Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Challenge

You can't imagine how quickly and how nicely I have gotten my room together! It is really pleasant. My desk is clean and my copy of True sits in two piles as I enter my revision changes. I have my white cup with blue letters spelling CHAP on one side and a pennant with the number 5 on the other. it   Rod MacLean, the complicated, difficult and lovely guy who taught me and many others how to be gestalt therapists, gave it to me many years ago. In a former life, Rod was a Navy Chaplain. Rod died a few years ago and so this is even more of keepsake and I wouldn't have a desk without it full of pens that don't write, etc... Also there is another container for pens, an old sugar bowl with the loveliest shape and flowers on it - flowers the colours of this office, rusty orange and golden yellow.
There are differences because of having Felix live here for four months. I kept the bed as I like to have a retreat from certain snorers and it is nice not to be banished to the basement where it once was. It means the room can double as a guest room when needed - which won't be often - for we find more and more, like us, people want to sleep in their own dear beds! Yay getting old. I only have one desk and one bookcase here - before there were two of each. And I have slightly different things on the walls - less clutter so the treasures can be seen.
Don't think there isn't lots to be done - oh my goodness - I have all sorts of books to bring back up the stairs and files and stuff to sort. That seems endless.
But right now - when I am doing this last revision before the first readers it is a heavenly place to be. Calm, good.
My challenge, dear readers, is for you to make an oasis where you can create. Perhaps you are neatniks and already have a perfectly organized space - then you can spend a bit of time making sure that when your eyes leave the screen they have something pleasant to look at - a photo of a waterfall, an old mustard jar with classic proportions, a little white wooden rabbit that peeks at you encouragingly as you work. If you have too many thingys vying for your attention spend a bit of time figuring out how you might rotate them - not everything has to be out all the time. Clean your space, brighten it up. Even if your space is a corner of the dining room table - make a tray with the things on it you need and that inspire you.
In Buddhist lingo -  the drala - the helpful energy of where you are. Here is something from the Shambhala Training Glossary (that the lovely folks from the Seattle Shambhala Centre created )on external drala:
External Drala: "Invoking magic in your physical environment; how you organize and care for your space is creating harmony in your environment in order to encourage awareness and attention to detail, promoting the discipline of warriorship." (pg 109)






8 comments:

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I have a collection of things which make me smile - some pictures, a signed script, and a few other objects. Once I finally get organized, they will sit near my writing area.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love your work space. I recently got my desk in order and love it. Having it in order helps me write.
CD

Jan Morrison said...

Elspeth - a script signed by who (whom?) aw fiddle sticks - who signed your script?

Clarissa - exactly. that is why I do it - it is all for the writing!

Carol Kilgore said...

I love the energizing colors on your walls. I keep a beautiful seashell on top of the completed pages of my WIP. When I turn around to grab a book or pages from the printer, I see a little sign my BFF-from-when-we-were-three gave me: "I laughed so hard the tears ran down my leg." It always makes me smile :)

Shaharizan Perez said...

This is such a lovely workspace. I really need to follow the principle of the quote above and create a space of harmony and careful thought.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I have a lovely winter photograph of some trees that is particularly beautiful. :)

Mary Vaughn said...

This was helpful and inspiring as I'm trying to make my office more inspiring. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi, new to the site, thanks.