Remember when I mentioned I was doing the Artist’s Way? Well, I am in Week 4 and one of the tasks is a week of reading deprivation. At first, I thought it would be easy. I’m always complaining about how I don’t have enough time to read. How hard could it be?

Well, it’s not just reading. The purpose is avoid distractions that clutter up your creative mind. That includes television. I watch a lot of television. I’m only on Day Two and have had to work really hard not to watch cable news. I pick up the remote dozens of times and then put it back down again. I always joke that I’m addicted to the news. I really need to take a look at this habit!

I also read a lot of blogs. Actually, I never really put blogs in the “reading” category. They’re not like sitting down with a book. They are just little bits here and there that I fit into my day. It has been really hard to work at my computer, check email, and not go to my google reader. In fact, it’s been painful. More painful than not watching the news.

The hardest thing I thought would be giving up evening television. It’s my time to hang out with T. I get a lot of knitting done then. So far, I haven’t missed it at all. I was amazed at all of the stuff the two of us accomplished last night in the three hours between M’s bedtime and my bedtime. I even spent some of the time knitting.

Of course, I found out I had to do this for a week the day after I went to the library and checked out a bunch of books. There is one that I got through inter-library loan that I feel like I should be reading now. It’s about freelance writing. I’m trying to convince myself that it is work-related reading and not brain clutter. I am so eager to move forward with my writing. How can I put this off another week? It can’t possibly go in the same category as the Savor Section of the newspaper, can it?

It’s hard for me to trust in things like “spiritual paths to higher creativity.” I feel like I am such a grounded person. But so far, it has worked really well for me. I’m one third into the program and I am already feeling a sense of purpose and clarity that I haven’t felt in a long time, if ever. It’s killing me not to read that book. Do you think that’s the whole point?


3 Responses to reading deprivation

  1. Cioci Ingrid says:

    I had the same feeling about following a spiritual path. I didn’t think it was for me. A spititual path is different from a religious path. Sometimes I think we get the two confused. I read A New Earth and The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I love Tolle’s way of writing and his philosophy. He writes about the same things we’ve heard over and over but somehow they seem new and bring the reader to a new creativity. Believe me, you’ll see the world in a different way. As for the news, I try not to watch. It’s too brutal. I scan the news on my home page and read only what I feel I need to know. I bet the longer you stay away from TV the less you’ll want to watch.

  2. Sarah M says:

    Happy Anniversary Yesterday! Hope you guys had fun!

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