In the orientation materials we send people before they come on retreats, we talk about how you have to disconnect in order to get connected.
Today we’re so connected to machines, computers, TVs, phones, email, the Internet, the news, other people on Facebook… we hardly have any time to ourselves as individuals.
Our attention is always being pulled outward.
Our attention needs to be drawn back in. It is this intention, this connection we are talking about.
Connecting with yourself, with your creative self, is what we believe in. This can be through writing, inventing, crocheting, singing or painting, to name but a few of the creative outlets people have worked on while at La Muse.
We believe being inspired and connected to yourself is one of the most important things there is about being a human. It makes life bearable, and joyful!
As the American novelist Kurt Vonnegut once said:
Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
Connection, or “flow” as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it in his book of the same name, is the experience every creative person who has ever come to La Muse has talked about in some way or another. Indeed, it was a German writer from Berlin who donated Csikszentmihalyi’s book to our living library years ago.
At the Book Break we have in the first week of every retreat, she talked about how important it is to find flow in your work, to connect with makes you joyful in your creativity, but also with what makes you forget time, to get lost in what your are creating, what you are doing.
Next up, How, literally, does Inspiration happen at La Muse?