I love being in the zone. I find it highly addictive and very enjoyable. Just lovely.
I'm in the zone whenever I'm concentrating so hard that the rest of the world doesn’t exist. I'm totally fixated on the task and thoughts at hand.
I wish it was easier to get there, though. I can’t just switch it on, unfortunately. I would love to be able to do that, but honestly, I can’t.
I need time to settle in a place. This is one reason I love to stay in the same place and travel slowly. Wander. Take it all in.
I start to connect slowly. My sense of place to our country comes slowly. It builds, usually through practise and letting go. Worries fade and the connection grows.
I find that by working creatively in a place, my connection with it grows. I start to see more and clearer. I look deeper and start to feel more.
Getting into my zone means being more connected with my emotions. It’s a process of clearing away the distractions.
It’s when I'm in that zone that my best work flows and if it doesn’t, well, it doesn’t matter. Being in that state is so pleasurable and is even more so when you let go of the outcome.
I think it’s worth reflecting on when you are in your zone. Remember what it feels like. Ask yourself what happened to get you there. Look for complex answers. Then make that your goal for creative pursuits.
Moon over the Flinders Ranges. Photograph and text copyright © Len Metcalf 2018
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