Simply, tend. To ourselves. To others. To space. To time. To ideas, both stubborn and fleeting. To the practice of living, which requires little more than our immediate senses. To uncharted or forgotten paths.
Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
Patti Smith talks about writers and artists who magnified her spirit — it’s a beautiful phrase and a beautiful notion. Who are the people, ideas, and books that magnify your spirit? Find them, hold on to them, and visit them often. Use them not only as a remedy once spiritual malaise has already infected your vitality but as a vaccine administered while you are healthy to protect your radiance.
"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."
-Octavia E. Butler
- Record ideas as they emerge
- Suspend all critical judgement until the end of the session. Idea production is ten times greater when imagination isn't restricted by judicial attitudes.
- Quantity is important. The more ideas, the greater the likelihood of success.
- Set a goal for how many ideas you want to come up with. Make the number so large that you will have to stretch to achieve your goal.
- Use and build on the ideas of others.