Springing The Virtue Trap

Greetings creative yogis!

I would love to say that spring really feels like it's coming, but frankly, it's -20 here in Toronto and it snowed 15 cm last week. I suppose we are earning our summer this year, so please universe, make it a good one!

Despite the weather I do have spring on the mind. I am feeling it in my desire to plan a vegetable garden and a bike trip. I am also getting back to writing my book after months of research and notes and soon, (drum roll please...) I will be sharing the Y4C love via video!

Last but not least, I am thinking about this fair season because I have a new urban retreat on the horizon!

Writes of Spring is all about harnessing the frenetic, insanely creative energy of the season and channeling it into your art and life. Spring is THE season of creativity, (not to mention procreative energy as well!). All the deep inner reflection that we've been doing all winter is now ready to bust through and manifest in the world.



I think for most of us, it's hard to give ourselves that time; to justify our creative instincts and avoid falling into what Julia Cameron calls, 'the virtue trap'. "For an artist, withdrawal is necessary, without it (we) feel vexed, angry and out of sorts...Defending our right to such time takes courage, conviction and resiliency."

I have definitely been feeling, well, out of sorts, lately, and it's more than just the lingering cold. As my creative productivity slowed this winter, and along with it my motivation and confidence, I tended to see the world, and my life, with grey rather than rose colored glasses. I found myself, as hard as it is to admit, angry and resentful of my loved ones, for not being supportive enough of my art. But when I took off the crappy glasses, I saw that it was really about ME: I hadn't been supportive enough of myself.

"Many of us have made a virtue out of deprivation. We have embraced a long-suffering artistic anorexia as a martyr's cross." writes Cameron. We think that taking care of our inner artist is selfish, because it would mean saying no to the millions of favors we do all the time, so we neglect them, and guess what, everyone becomes unhappy. I think this is especially true for women, for whom it seems so hard to own their own incredible power, speak of it with unabashed confidence and say the simple word: NO. Not to say that we shouldn't take care of each other, (I think Karma yoga is it's highest form), but take off the glasses and really have a good look at how well you are taking care of YOU.

So here's the deal: our retreat on Sunday April 13th is going to be a day for digging in and making real, marked progress on a project. Turning up the fertile earth, worms and all and getting our hands dirty. Feeling our creative power, harnessing the inspirational qualities of the season. It's going to be a day for you to say 'No' to everyone else except for you. And you know what, it's going to feel INCREDIBLE. I promise, because you have the WRITE.