Forget Yourself

A short post. Inspired by an amazing quote. Let’s hear it:

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself.”Henry Miller

Found this gem in Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write (AF) feeding daily ideas into what it means to be a writer. Loved it so wanted to share. The premise of the chapter being to simply let yourself listen to the voice in your head and transcribe those thoughts. Not allowing the filter that we often carry around with us to stop the words from flowing to the page  and preventing us to believe ourselves to be writers. These doubts know me well. Here we are showing up to the page and writing a few words; I hope you are doing the same.

It reminded me the first time I read John Ruskin’s idea of Word-Painting in Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel (AF). We are all able to word-paint we just fail to ask ourselves enough questions and as noted above don’t allow ourselves to listen.

I have a habit of taking all of these travel photos and then letting them sit, unviewed for months. Perhaps a quick scan through picking out a few to edit and admire. Then slowly over time I go back and think about the moment and recall the memories. The first time pictured above visiting the famed Shibuya crossing and watching the flow of people seemingly coming from nowhere every 1-2 minutes and crossing the intersection only to disappear seconds later. Think of the thoughts and ideas that flow through the minds of the people that cross Shibuya each and every day; amazing. The interaction of people flowing between each other effortlessly from all different directions. There’s really nothing like it where I’m from and so when I look back at these photos I’m always amazed.

Stuck in your head? Let those thoughts go! Give the Morning Pages exercise a go and be surprised at the amount of things bottled up inside. No judgment just write.

 

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