Filling the Well.

In order to eat healthy, we know it's important to restock our refrigerator with fresh produce on a regular basis. As creatives (we're all creatives, btw), it's equally important to fill our creative well. For some, this may mean gathering more clay or paints or other things to play with. It may mean building up a visual or photographic library to generate more ideas. But for me, it's always been taking deliberate time out in nature. Walking underneath a canopy of Redwoods as the rain gently falls on my face, smelling fresh air, and exploring new trails recalibrates my senses, recharges my soul, and recenters me.

 Damnation Creek Trail, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Damnation Creek Trail, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Fresh beauty opens one’s eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common everyday beauty.
— John Muir
 Unfurling ferns. A subtle reminder that we are all still becoming, unfolding, and opening up into our fully-expressed selves. 

Unfurling ferns. A subtle reminder that we are all still becoming, unfolding, and opening up into our fully-expressed selves. 

 Little reminder from nature, sprinkled all along the trail. You are loved.

Little reminder from nature, sprinkled all along the trail. You are loved.

What are some ways this week that you can fill your own creative well?