Today I sent the second installment of my article series to SGL BookLovers. I titled it Six Hours of Springtime. The article is about the Chinese medicine concept of the daily seasons. The idea is that there are four seasons within one day just as there are in a year and, in order to create balance in ones life, one should carry out there their daily activities according to the flow of the seasonal energy.
For example, spring is from 3:00AM to 9:00am. One should do any creative,artistic or physical exercises during this time. Summer is from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. One should do what I call practical productivity, or work, at this time. Fall is from 3:00PM to 9:00PM. One should do relaxing, leisurely and preparatory things at this time. Winter is from 9:00PM to 3:00AM. One should revitalize and rejuvenate, in other words sleep, at this time.
For a writer, or any creative person, the springtime is clearly the best time to write, or what have you, and reading is best done in the fall. The idea is that you fine-tune your focus and creativity if you plan your day according to these ''seasonal'' energy Fields. For example, a writer would write during the spring, promote and/or conduct business affairs during the summer, read and dialogue with readers during the fall and sleep to revitalize his creative juices during the winter.
The article went into more detail about the daily seasons than I will go into here. I also talked about another natural cycle, the moon's waxing and waning cycles as it relates to writing and creativity. I wanted to introduce people to ideas they may not have thought about to help them, like I said earlier, fine-tune their creativity and focus. Working with these subtle energy flows, instead of against it, can make a big difference in the quality of a writer's work and his or her life in general.