The last two months have been full, fulfilling and fun. Work done. Goals met. New adventures with new people, places and art. In other words, the flow of my life has been like riding river rapids.
Now it's time for a change of pace.
But it's not easy for me to slow down. I walk everyday. Throw. Paint. Write. Do yoga and jazzercise and all the rest of the necessary work of living a creative and healthy life.
For me, throwing on the wheel is a calming almost meditative practice. I didn't have time to throw much for the last few weeks, so spending a few days throwing is a nice way to slow down.
I also love reading and writing and watching good movies. I'm reading Diana Gabaldon's latest book in the Outlander series, "My Own Heart's Blood". I wrote in my journal and watched, "Practical Magic" which definitely got me in the mood for Halloween and pumpkin carving.
This week, I also spent time painting with under glazes and doing sgraffito. But the most important thing I did was experiment with some new handbuillt shapes including plates. This is stepping outside my comfort zone, yes, but when I do it without deadlines or performance pressures, it feels more like play.
I used to struggle against slow flow. But I realize taking the time to take things slowly is a good way to refresh and revive body and mind. I see it opens me up to playfully experiment with a new lightness and softer energy.
Flow is my word for this year. As I become much more aware of how it moves through my life and that awareness is teaching me to accept the changes of pace with, hopefully, more grace and less fear.