Tools & Talismans #37 — Tracey Clark

I begin my weekdays with a simple ritual as a way to mark my work time as sacred. I gather my creative tools & talismans of inspiration; my favorite mug of hot tea, my gratitude journal, a pencil (always a pencil—pen feels too permanent), a bud from my rose bush in my favorite vase, and a collection of natural elements like feathers and rocks. My favorite is the heart shaped rose quartz that my mother gave me. I light a candle (my favorite is a Himalayan salt candle) and begin writing a list of what I’m grateful for. I write until the page is full. I do a little deep breathing and intention setting and then move my little table vignette to whatever table my laptop is at and begin my work. I find that this practice calibrates my head and my heart so that I can be both productive and receptive to whatever inspiration might come.

Tracey Clark, writer, photographer, seeker of light, believer in magic.


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