Eric Maisel : Crafting a Starting Ritual
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Crafting a Starting Ritual
By Eric Maisel
One of the best ways to help yourself create every day is to craft a starting ritual that you begin to use regularly and routinely. When your ritual becomes habitual you will find yourself moving effortlessly from not creating to creating.
How about a ritual tea ceremony? Make a cup of your favorite tea. In the minute or two it takes for the water to boil, take a few deep breaths, clear your mind, and ready yourself to work. Take your cup to your work space and as the tea steeps prepare your materials. When your tea is as dark as you like it, put the tea bag on a small saucer and turn to your work. Work until your tea is cool enough to drink. What may happen is that you lose yourself in the trance of working and discover that your tea is cold by the time you turn to it. Excellent! Part of your work ritual can be re-heating your tea in the microwave as your first small break between creative stints.
Here are seven other starting rituals:
Craft your own starting ritual or try out one of these suggestions. If the ritual you choose doesn't take hold, craft or choose another one until you find the perfect starting ritual for you. •
© Eric Maisel, 2007. All rights reserved.
Eric Maisel, Ph.D. is a frequent contributor to Art of the Song: Creativity Radio.These essays are reprinted with permission from his on-air segment and are excerpted from his books: "Creativity For Life"; "A Writer's Paris"; "A Writer's San Francisco"; and others. More »