Thus far, May has been an emotionally and spiritually challenging month for me. On May 1, I observed the anniversary of my husband’s death, May 10 would have been my late grandmother’s 86th birthday, I was working on my solo art show, some of my relationships were in flux and I was feeling overwhelmed. It wasn’t so much that those dates hit me any harder than they have before, I just wanted to be alone in my ‘cave’. I wanted some quiet Ejay time, so I disconnected – well, as much as one can in this ‘always connected’ world we inhabit.
I deactivated my FB page and turned off my phone for a while, no blogging, no email, no Internet – just Being. Thanks to the wonders of the DVR, I watched a lot of really valuable programming on Oprah’s network that I had missed. I got caught up on her ‘Master Class’ series and got great lessons from Grant Hill and Ted Turner, among others. I watched the entire ‘Lifeclass’ series and had some major aha moments. Over the next few days, I cried. I meditated. I wrote in my journal, I gave thanks, I wrote to my husband, I cried some more. Can you say cathartic? I needed that time to myself.
I find that whenever I hide out in my cave, my creativity increases at least tenfold. I got some very cool ideas for new artwork, I wrote some powerful spiritual pieces and just recharged my battery. I was a cave-dweller for about 10 days or so and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.
We all need that quiet cave time every once in a while. There’s value in the cave, friends. That’s where your great ideas live. That’s where the answers to some of your ‘WTF?’ questions are (lol). Take some cave time whenever you get a chance. You deserve it. If you open yourself up to it, you might be surprised at what you uncover about You.