Friday, May 30, 2014

creating... in life, in yoga, in words and pictures....

Earlier this month the beautiful soul that is Mindy Tsonas  asked me to participate in a blog tour that I've seen circulating the past few months. I'm finally obliging! I've seen this set of questions answered in many ways, about writing or other creative endeavors. Right now I'm not focusing on writing necessarily... so here's my spin ;)

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1. What am I working on? Right now, I'm in a gathering and learning phase. I'm working on my yoga practice, I'm learning about all sorts of things that apply to yoga and mind and body connections. I'm starting to slowly write down the journey that has gotten me here - 15 years ago I was introduced to yoga and I feel that it has played a very special part in my story. The times I have felt the most true and authentic have been times when I am active on my yoga mat. I now practice daily, participate in yoga challenges on instagram, and try to attend classes when time and money allows! It's an interesting thing, the yoga world on instagram. I didn't understand it at first. But now I look at it as a source of inspiration, a community of like minded folks all learning from each other and pushing each other to keep going. Yes, the yoga journey is very personal, and we need to leave judgement and comparison in order to go inward and work on ourselves. But... it is undeniable that there is a certain energy that is unique and helpful that happens in a yoga class, or while practicing anywhere with other people. For those of us that aren't spending hours in a studio or with other yogi's, the IG community is extremely helpful, inspiring, and playful. It's not about perfect pictures and showing off. It's about showing up, holding yourself accountable and finding that divine light in yourself and seeing it in others {the very definition of Namaste, "the light in me sees and honors the light in you..."}

I've been toying with an idea for an ecourse on finding time for yourself, finding time for meditation and creativity, and carving out space in your day for whatever stirs and heals your soul. I'm not sure how and when that will materialize, but it's in the back of my head! But for right now I'm happy journaling, diving deeper into my practice, painting and drawing with the kids, reading and sitting by the ocean and starting to feel lighter, more peaceful and playful than I have in years.

That's what I'm working on... ultimately, my life.


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2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?  The only thing I can really say is that whatever I create is different than anyone else doing similar things, because it's from my heart. Not that other people aren't working from their heart, but what I mean is that each of us will ultimately create something unique because our gifts are all unique and specific to ourselves. Yes, they might be similar {I believe we can all identify with each other on that human, we're all made of the same stuff level...}, but I think each of us can put a spin on things because of our individual experiences and backgrounds. 


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3. Why do I create/write what I do? Most of the time when I create something - whether it's a few lines in my journal or my daily practice, it's because it's bubbling up inside of me.  I guess I create when I can't not create or it will drive me crazy! But also I create to give myself something. To not loose myself to motherhood or homeschooling or wifehood. I create to find and keep me alive.

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4. How does my writing/creating process work? I work on things in my head way before they ever come out. I'll work on creating a certain pose physically, but also in my head, and then when I get it mentally, it doesn't matter when or where, I need to try it with my body. My husband has started not even batting an eye when I get up from the couch while watching tv {recently, Dr. Who, how did we not get into that before!?!} and bust out a headstand variation or an arm balance. Or if I have lines in my head that need to get put on paper, I can't think about anything else until I get them down. I have words scribbled in various notebooks, quotes that inspire me scrawled out in cursive across large pieces of blank paper stuffed into my purse... white sheets poke out of bookshelves as little treasures for later. My process isn't precise, and it changes, but mostly I think things through before giving them life - sometimes a little too much thought goes into things and I hold myself back, but for the most part it works!

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And now I'd like to invite anyone who wants to to play along! But specifically I'd like to tag  Jess at One Wild and Precious Life. I'd love to read your answers :) If anyone decides to play along, please leave a comment and let me know so I can make sure to read!

Thank you Mindy... for just being you and for giving me a reason to blog when I didn't think I had it in me :) I'm so blessed to have you as friend, lady! xoxo

5 comments:

  1. so many beautifully resonant through-lines. here! i've love watching you evolve in your writing and in through your yoga and it seems like you just crack open wider and wider - it's a beautiful thing to bear witness to. i feel so blessed to call you kindred and to have you nearby! you inspire me every day <3

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  2. thank-you Corinne for tagging me, this looks like a lot of fun! And, I have been seriously toying with the idea of starting yoga. I think your blog is just the push that I need! I'd love to take an ecourse by you! And I really need to follow your yoga instagram. Thanks for the inspiration, it sounds really life-giving.

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  3. I've been loving your IG yoga posts, even though I have not ventured into yoga myself...YET! Thanks for sharing your writing process with us!

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  4. I'm new to yoga so I find your if posts motivating :) I love how I feel when doing yoga and it makes a great start to my day. Loved reading your answers :)

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  5. Beautiful Corinne! Our writing practice is similar...and creative process similar. "when things bubble up" resonates with me. Also the ideas in the head arriving to be worked out before they end up on a scrap. I especially love that you are feeling more playful and at peace.

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