June 20, 2012

Perfect Moments, Part Three

Posted in Creativity, Depth, Peak Experiences tagged , , at 3:47 pm by Rebecca Hein

The art of not grabbing for your best work has to be practiced just like any other skill. It’s a state of mind where you must balance your desire to write well with a complete release of that hope.

This may feel impossible, but it probably isn’t any harder than musical performance, where you want to play your best, yet know that this very goal will defeat you if it is foremost in your mind. To get lost in the music, forgetting everything else, is the way to play your best.

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December 29, 2010

On Depth

Posted in Depth tagged , , at 9:45 am by Rebecca Hein

We normally think of depth in writing as a meaningful experience for the reader. But what does this feel like on the other end?

Not long ago I was working on the final draft of a piece when I sensed a more profound level of insight, flow, and confidence. It was so real that I could actually feel my attention sinking more deeply into my work.

The cause? More than just multiple reworkings of a single idea. More than daily (or regular) writing. More than a lifetime of cello playing. The final ingredient was trust in my creativity, born of a wide-open approach, which you can try at any time.