Do you remember the scene from the movie, The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy lands in Oz and opens the door and the world goes from black and white to bold, bright, colors? That’s what I experience through my creativity. I become mindful, in the moment, and immersed in my surroundings that, otherwise, I can become desensitized to.
Thoreau suggests we experience longings that may be the stirrings of remorse when we are not living up to our potential: “We do not commonly live our life out and full; we do not fill all our pores with our blood; we do not inspire and expire fully and entirely enough…. We live but a fraction of our life. Why do we not let on the flood, raise the gates, and set all our wheels in motion?”
Through my writing, I explore themes of presence and connection. In today’s fractious world, it has become too easy to retreat into groups with which we are comfortable and feel protected. In times of crisis, however, our differences fall away as we come together. That universal thread is always there. We are all connected all of the time. Through my creativity, I explore those connections, hoping to reveal to me as well as others how there truly no such things as “us” and “them.” There is only us.
When you start something new, you honor yourself. When you support the creativity of others, you honor them. When you irrevocably, unconditionally love someone who is different from you, you venture into new territory in a creative way. When you encourage someone to create from their sacred place, then you acknowledge the sacred within them, the divinity within, and, therefore, the divinity within you. The separateness disappears and this is the essence of namaste.
Life has color if we see it. Life can be magical if we believe it. Life can be transcendent if we allow it. Living a creative life involves awaking each day with an attitude of awe and gratitude.
I do. I want to help you live that way too.
Terry Price is a writer, photographer, creative coach, and Veriditas trained labyrinth facilitator who works one-on-one with creatives and leads workshops and retreats around the country. He has his MFA from the Spalding MFA in Writing program in Louisville, Kentucky.