Daydreaming, meditation, writing, drawing, gardening, playing guitar — these are excellent ways to stop time. The pressures and intensity of the day fade into the background. The artist is reunited with childhood musings, a sense of play, and the creative spirit is reignited. Instantly the artist taps into the act of creation itself, and, though engaged in a solitary practice, feels surrounded by all her muses — the writers and artists, living and dead, who have supported her creative practice her entire life. That sense of inspiration, of creating, of reflecting and truly seeing the world is an enormous gift. It is difficult to stop time. There will always be distractions, demands, deadlines, obligations. But for the artist it is crucial to pay attention to the moment; to make the time and space in which to create. The rewards are vast.
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.” — Carl Jung
“Deep time isn’t a realm into which one accidentally tumbles. Dozens of choices may lead up to it, normal time may surround it. There is usually a boundary or door at the edge of deep time. I think of such edges as ‘littoral moments’ because they are like the thin skirtings of sand along seashores that connect the solid land to the fluency of waves.” — Diane Ackerman, Deep Play