A couple of weeks ago I talked about the impulse to save things and the damaging effect this can have when it comes to saving ideas or holding back in your creative practice.
In writing that post I realised that there is another impulse, closely linked to the impulse to save and to hold in, and that’s the impulse to give. Much in the same way that we might censor ourselves by not acting on the desire to create something, we can also hold ourselves back by not giving enough outwards. It feels like the saving and the giving are two sides of the same coin. That when the natural rhythm of the year comes back towards winter and we instinctively begin to gather inwards, to hibernate, that’s also when we can tend to shut ourselves off from other people.Read More