I’m writing this post in my PJs from bed while the afternoon sun is shining outside. I guess I could call this a mini-down cycle! Gail McMeekin’s fourth secret of Highly Creative Women is about surrendering to creative cycles and dealing with the void. In coaching we call this the dip. It’s that time when you may be feeling stuck, slowed down, discouraged, vulnerable, sensitive, or perhaps not feeling anything at all because you’ve numbed out. It’s the low point, the darkness, the spaces in-between, the pause, the quiet.
For me, sometimes these dips can be really bleak and blue, especially when I let the inner critic run the show. “Um, hello, get off you’re butt, you should be doing more!!!” “Look at what everybody else is creating, you’re getting behind!” “You’ll never be that creative or successful again.”
Other times, these dips are much needed respites after intensely creative and hectic periods. That’s when I just allow myself to rest. To spend a week not doing much of anything except reading, vegging out and indulging in self-care. Typically, I’ll be very busy and productive for a month or two straight (with travel, lots of events and projects, etc.) and then the following month will be much more spacious and mellow. In fact, I’m heading into a more calm month now after a whirlwind past two weeks. Many times, my body will just tell me to stop and take a break (in fact, I hurt my back in yoga yesterday, so it’s another reason why I’m telling myself to just take it easy).
So, I am enjoying my quiet time this afternoon. I treated myself to a massage this past Friday and I am looking forward to white space on my calendar. I know that this break will give me the renewed energy and spark to continue on my creative path.