Opening the Window

Julia Cameron in her book “The Artist’s Way” likens opening our minds to gradually wedging open a door. I think of that today because I decided to open the window so I could hear the birds.

Doing that simple act made me wish it were so easy to let in story ideas and create. I did succeed in writing a short story today, but I noticed with the window open that a lot more than birdsong entered my room. There was traffic sound from the road and industrial noise from a nearby factory, but my brain filtered those out for the most part so that I could hear the cardinals sing and the squirrels chatter.

The same works for our creativity. We need to filter out distractions. Sometimes that might mean getting a nuisance chore out of the way so we can focus. For other situations, we might need to shut the door on unimportant matters for a while.

For me, at least, creation comes from a place of peace. I’m learning to cultivate a sense of that by uplifting important matters to a higher significance and balancing out the rest the best I can. I hope you manage to do the same.

4 Replies to “Opening the Window”

  1. I'm thrilled you got to hear the cardinals outside your window sing!
    And that you were able to filter out the other less wanted noises. The human brain is a wonderful thing.
    Here's to all of us balancing the things in our lives better!

  2. I like the idea of opening a window. I sit near one sometimes, and can hear the echo of the city through it. The city is loud, full of engines and sirens. I like to open a window when it's quieter, like on a farm or at home. Then I can hear the birds and kids playing.

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