby or business experiences a down time. This is a time to observe and meditate. A time to explore and dream. A time to open our hearts to different pathways. A time to rest and absorb.
I believe this thickening time important for the creative process. As frustrating as it has been for me lately, I finally figured out that this down time is necessary. Many friends have told me this but it seemed so that I was losing myself, my creative. As Bart Simpson would say "...Doh!" As my favorite season approaches and the dry drought heat of summer diminishes it is a relief to realize that I'm in the midst of a thickening. What a lovely time to be resting, absorbing, observing, meditating, dreaming and exploring! Welcome Autumn!