Remaining Steadfast To An Idea

I have a theory that it doesn’t really matter what creative path you decide to follow, rather it is the action of following one that is important.

By remaining steadfast to an idea or creative discipline you’ll go on a journey that will open up possibilities and opportunities far beyond what you can see when you take your first steps.

Conversely, if all you ever do is take lots of first steps you will never experience any depth or richness in your creative pursuits.

Is there a project or creative discipline that you could practice remaining steadfast to for at least six months?

Why not try an experiment and see how much deeper you go with your creative endeavour [or meditation practice] if you do.

–Michael Nobbs

Speaking of steadfast–Happy Birthday, Buddha!

During the past 10 days, my family and I traveled to the east side of the Sierras and to Yosemite. On our last night, we backpacked from the Tioga Pass Road to North Dome where we watched the full moon rise over Half Dome.

My last backpacking trip was 10 years ago, in 2002, because in 2003, I was pregnant and in the following years, it’s been easier with a child to camp in our VW van instead of backpack.

But I have a long history of backpacking. It is one activity to which I have truly remained steadfast. When I was 13, on a backpacking trip at San Jacinto mountain near Palm Springs, I first learned about the Pacific Crest Trail which travels the spine of the west coast over 2800 miles from Mexico to Canada. Ten years later, I backpacked the California section, followed by completing Oregon and Washington.

That’s some serious backpacking. That’s quite a journey which started with just a few first steps. That’s what it means to remain steadfast to an idea.

When people remark about the physical fitness required, I tell them it’s a mental accomplishment, not a physical one. It’s hard for them to understand that hiking all day every day for almost six months requires a different kind of fitness.

Now I plan to do the Pacific Crest Trail again, in a couple of years this time with my son–who experienced his first backpack last Saturday night. He loved it. Between now and then, there will be many more backpacking trips as his first steps lead him on this journey.

To see a photo of my son and husband on North Dome with the full moon rising behind them on Half Dome, go to Art Predator where I plan to publish a series of posts about our trip.

Read about a mother and her 7 year old son who are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

Another example of steadfast is the fabric thangka above. If  you live in southern California, consider joining Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo at a workshop at her Ventura studio on Sunday, June 10. Immerse yourself in the sacred silk thangka tradition for an afternoon. Register at Her fascinating story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas.

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