Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mash up

One of the reasons I go kicking and screaming into every one of life's changes (or so it seems) is because I forget how changes beget creativity. If I could remember the surge in creativity that accompanies a shake up in routine, then maybe I wouldn't get so scared. Ya think?

I've been writing like crazy, here, on Chateau Seven, and for myself. I purchased the app Evernote for the iphone and my computer. The words are pouring out of me at the moment. It's kind of amazing, really. Where are all these words coming from?

What I was thinking this morning is that the words were stuck somewhere in my psyche, frozen in some sort of etymological stasis that accompanied my overly predictable schedule. I got stuck in a rut in which I only went to the Matchbox for dinner, always ordered the same thing, in which I saw the same clients every week or every other week, year in and year out. I waste away when in stasis. It's not good. In Chinese medicine they believe that if there is no change, disease will result. Yeah.

Brain nerds like David Eagleman switch up their schedules as much as possible - to keep their brains interested. In the last few years I have gone the other way, towards predictability. Last winter I watched a million episodes of NCIS, I sat in the same chair in the same room. I even developed a mild version of frozen shoulder - which was quickly dispatched with vigorous massage and acupuncture, should say.

Today will be a David Eagleman day - grocery shopping, then a visit to the Sufi acupuncturist after which I'm seeing one client this afternoon, then cooking dinner for the ex housemates (who are going to help me put up a semi sheer curtain in the massage studio, making it even cozier and more welcoming).

Feeling stale? Uninspired (like I was)? Switch it up, people. It's a bit unnerving but it really helps.


Cyndy said...

Well as they say, variety is the spice of life. Where is that framing shop? I love the little cutouts on the stair risers. Speaking of framing - a building in an eggshell! HaHaHa! Love it!

Reya Mellicker said...

The framing shop is on 7th Street between Eastern Market and Pennsylvania Avenue. I was down there early yesterday morning, going out for morning coffee - I never do that. Part of shaking it up.

steven said...

playing with time and space. opens the interior. steven

Kerry said...

I just read this from Lao Tsu, not 10 minutes ago:

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you're heading."

Love it.

Cyndy said...

Hey did you feel that earthquake that hit about a half hour ago? Creepy. I was outside and could see the house shaking. Doug said the dishes were rattling. What a weird sensation - mentally I'm fine but I can still feel my insides jostling around a little bit.

Meri said...

I'd say you got a little switch up from the earth energy this afternoon.

Lynne said...

Wow, Reya. Did you get rocked and rolled around by the earthquake? I felt it way up here! My house shook!
Hope all is well at the Chateau.

Washington Cube said...

I went thru a bad shaking. I'm going to Eastern Market to get some kimchi. :)

Pam said...

Reading comments here, it seems like the earth in your part of the world decided to shake, rather than switch, it up!
Where I live the last earthquake was in 1953 (we both know what a great year that was!)Only a few moths old, the alarm clock fell on my head which explains a lot.
Strange way to be told to wake up to yourself!!

Reya Mellicker said...

OK. Can you PLAN to write a post like this, then experience a completely unexpected EARTHQUAKE just a few hours later? Holy cow.

I was dancing in alignment with the energy, definitely. For what it's worth.

Reya Mellicker said...

A whole post on the earthquake tomorrow, of course.