I recently had dinner with a friend who I had not seen in several months. She apologized for not trying to arrange a get together with me sooner, but that truthfully, she was feeling like a hermit.
I laughed and said I was feeling the same way. It’s very true. All year I have avoided much social contact, trying to stay at home as much as possible. I have truly become a hermit!
The above image is the traditional one used for The Hermit card in the tarot, in case you’re wondering. I chose this image for this post because I have been using a card pulled from a tarot style deck as a daily focus, so the ideas behind the tarot have been on my mind.
Now, don’t start thinking I’m weird and crazy, stay with me here! I have become a hermit, staying at home working in the studio daily, avoiding the contact and influence of other people. But some days I find that I need something to get me moving in another direction or to start a fresh piece of art and drawing a card with a thought has really helped.
Some days I feel guilty for avoiding the outside world, and it’s usually those days that I find my daily card is even more important. It’s kind of like a mini meditation. Pull the card, enjoy the image, think about the message and then think again about how the message is going to influence how I work today or what I need to create.
I do yoga and really enjoy the freedom in my mind that I get from focusing just on my breath (and holding that impossible pose!), but my daily card and mini meditation is more than that. It’s difficult to be an artist (lol! but you knew that already!) , and it can be difficult to keep going and stay focused when you’re alone and wondering “what now?”, so doing something that completely brings my mind into balance, even for a second, has been a great joy. I’ve found that it is something I look forward to each day.
For me, becoming a hermit, and finding my daily focus, has been such a great blessing this year. Perhaps in the future I’ll want to have more contact with people or friends, but for now I’m growing so much creatively and artistically that I can’t see changing this routine.
So I wonder, how do the rest of you deal with balancing the outside and inside worlds? Are you hermits, or gregarious social butterflies able to fit in art any time? Do you need intense focus and solitude or do you require the energy of others to keep going?
Everybody is so different, but I wonder if artists as a group lean one way or the other. Or maybe I’m just a weirdo. LOL. That’s what my family always thought! 🙂