Emptiness Friday Five
Sally has given us an interesting Five on this first Friday of Lent:
I have been pondering this Friday Five over and over in my mind, but I am coming up with nothing, so I am wondering; what do you do when you feel empty of all creativity and unable to make/do anything? This is a completely open question, the only rule is name 5 things that fill/ inspire you:
- 1. Rest: All too often when I am feeling empty it is because I am too tired to think. Taking some time for me is very important. If I was at the office, I might close the door and take a power nap, or go out for a cuppa. Sometimes just getting outside will help
- 2. Get with people: I am an extrovert and being around others energizes me. The words of others spark words in me when I have writer’s block over sermons or articles I am writing. I remember when I was studying I would often go to a local coffee shop by myself and work on papers because there were other people around.
- 3. Meditation: When I am feeling especially empty it is time to get really quiet. I try to place my emptiness before God and just sit there allowing God to do something with my emptiness. It is funny about emptiness though; it is the hardest thing to place before the Holy One, so sitting with my hands open is very important. I do not always find God filling my emptiness with Godly Presence at those times, but I do find that my hands are often ‘filled’ when I re-enter. I allow myself at least an hour for this exercise and discipline myself not to get discouraged. Often I find that there is some dissatisfaction in my relationship with the Divine that is blocking my creativity and I am convicted to make some changes so that my life with God is restored to its balance.
- 4. Go Fishing: I used to go fishing when I would get really empty. There is nothing like God’s creation and standing in the middle of a stream to fill me with God’s blessing. Now I often write as trout streams are non-existent in Texas. Or often I just get in the car and drive. There is something about TX horizons that allow me to ‘breathe’. The vast expanse of the country is comforting.
- 5. Listen to music: Usually music lifts my soul and fills it. If I can sing it is best. But often just listening to things that remind me of who I am and what I am all about helps. Because for many years I was a professional French horn player, music with lots of brass like Mahler, Janecek, Brahms, or wonderful lyrics. Slipping a CD of the Messiah or the Brahms’ Requiem into the car’s track and singing to my heart’s content where no one else can hear me as I drive out in the country is wondrous salve for my soul. Just me and the cows and the jackrabbits. And then I laugh and laugh.