The Vein of Gold group is coming along fabulously, though I think some of us are torn between wanting to get together more often and feeling a little overwhelmed with the homework. It’s all good stuff, but it’s hard to keep up with everything when you have a regular life to take care of too. We just have to remember that we do what we can and mustn’t beat ourselves up when we can’t do it all. Our latest homework project, which we started in the last meeting, was to create a manifesto for some aspect of our life.
Several years ago, a group of wonderful artistic-types gathered together to go through Julia Cameron’s Walking in this World and I learned about her ritual of Morning Pages. At the time, my mornings were pretty chaotic (getting two kids up and driving them to school) and writing was not part of my creative focus, so I did them reluctantly and sporadically (when I did them at all).
I am now starting her Vein of Gold book with a new fabulous group (some of them from the old wonderful group) and will be trying the Morning Pages routine again. This time I think I “get” the purpose of them at least; they can be very beneficial in clearing your mind of mental clutter and letting you focus on what you want to focus on. And this time, writing is a part of my artistic domain, so I figure I have a reasonable chance of pulling some benefit out of it and maybe even sticking with it for awhile.