Monday, August 12, 2013

52 weeks of art journaling: week 28

This week's prompt: Burnout

How do you deal with burnout, especially if you're a crafty, blogging type of person? Or how do you deal with burnout in your practice, when things stagnate?

If you spend any time observing any group, from bloggers to teachers, to anyone in between, I think it's easy to notice that things tend to cycle through periods of energy and stagnation.

What I'm curious about is what people do when they're feeling that burnout. Do you completely shift your focus and try something new? Do you just take a break? Or do you have a different approach?

For me personally, I think it's a combination of the three, depending on the level of the burnout. When it comes to creativity, sometimes I just need to step back and let it go for a bit, from reading to doing. Eventually I always find my way back.

What I find particularly interesting though, is that I don't tend to go through these cycles alone. It seems like they are collective experiences, that sync with others, depending on who you're attuned with at the moment. I think it would be cosmically amazing if I could attribute them to seasons or phases in the astrological calendar, but so far I haven't managed to find such a pattern. Instead, I find, it just seems to be linked to collective group consciousness, shared between people who are inter-connected, often unbeknownst to them, simply by virtue of sharing similar patterns of thought in their lives (I notice this especially in bloggers when they are inter-connected through the blogs they read, but also in colleagues or friend circles, particularly those with shared overlapping interests).

I don't know about the rest of you out there, but I find this an interesting realization of Jung's collective unconscious at work in our daily lives.


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