Thursday, October 8, 2009
The Joy Diet - Desire
This week in Martha Becks book The Joy Diet we concentrated on Desire. She suggested that each day, we should identify, articulate, and explore at least one of your heart's desires. What is one thing you really want? Each day you may think of something new. You think that this would have been simple but I seemed to avoid it most of the week.
Wednesday I took a walk for my do nothing portion and I started to thing about desire and my choice for the day was to become a better artist. I think that I am taking steps in that direction. Taking Gut Art has already done that for me.
Of course after rereading the text I think that is more a surface desire and perhaps the desires that I have are deeper. Most of my desires really resolve around art and writing and completing those projects to my satisfaction but what really comes after that. If I look deeper into those desires I realize perhaps my desire is not to have a published book or be a better artist but more that I want my work to affect others and inspire them to follow their dreams. I want to foster connection between myself and others. Those are my desires on another level.
Then Jamie talked about feeling your desire in your body on her video. I had not thought of that until she mentioned it. Sometimes I feel it in my heart and other times I feel it in my gut.
This weeks collage was easy I chose the artist because that is what I desire and the women were from the Artnest retreat a few years back. They symbolize connection. I saw the woman blowing the bubbles as my little desires growing up to become big and wonderful and fulfilled. I am finding that when I do the collage for each week it seems to reinforce the idea in my brain somehow. It is as though the week is not complete until I have done the collage. Perhaps there is a connection with art and mind. Next week we study creativity now there is something I know about. I am looking forward to that chapter.