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Idle Minds and Window Shrines - Preludes to the Creative Space

Rae Hering

My music room
My music room

In the moments before creation, there is stillness.  I’m standing in front of my keyboard, but I don’t play.  Instead, I find that I’m staring out the window again.  Not wasting time, no, no no.  I'm...resetting the brain.

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I remember summers as a kid – I would hang upside down off our sticky leather couch and stare up at the ceiling.  In this seemingly awkward position, I would imagine how wonderful it would be if the ceiling was the floor.  How clean and tidy it would be!  Nothing to pick up or trip over - expect for those twirling fans.  I’d stay upside down until the rush of blood to my head would make me woozy or until my mom would find me.

Looking back at this memory, I realize I was probably just giving my mind some transition time.

The window in my music room provides that much needed transition time in my writing process.  Here, I enter the slippery space between feeling the tinge of inspiration and actually opening its creative coffer.  I give myself time to zone out (which is, as I've recently learned, an essential part of the creative process) and forget about the menial tasks of the day and enjoy the view:

Jonathan and I live in an apartment complex in Berry Hill, TN – a small town that is actually right in the heart of busy, bustling Nashville.  I love living here.

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The daily activities outside my window are excellent fodder for the creative spirit, but what’s on the inside of my window is inspiring, too.  My windowsill is one of my favorite spots in my apartment.  Without being too conscious of it, it’s become an assembly of meaningful nick knacks and trinkets.  I’ve made a creative shrine - a concept I first read about in Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” a year or so ago. It’s funny how I came around to making one without even knowing it!

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The Accordion Angel on the right is a gift from my good friend Jen.  It reminds me of the support I have in my friends.

When I first got the succulent plant I almost killed it.  There were but a few specks of green left when, with a little tender care, it started coming back to life.  It reminds me to always hold on to hope.

If you look really closely on the left hand side of the plant, you will see a needle sticking out – this is an acupuncture needle.  This reminds me to not forget about maintaining simple practices for health and vitality.

Next are the dried avocado seeds.  I used to etch patterns into them and try to preserve them as art.  Although I could never achieve the full effect I was going for, these seeds remind me to keep experimenting and dreaming up new ideas.

Then there’s the bicycle.  I think I picked this up at a thrift store.  Years ago I wrote a very whimsical and playful song inspired by this toy.  Now, it reminds me to always keep my playful creativity close to my heart.

Here’s the song if you want to give it a listen.  It’s called “Bicycles Go Woosh!”  (And mind you, it’s only a work track.)

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Do you have a way of resetting your brain before your creative process?  Do you keep meaningful objects close by to inspire you?

Moving and Moving On

Rae Hering

A little over a year ago I was living in an apartment with three other girls.  It was...exactly how you might imagine it would be.  Anyhow, Jonathan, my boyfriend at the time (now fiancé!) told me I would love having my own place.  I didn’t know what he was talking about until I felt it for myself.  Just me and Simon the cat, in our own little spot...

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I began my journey into my new place with a massive 5 week, yard sale-ing extravaganza.  Not everyone's first choice for finding home decor, but for me there was nothing better.  I happened upon this original painting called "Trois Bijoux" by artist Karen Dupre.  Struck by my obvious resemblance to the middle woman, this painting became, over time, the heartbeat of my apartment.  I imagined the woman on the left as my younger, more naive self.  The woman on the right represents the older and wiser self to come.  Here I am now, somewhere in between the two...

I believe that emotional and physical change happen concurrently.  In my case, each time I’ve moved residences has signaled a bigger, deeper change in my life.  Change is, after all, movement. In tai chi philosophy, movement arises from the interaction of two forces, yin-yang.  Yin is internal energy, yang is external energy.  It would make sense that when your heart is moving on, your physical self needs to move with it.

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For me, having an apartment to myself allowed me the creative space I desperately needed.  As a result, I grew a lot as a musician and writer.

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It was my place for uninterrupted work and a refuge for relaxation.  Also, I have to admit that I LOVE having my things exactly, particularly where and how I want them (can anyone relate??)  Hey, there's a time and place for reveling in guilty pleasures.

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Now, I’m moving from being a single lady in my one bedroom apartment to planning a wedding for next May and moving in with my fiancé.  I took these photos as a way of looking back on the phase of life I’m leaving behind.  My first, and now only apartment I will ever have all to myself...

It was glorious.

Goodbye, beautiful apartment.

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