Filling the Well

I’ve moved away from the revision portion of my latest poetry collection now, away from the complete focus that I’ve needed in that last two months to revise. That doesn’t mean that I am moving away from mindfulness. Far from it. I think it needs to be an essential part of what I do and who I am.

For the moment, I am trying to focus on making every moment special and important. It’s easy to fall into patterns in life that are stultifying and make me stale. I’ve always believed, however, that every moment of life can be magical. Each moment can be a part of a larger adventure. The next few weeks, I am going to be focused on writing about how I am making these moments special, as much as I can.

The one that is most on my mind right now is travel. That’s because I’m going to China on Thursday of this week. I’ve never gone there before, and of course, that’s the point. I’m lucky of course, to be doing it. Luckier still because NYU Shanghai is flying me out so I can do a reading for their students and talk to them about the process of writing.

I think that is the best kind of travel. I have friends in Shanghai who have asked me what I want to do while I’m there. What I want is to drift and to experience the place as it’s happening. I want to see how people live and I am grateful that it’s a working trip. How else to experience a place than with working with people who live there toward a larger goal?

I’ll have notes on my trip next week or the week after with all that I’ve done, but I also don’t think that traveling is the only way to achieve this kind of magic in your life. For the next few weeks, I’m going to explore the way I do this with a hope that I find better ways to experience the world.