Creative Constancy

We cannot stop the world from moving, but we can create a respite for ourselves where we can find ourselves and be ourselves.

Street Art photographed by Robert Van Valkenburgh (artist unknown)

Change is inevitable, but we all need a constant. We need to feel grounded or rooted in something. We need to know that there is meaningful, purposeful work that belongs to us, that evolves with us, and that stays with us, regardless of how the world changes or how we change. This is where our creative work comes in.

If we dedicate some piece of time every single day, no matter what and no matter how how brief, to nourishing and nurturing our creativity, we will always have something that is ours. We will always have something that is constant and through which we can find harmony between our internal life and the external world.

Whether it is art, music, writing, poetry, cooking, or even martial arts, the medium doesn’t matter. What matters is consistency. What matters is that we allow that which is inside of us to become real.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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