Several articles about the relationship we have with our minds drew my attention this week.
1. Sion Dayson, who some of you will remember from her “Getting Unstuck” workshop here, wrote a beautiful piece about her stay at Kerouac House.
“My writing practice, so fraught and strained, needed to reconnect with play. It’s a requirement for creativity, and an antidote to doubt when facing down the page.”
“I learned it’s completely fine to try and fail, to put yourself out there and not be perfect, to say hello to someone and have them not instantly love you, to create something and have people judge you.”
3. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways people (including me) avoid being in tune with their deeper selves. According to a study reported in The Atlantic, apparently we humans are so afraid of introspection we’d rather inflict physical pain on ourselves.
“In the most, ahem, shocking study, subjects were wired up and given the chance to shock themselves during the thinking period if they desired. They’d all had a chance to try out the device to see how painful it was. And yet, even among those who said they would pay money not to feel the shock again, a quarter of the women and two thirds of the men gave themselves a zap when left with their own thoughts. (One outlier pressed the button 190 times in the 15 minutes.)”