Thursday, April 28, 2011

Getting Settled

Lian, teaching me how to "get settled"

No matter how good it might be, moving is extraordinarily difficult.

I think I am kind of like a plant. Transplanting must be done carefully, and it cannot be rushed.  It takes me some time to settle into my new space, to let my roots grow and get used to the new environment and attune to its energies.  So now that I have unpacked, I am learning how to navigate within my new living space, how to find my way around the neighborhood, and establish a new routine.  All this is very least for me it is.

I have been doing a lot of walking.  Walking is a great way to plug into the energy of a space.  I do a lot of sitting and observing. This is hard for a person who likes to be working all the time.  There is a rising anxiety that occasionally wakes me up in the middle of the night.  I panic: where am I? Why aren't I getting more done?  I need to be working!  Then, I get my breathing back to normal and settle back to a fit-full sleep. 

I keep reminding myself that each person has a process, and taking time to connect to a space, to a location, is part of mine.  Today I will be painting the my studio space walls.  This will help with connecting. The plants outside are sprouting and soon it will be time to plant herbs and vegetables, this will help as well.  Gradually, I will find myself aligned with the energies here and making art will be part of the daily routine again. 

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