On Myth & Moor, artist and writer Terri Windling relates that she once asked a friend how to attract frogs to her little pond. Her friend told her to simply create a favorable environment for them (clearing out the weeds, etc.), and they would come – albeit on their own time. And she waited and waited, getting frustrated, but after at least a year, the frogs finally showed up.
“I believe it’s the same with creativity. Feel dry, uncertain, empty of ideas? Then create the proper environment: a space you can work in, the right tools at hand, and good work habits, regular and steady. Inspiration will come. Be patient, and it will come.”
And so it goes for spiritual practice. As I’ve said before, you have to make a space for the magic to happen. This goes back to what I was saying recently about being aware of omens, and having enough time in silence for other voices to emerge. It is really easy, especially when you’re not feeling very connected, to start drowning yourself in distraction and mundanity, because that lack of connection is so uncomfortable. But doing so chokes your pond with weeds, so to speak, so there’s no room for that which you wanted in the first place.
It seems so obvious, but I can say from experience that it is remarkably easy to slip back into this pattern over and over again. The best thing you can do is to learn to recognize it, and stop it before it becomes worse. Start by feeding yourself on that which inspires you, rather than meaningless distractions. Do the work, make the effort, create the opportunity for connection, and then let go of it and see what happens. Erase your expectations, and make room for something new and different. It’s amazing how well this works.