creative intention and attention

Creative intention and attention was the theme that kept rising in my creative work this week and it was the theme of one of our creative flow practices, and led to some great creative quotes, including these two favorites from Regina and Mala, respectively: “Let intention lead the way” and “Intention guides attention”.

My own thoughts centered around how, in the world of creative debate, a conflict can be set up. On the one hand, the binary argument tells us, we have those who promote mindfulness and awareness of the present moment as being the best way to go creative. On the other, those who promote creative intention and working towards goals and outcomes as the way to go.

The truth, as so often with creativity, is that it is not either-or but both together.

When both creative attention and intention are ignited together we love where we are while we go where we want to go. We put our intention out there, as something we want to create for our future, while today we do the work that takes us towards it, fully living each moment of that work, with full engagement and full enjoyment.

That’s the creative way: integration.

We explored in our f-r-e-e-writing what happens when the balance slips and I reminded myself of how to keep from teetering.

Creative Intention and Attention: Accomplishments week 23

In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. creative intention and attentionWhat’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Maximizer(who promotes).

This week, my intentions, as outlined in the Facebook group, were as follows

MAKER: Edit the ALLi member magazine and upload an exclusive poem (about a trip to Lisbon with my old schoolfriends) to Patreon. MANAGER: New invoicing system, wot larks!  MAXIMIZER: seeking poetry patrons.

Here’s what I actually achieved

MAKER: I did work on the poem. Each year four or five of my old schoolfriends and I take a city break together and this year we went to Lisbon.

I love Portugal and spent every summer there when my children were young, but I hadn’t been for a long time. I found the passage of time, the lives of women, and the ongoing flow of the Tagus river gave me a poem–and some pictures. See the featured image above and more on Instagram.

The poem will be exclusive to my poetry patrons on Patreon for three months before I share it here. But here’s a sneak peek:

Tagus: A River in Time
To us, as we drew your lines on
schoolgirl maps, you were Tay-Gus,
hard g. Your own lands named you
Tajo in Spain (Tai-cho), in Portuguese,
Taj-oossh. In that tongue, all
sounds so soft and indistinct.
You flow through our mouths, multicoloured.
On your banks these days cruise ships dock
in stops along the bay from Santa Apolónia
to Alcântara. Pink flamingos and dolphins
play in waters shallow and deep, and
tourists slinging phone cameras come 
to capture the castle, the sea, and the sun.
I am one…

I’m also producing huge amounts of web copy, as website work continues. The Self-Publishing Advice Center got across the line, though we’re still tweaking and improving.

MANAGER: My new invoicing system and bank account are almost talking to each other. Though I’m not sure if I’m speaking to either of them (not easy, but DONE)

MAXIMIZER: Growing and exploring poetry’s expanding potential and taking in new patrons, as we build to this week’s online open mic. This week, I’m delighted to welcome Elizabeth Ducie and Danie Botha. “How to Self-Publishing Poetry Books and the Open Mic” is now going to be part of the ALLi’s podcast.

What about you, how was your creative week? What did you produce, process or promote in your creative business?