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When someone suggests that you feel your feelings, you might be wondering, that's nice, but how the heck do I do that? Because if you're used to ignoring or dismissing your feelings or distracting yourself, this is foreign territory. This is something that does not come naturally to you.
"Writers need nature," writes novelist Tina Welling in her stunning, prompt-filled book Writing Wild: Forming A Creative Partnership with Nature. We need nature because it grounds us. Because it takes us out of our minds—where writers tend to live—and "pulls us back into our bodies," Welling writes.
Ideas are everywhere. But sometimes, it can feel like our brains are blank, and we've got absolutely nothing. Sometimes, we're too burnt out to come up with any idea, let alone a good one. We're simply too tired. Or we have a tendency to set sky-high expectations and criticize ourselves the entire time.
We assume that we’re too old to do oh-so many things. We stop ourselves before we ever start. But, as I wrote a few days ago, we’re never too old to explore, to experiment, to wonder, to question, to play, to begin. Because there's no age limit on learning new subjects, on learning new skills.
You yearn to create and play and experiment. But, between work and errands, between commitments and chores, there doesn't seem to be much "free time." There doesn't seem to be much time to simply mess around, to follow ideas, to dance with them, to swirl them around your tongue like a piece of candy. Because maybe you work long hours. Maybe you're a parent (to one, two, three kids). Maybe you're an entrepreneur...