Welcome to episode two of the Cocoon Work podcast! Here we are again! If you haven’t listened to episode one, be sure to do that after you listen to this one.
Today’s episode is called The Art of Spontaneity. I did something spontaneous recently and I felt more alive, more excited and more joyful than I have in a long time. A few weeks ago I was visiting family in New York City, and while I was there I was texting with one of my friends who recently moved to Saint Martin. Her move to the island was also a bit spontaneous. So she and I were texting and we decided that rather than going back home to Los Angeles, I would stop over to visit her in Saint Martin. While I was there, there was a sense of freedom, of no expectation, that allowed me to be present there, to enjoy my time with my friend. This trip got me thinking about the joy and the art of spontaneity.
The past year and a half has lacked spontaneity and the sense of freedom that comes with being spontaneous. I got to thinking about how beneficial spontaneity is and the joy that comes with it.
If spontaneity were a seasoning, it would be a mix of three key ingredients.
The first ingredient is… flexibility. The nature of spontaneity is openness, it’s happening in real time. Because we have little to no plans, we aren’t clinging to anything. We are unattached. We haven’t had time to dream up an idea of a specific outcome, we are more prone to going with the flow. We are open and flexible. The sense of being open to possibilities and to being in flow is expansive and feels really good. Feeling flexible feels so much better than being tight. We have more opportunities to move, more freedom. Being spontaneous encourages us to stretch our flexibility muscles and to open ourselves.
Time for ingredient number two. It’s… creativity. Because spontaneity is naturally opening, it feeds our creative spirit and creative brain. It leaves lots of space for creativity. It’s this forward feeding cycle of openness and creativity.
Maya Angelou has a quote about this:
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Being spontaneous jolts us into creativity. This infuses our lives with creativity in various ways. I believe that humans are here to create, it’s a part of us, it’s in our makeup. Creating is natural for us, we feel good when we do it.
Side note: Cocoon Work (the course) is a product of spontaneous creativity. I came up with the term randomly on a walk and that spurred the creation of the mini course, which has in turn created this podcast. Yay!
When we are spontaneous, we are flexible, we are a channel for creativity and we are wide open to more…joy. This is ingredient number three. We shine more brightly when we are spontaneous. When we are in the space of nonattachment, we can more easily be in the space of joy. We are more present, we are in the moment. When you are acting spontaneously, things are in high definition because of how present you are. Because being spontaneous feels so good, it inspires more spontaneous action.
Spontaneity is like giving yourself a surprise gift. There is purity in it. There’s this pure sense of joy and alertness and it’s fun. So let’s surprise ourselves!
I’ll leave you with this quote from Jane Austen in her novel, Emma:
Why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
Thank you for joining me today. I will see you back here soon. Have a lovely day and remember to inject your life with spontaneity!
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