Happy full moon! What a wonderful day to share self-care tip #11: CREATE.
Spiders are masters of creativity. They design, weave, knit, and sculpt. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by spiders and their webs. To this day, I respect and adore spiders. This is evident by the first of my two house rules, “Don’t kill any spiders”. (The other being, “Shoes off”).
One of my greatest lessons about the creative process comes from E.B. White’s book, Charlotte’s Web.
“Day after day the spider waited, head-down, for an idea to come to her. Hour by hour she sat motionless, deep in thought. Having promised Wilbur that she would save his life, she was determined to keep her promise.
Charlotte was naturally patient. She knew from experience that if she waited long enough, a fly would come to her web; and she felt sure that if she thought long enough about Wilbur’s problem, an idea would come to her mind.”
Two of Charlotte’s most endearing qualities are: being naturally patient and feeling sure the creative idea would appear. Spiders are master’s of patience and creativity.
During the creative process of writing or painting, when I feel blocked and catch myself pushing for a sentence or getting irritated about not knowing how to paint what my heart sees, I pause. I step away from the journal or canvas, and step outside. And look for a spider web.
Getting away from my familiar creative space of desk and easel, and looking at a spider web, gets me into the unknown space of nature’s mystery. Mystery – the great and faithful friend of every artist.
Spider webs never cease to amaze me. They are one of the great mysteries of our world! It doesn’t logically seem possible that a little spider can create such intricate and beautiful works of art. It feels both impossible AND like magic.
In observing a spider web, I am reminded that creative magic is my inherent talent too. And not knowing how the article is going to get written or how the painting will appear on the canvas IS the magic trick that ultimately appears every dang time. Just like the bunny pops out of the black hat. Or the spider web appears in my flowerbed. Or the colors appear on my canvas. Or the word appears on my journal page.
Spider webs remind me of magic. And that believing in magic aligns me with Purusha - the divine unmanifested space of unlimited creative possibility.
So folks, keep spinning your words, yarn, paintbrushes, and colored pencils. We all await for your magic to appear.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Get outside and check out a spider web. Pause for 3-5 minutes and observe the web and watch the spider. Bring any creative blocks to your spider web meditation and call on the spider muse, Charlotte, to help you invoke patience and strengthen your belief in creative magic.
p.s. #40DaysOfSelfCare is also happening on my Instagram (@kellenbrugman) should you want to connect with me there. Tips from days 1-10 are up on my blog. Click here to explore more of the #40DaysOfSelfCare adventure.