On most days, I set out on an hour-long morning walk. My path takes me on roads lined with houses with small, lovely gardens. It’s as if the owners’ personalities are expressed through their landscaping. Restrained lawns. Drought-resistant and seemingly wild gardens with aloe vera, lavender, and rosemary. Vibrant colorful daisies bursting out of their borders. Right now early summer roses are in many gardens and the air is heavy with their perfume and with the sound of bees at work. The roads are gently dusted with fallen petals, leaves, and twigs. Sometimes, I bring back a petal, a tiny leaf, or flower back as souvenirs of that day’s walk. And today, I got to thinking about what we seek and what we find. About finding not seeking.
For so long all my creative journeys were about seeking something, a validation or a destination. It’s only after having been on this path for nearly 10 years that I think I’m beginning to understand what Herman Hesse said in his book Siddhartha, “And when someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”
For Day 114 of the 365 day creativity challenge, find something in nature and let it inspire your creativity. (Obviously, with regard to found objects (leaves, petals, etc.) don’t pick up anything unsafe or something that you may be allergic to!) You can use it to compose a photograph which is what I did or you can use what nature you see in your daily path to inspire your writing, prose or poetry. If you are an artist, you may capture the beauty of the bright green of fallen leaves against the road in a drawing. It always reminds me of a starry night. Use the nature you see in your surroundings to inspire Day 114. And while you are expressing yourself creatively, mull over Hesse’s profound words of wisdom. You may also want to read his writings on his reverence for trees. Have a wonderful day! – Priya