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The Center

I’ve been catching up on reading my Brain Pickings weekly newsletter in the last couple of days. And while going through the ideas and works of acclaimed and prolific writers/philosophers, I realized just how out of touch I’ve been with my center recently.

The “center” is that special place where my inspiration and drive to write comes from, the place that I can always call home. Earlier, when life was simpler and less demanding (back when I was in college), the center gave me so much to work on and write about that I was practically blogging everyday. I even had time to write poems and think about melodies for a song — I was very productive and creative.

But then, since I started working, there seemed to be less time to tap into my center and channel its energies to writing outputs. Except for 2013 (when I was able to write a lot because I lived so near to my workplace), the last five years were spent more on living through the daily demands of life rather than examining it.

Yes, there were times of inventiveness and imagination but not in the frequency that I want. It’s inevitable to choose sleep or lazing around at home during certain times, especially when work is acting like a big monster.

Now, after going through the articles in Brain Pickings, especially that of poet Jane Kenyon, I feel compelled to be more in touch with my center and bring back the flow of creative energy I had before. I want to be able to balance the fast-paced, high-pressure life that I lead with a downtime that allows me to be productive and creative.

Nothing more moved me than this quote from Jane, which shook me and instantaneously made me want to reconnect with my center:

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.”

There should be more time for introspection and solitude, I guess. I hope to be able to write more soon.

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