The Challenge of a Creative Practice

People talk about practices in the world of yoga. Some people have a morning practice – their daily yoga and meditative time. Some people choose to do it in the evening. It’s basically a habit you develop with specific or more general things you do every day.

Like a lot of you, I struggle with consistency. Sometimes I have bouts of it – like the school year I ate PB&J sandwiches every day without fail or when I committed to 12,000 steps per day for over a month. My friend Amanda Gold recently published a YouTube video about working towards goals with baby steps. You don’t have to tackle some big thing at once. Sometimes it takes effort to build a practice. Sometimes it takes a challenge that someone else presents to you.

My most recent form of practice is based on an idea my friend Mystic Marni suggested – create a tarot deck based on Eudes Picard. He was a real weirdo back in the high time of occultists in the early 1900s! He outlined what should be on each card in the deck and from the perspective of 2019, it’s real weird – ghosts and roots and corn on one of the cards. At this point, I’m through the pips of the wand suit and have started the penny pips. This challenge has given me the opportunity to make a little painting daily. I do it in the morning each day before breakfast when my life is quiet and meditative.

So, what lights your fire and what practices have you created in your life – either now or in the past?

Create More Often Creativity Challenge

A challenge to be creative daily with posts on Instagram.

Happy 2018!

For the new year I decided to challenge myself to be creative daily. For the next year I’ll explore the elements and principles of art, one per month. Each day I’ll post a prompt on Instagram (@createmoreoften). The plan is to have three different types of prompts per month to explore the theme of the month. Some are to look at the world around us to see where we can find examples of the theme. Some are to create our own examples using different methods. Other prompts are to mash up several of the things we tried to create something new.

For January the theme will be line. Hope to see you on Instagram!