Tomorrow begins our exciting adventure on the path of Walking in this World.
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to pick up a copy of the book. If not, it’s not too late to join us! Amazon even has next-day shipping.
If you do have the book, I suggest reading the Introduction and Basic Tools today. I’m going to briefly discuss my experience with the basic tools and tell you how I’ve made the 12 week program fit into my overflowing life.
Making time for the Basic Tools
The basic tools of the adventure are:
- Daily journaling (“Morning pages”)
- Artist Dates
- Weekly Walks
In addition to the basic tools, you’ll also need to read the chapter and do the journaling exercises.
You are, of course, free to complete this however you like. But in the past, the following has worked for me:
On Sunday I look at my upcoming week and schedule – in advance – my Artist Date and my Weekly Walk. You need to schedule it (and defend that schedule tooth and nail!) or it won’t happen. “Emergencies” will crop up to compete. But ask yourself – what’s more of an emergency than healing your creative spirit?
Cameron suggests journaling upon waking — that’s why they’re called “Morning Pages.” You are to write three long-hand pages of stream of consciousness. This usually takes 20 – 30 minutes, depending on how distracted you are. I do it in the morning because it’s the time I have the most control over. I just get up earlier and go to the cafe.
Then I set aside two hours on the weekend to do the reading for the coming week and complete the journaling exercises.
I also plan to meet locally with some friends to talk about the chapter and discuss our experience with it. If you have co-creatives to share this path with, it makes it even more worthwhile. Whether it’s online or face-to-face (or F2F online 🙂 connecting with others deepens the experience. Set up the time in the beginning of the week so you can make sure to secure a spot for it.
Planning when you intend to do each part of the adventure will help make it happen. This is especially true if you need to arrange in advance for childcare or transportation or other details.
I’m a gypsy vagrant with no attachments so I can wing it to some degree. But if I had little ones or a real job, I’d be scheduling my butt off.
In upcoming posts this week, I’ll discuss Morning Pages and Artist Dates in depth.
I get a lot of questions on those, so I’ve put together a FAQ (frequently asked questions) for both. I’ll give you some great ideas for Artist Dates, including where to look for activities and how to make it fun. And some tips for Morning Pages to get the ball rolling.
I’m happy to answer any other questions you have on the process, if it’s within my expertise. Just leave your questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best.
If you want me to link to your site, you can also leave that in the comments. I’ll get the sidebar up this week so you can all connect with one another.
And feel free to Tweet your experience — I may even log into Twitter this week, against my better judgment. 😉 I’m @journalingsaves and you can Tweet using #witw (Walking in the World).
It’s an internet free-for-all!!!
Best of luck to everyone on this adventure. It’s going to be a blast!