The trick she said is keeping
the table empty enough
for God, whether you expect him for lunch or not.
-from “On Being Asked Have you ever written about Jacqui’s paintings?” by Lance Larsen, which appears in In All Their Animal Brilliance.
I love this little tidbit from one of Lance’s poems. It speaks to me deeply about the yearning for inspiration in my writing. It’s such a dance, keeping my mind empty and loose so that I can make an artist’s connections, while still keeping discipline in my life and work. The trick is to know what stage I’m at in creation, and which attitude to put myself in. The yoga and meditation is helping me be more receptive in my life in general. I see the fact that yoga came into my life at this time as one of God’s tender mercies. I can’t imagine how I’d be coping with this illness (yes, it still continues) without it.
BTW, I got a personalized rejection today, inviting future queries. Worth celebrating, no?