It’s the first time I’m defining it in such a way – so bare with me here – I’m trying something.
Some might call it the Spirit, others might call it the Creative Self.
The reason I prefer the term ‘Centre’ as opposed to ‘Self or Spirit’ is because it takes some of the force and pressure associated with focusing on ourselves head-on. It allows us to create some distance so help us see more clearly.
The Golden Centre is the place where our ideas, memories, decisions, behaviours, hope, fears, drive and faith collide.
Every decision we make, idea we have, expression we share, thing we create: is primarily influenced by the information and environment we cultivate inside of ourselves.
We seek goals outside of ourselves – money, relationships, career achievements – and yet, so often, we can become paralysed by these external expectations. Like we’re pulling ourselves along, rather than letting our Golden Centre lead us.
This is something I’ve gotten wrong so many times in my life. I’ve beaten myself up, given in, played the victim and believed a story that said – “If you haven’t done/achieved/experienced that thing yet, it’s your fault, you’re not good enough.”
My ego has been the loudest voice – and the ego’s only agenda is one of defeat at all costs. It is the rock put in front of us that we think is there to block the path and tell us we’re heading in the wrong direction, when really (as I’m coming to realise at the age of 31) it is there as an invitation to build our muscles to be stronger – so we lift it out of the way and continue on.
Our ego is not inside our Golden Centre. It is in our head. When we lead with our Centre, we are leading ourselves with warmth, compassion and courage. The most beautiful qualities that exist inside of every human being.
So, when we’re seeking the achievement of a goal, it’s not about focusing purely on that goal, it’s about doing the work beneath, around and behind the goal.
Writing the blog posts, experimenting with the ideas, meeting the people, creating the artworks, interrogating the brief, defining ourselves through each intuitive decision that we make.
When I use the word ‘work’ what I mean is ‘creativity’. The process of making, speaking, sharing, engaging, reflecting, defining. Creativity is the process of what we create. Let yourself enjoy the process. It’s there to be enjoyed.
Here are the things that nurture my Golden Centre – things I love to do:
- writing about the creative process and my own experiences that feed and influence that process
- reading about other people’s creative processes
- making Ink-Pressings
- hosting Pressing Sessions
- leading Innovation Workshops
- spending time with friends - listening to their stories
- thinking quietly – totally alone, space to think, feel, reflect, be
- binge watching feel-good, funny TV series’ – Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock (the more dorky the better) – often as a way of tuning out at the end of the day – because you can’t be creating/reflecting/sharing all the time – sometimes you just have to not achieve
Now, when I start feeling overwhelmed I dial the compass back to my Golden Centre.
I nurture my spirit.
I write words, I make new artworks, I ask people questions, I listen to stories, I host workshops.
I do the work, because that is what nourishes me.
That’s how I know I’m doing the right work – because it makes me feel good when I do it.
Ps. What work makes you feel good to do? What nourishes your Golden Centre?
This post is in answer to the question “Tell us about something that is important to you.” and is the second in a 7 part series for the #yourturnchallenge initiated by Winnie Kao, Special Project Lead for Seth Godin.
Check out the challenge details here