Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron

I’m not home much these days. I spend most of my spare time in Norwalk, dropping off a friend to work at 6:30 am and then waiting until 3pm when he’s ready to go to his doctor appointments.

By 6:40 am, I’m usually next to a Starbucks. In the car, I chant my 11 minutes of Kundalini yoga meditation and then wrap my tefillin and daven shacharit in the parking lot, standing towards the rising sun.

I have breakfast of a couple of hard-boiled eggs and a Balance bar and a piece of fruit. Then I chew gum for a few minutes and walk into the Starbucks and order my first iced-tea Passion with two Splendas.

The staff know my name and my order.

My first drink of the day costs me $2.10 and then refills are only 50c. I usually get three.

Following the directions of Julia Cameron, I write out in long-hand three pages of what is on my mind. Here’s an excerpt from today:

I walked under the gum trees and smelt Australia. I stopped, turned off the concrete sidewalk, and went directly under the four trees, looking for fresh eucalyptus leaves.

I found one that was still a bit green and I crushed it in my fingers and then brought it to my nose and smelled the land down under. I closed my eyes and waxed sentimental.

The pale bark of the trunk lured me and I walked over and caressed it. Then looking around to make no one was watching, I embraced the tree.

I used to do that a lot when I was shomer negiyah.

With my crumpled eucalyptus leaf in my hand, I read Rabbi Hayim H. Donin’s To Pray as a Jew and then Richard Ellmann’s magnificent biography of James Joyce — the best literary biography of the century according to Anthony Burgess.

I make some blog posts via my Blackberry on YourMoralLeader.Blogspot.com.

At noon, I drive back to the office complex and park in the shade. I eat lunch — three granola bars with spoonfulls of peanut butter — while listening to KPCC.

Then I find a cool piece of concrete to nap on — my head on top of Ellmann’s book — and then after 40 minutes, I’m off to the Norwalk County Library to read about "Nabokov in America."

I take my time with the Lolita chapters.

It’s 2:30 pm. Time to head back for one more quick nap and then the long drive home.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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