artist’s way III: week 2


Week 2:
Recovering a Sense of Identity

In week two of The Artist’s Way, Cameron emphasizes the importance and beauty of simply paying attention.

“…but just at this moment, just now, that’s alright. I am breathing in and out. Realizing this, I began to notice that each moment was not without its beauty.”
-Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Odd-thoughts-that-occurred-to-me-and-interesting-points-that-grabbed-my-attention in Chapter 2:

I’ve come to this same realization time and again in my life. However, it’s easy to repeatedly get lost worrying about what might happen, struggling to heal from the past, or disheartened daydreaming about the future. It’s embarrassing how easily I get caught up in my own mind, as a beautiful moment… after moment… after moment… after moment…pass me by entirely unnoticed, unappreciated, and fundamentally unlived.

I know I’m most content when I take the effort to live intentionally, remaining present and mindful. But it takes a conscious effort, and requires making new and breaking old habits. I have to keep my mind focused on points of joy, and paying attention.

I have to force myself to move past frustrations that are ultimately petty.

I have to make an active choice of where to place my energy, instead of allowing my emotions and energy to team up and run my life however they see fit. (Don’t get me wrong, that crazy pair can get me into some beautifully thought-provoking situations, but ultimately, when left to their own devices, they totally can’t be trusted.) Because without the mindful intention to stay present, my emotions and energy can break my heart. They can lead me into a spiral that seems to take every bit of hope and happiness from me, and leave me in the dark…

But ultimately, I do have simple wonderful moments throughout the day that make my heart happy, that allow me to feel content, and loved, I just have to remember to let those positive moments move me and keep me in that healthier frame of mind.

“Each moment, taken alone, was always bearable. In the exact now, we are all, always, alright.”
-Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

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