What better image is there for spontaneity and structure than the birds?
Students often ask me about my practice, about what a day looks like. Last February I posted my Ten Principles for Teaching. This morning I will talk about my Six Principles for Daily Practice.
There is much talk about the muse, about how to get inspired, and not enough about the structure that is required to make a place for her.
People think spontaneity and improvisation, even talent, spring out of nowhere. These qualities rise out of structure and practice. Freedom and play also emerge from structure.
There is too much emphasis on waiting for this "first" kind of Muse, the muse of inspiration. There is not something "out there" that will get us where we need to be.
This has me thinking about the second kind of muse, the one that prepares us for inspiration by providing structure.
Wendell Berry speaks of the second muse as the Muse of Realization…..Read More