So much of a creative life is knowing when to go forward and when to retreat. So much of winning through in the long haul boils down to knowing when to push forward and when to hang back. -Julia Cameron, Finding Water
Pause. Reflection & Review. Solitude. These are essential elements to incorporate in your self-directed study. My Monday’s and Sunday’s are devoted to such times.
A self-directed study begins with a promise to yourself to promote your curiosity to priority status. To schedule time and utilize creative ways of noticing + noting what is interesting to you, and necessary for your wholeheartedness.
- Refining a sense of truthfulness is to cease filtering our story through the faulty beliefs of others — inadvertently adopted as our own due to a lack of intention and discipline for discovery. ✔ [post]
- Removing a should or must to allow for the pause of noticing what is appealing — to honor it with space and time — can feel like betrayal, a self-inflicted wound, counterproductive and even selfish. ✔ [post]
- A self-directed study as a practice develops your resilience — your “wild patience” — and facilitates your desire to learn new ways. ✔ [post]
- The first hurdle in determining your personal why is granting yourself an empty white canvas + permission to “spend” your hours on a topic or activity solely for personal pleasure. ✔ [post]
- A self-directed study involves noticing how you spend your days and weeks, evaluating if the minutes of your hours reflect what appeals to you and then allowing for necessary adjustments. ✔ [post]
I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life—not someone else’s life—water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
During the month of October, I will be sharing daily posts with ideas about why and how to create a self-directed study. Paying attention to what has your attention is the essential first step. What piques your interest? Which activities, skill sets and/or authors appeal to you, Braveheart? Will you allow time and space to explore and to value a self-directed study?