“Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world, and beyond its world a heaven. Know then that world exists for you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the longest time, I have been working on my art in a corner of our guest room. I would keep all my supplies in the closet and then pull them all out when I wanted to work. Ugh. Talk about uninspiring. IT WAS NOT WORKING FOR ME AT ALL.
A few weeks ago, I finally came to the ridiculously obvious conclusion: Guest room, schmest shmoom! I need an art studio! And when I make a decision like that, I want it done NOW. So with a giant dose of determination and impatience, I set about the task. I put down rubber flooring, I bought new shelving, I rearranged supplies… all in between tending to a sick 3-year-old (and did I mention that now I’m sick too?). But none of that was gonna hold me back. Suddenly I realized that an inspiring workspace was of the utmost importance.
And guess what? It is so amazingly inspiring now. It is wonderful. I’ve been working non-stop in there. And everyone in the family wants to be in my space now. It’s amazing to me how my shift in thinking about the space and configuring the space has somehow changed the energy of the room. It is no longer a guest room. It’s an ART STUDIO.
I think sometimes we underestimate the value of the right kind of space for the right kind of activity. If you love to cook, having the right kitchen equipment and configuration can make a world of difference. If you love to write, having a comfortable desk with good lighting and a cup of tea just might be the best way to get the words to flow. I think sometimes we think that taking that space for our creative passion is selfish but I’ve come to realize just the opposite. We need to nurture the creative. We need to respect it. Creativity is very spiritual after all. It is all about space and ritual.
And if there’s one thing that is imperative to all acts of spirituality it is a sacred space. And I’m so happy I finally created one.