Awake in the World

Awake in the World


The Humbling Experience of Starting from Zero

posted by debramoffitt

How often have you wanted to try something new and then let fear or embarrassment block the way? As part of my New Year’s resolution I decided to start an art class. I’m terrible at drawing and generally use collage for creative expression, so becoming an art student means pretty much starting from zero and putting myself in the equivalent of an artist’s kindergarten class. The teacher asked me to bring an image that I’d like to work with. I brought several and she picked a wall drawing of two beautiful Sri Lankan women.

With a three by four foot blank paper in front of me, the teacher showed me how to roughly draw out a grid on the paper and also on the image of the women. “Go ahead and start,” she said. I sat there for a few moments not knowing where to begin. In that blank space, not knowing and wanting to progress, I picked up the pencil and drew the curve of a shoulder, a line for the forearm, the tilt of the woman’s head.

And I recalled – this is what it’s like to return to zero. It’s humbling. The mind goes blank and has no supports. It simply aspires. I saw what I wanted to draw, but a gap existed between the act of drawing and my imagination of what I wanted to accomplish. Part of life is about learning to create. And creating what we see with the mind’s eye comes into being through practice.

I’m only at the beginning of my art adventure, but I aspire to learn enough to express myself. It may not be easy to break out of the comfort zone and try something new. But putting one’s self in a place of learning is a way to remain fresh and childlike. It opens the door to the child’s mind. Determined, playful, adventurous. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do – belly dance, bunji jump or learn to tango, then take the plunge. A whole new world of expression may open up to you and ignite your creative spirit.

 Bio: Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery” (Llewellyn Worldwide, February 2013). A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at http://www.awakeintheworld.com and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/DebraMoffittAwakeintheWorld



Previous Posts

Discovering You're Enough with a Leap of Perception
If you’re feeling hemmed in and know that there’s much more to you than what you’re currently experiencing but don’t know quite how to access it, then “Leap of Perception,” by Penney Peirce deserves a read. Penney wrote about working with dreams and intuition long before working with eit

posted 10:16:51am Sep. 18, 2013 | read full post »

How Joy Finds Us: Interview with Mark Nepo
The things we need arrive at the right time, and so it has been with Mark Nepo and his work. For those of us on a spiritual path, Mark’s writings possess the power to immediately move us into connection with a subtle and powerful awareness at the deepest, most soulful level. Though Mark Nepo‘s w

posted 9:42:16am Jul. 16, 2013 | read full post »

Hot Rituals to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The days are hot and sunny, and summer officially begins this week on June 21st. It’s the longest day and the shortest night in the Northern hemisphere. I love this day. In the South of France it’s celebrated by jumping over bonfires as a way to gain cour

posted 7:27:32am Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

When Spirit Moves Us Out of Our Comfort Zone to Grow
Stepping onto the spiritual path isn’t all peace and roses. It pushes us into a place that moves us beyond our usual comfort zone. As we attune to the highest within us and listen to inner guidance, that guidance sometimes pushes us to try new jobs, to stretch into new creative projects, and to so

posted 8:04:01am Jun. 18, 2013 | read full post »

When Life Races By Replace Stress and Anxiety with Gentle Awareness
Even though I’m a seasoned traveler I still get stressed before trips. It’s not big jitters, just a general anxiety about: 1) Did I pack everything? 2) Will my travel connections go smoothly? And 3) What about the unexpected? Movement brings agitation. Sitting in meditation is easiest for me for

posted 5:26:35am May. 28, 2013 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.