Deciding is the first step in any creative process. By deciding to make kombucha, I also decide not to make (at least in that moment) beer, sake, wine, mead, cider, etc.
So the first batch/draft is made. Now what?
That four-letter word is why I wrote these kombucha posts. Waiting is what gives your creations flavor and maturity. I used to really, really struggle with waiting. (Now, I can use just one 'really.' Hey, it's progress.) When I started fermenting things I finally understood how essential waiting is to making things that are robust, rather than weak and watery. So after your first round of making something:
* Put it away. Step aside.
* Live your life and tend to other things.
* Resist the temptation to peek and meddle.
* Rest in the knowledge that transformation is allowed, not forced.
* Chuckle at the irony that you, and your perceptions, are changing while you wait.
Conscious waiting is not idle. It is a very active state of mind, and state of mastery, that rounds out the body of your creation, while also mellowing its creator.
Adopting a fermenter's mindset, and applying it to your writing, will help you relax and be at-ease with your creative gaps. Do you really want to crank out vats of uninteresting, non-nourishing kool-aid? There's plenty of sugar-water already flowing in the world. Take your time with what you pour. Choose savory.
4/10/2013 11:34:20 pm
Who knew kombucha-brewing could lead to so much poetry. You have an amazing way with words, Erika – because you have an amazing way with musing and pondering. This post makes me happy.
4/11/2013 05:41:27 am
That means *a lot* coming from you, Grace. Thank you :-) http://www.consciousblogging.com makes me happy!
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