The Blessed Unrest

 

As a writer, what I express to the world is a natural part of my very being.  The title for Sarah Bareille’s latest album called “The Blessed Unrest” brings to mind the internal struggle that creativity can bring to an artist. Martha Graham talks of how each one of us has a life force; this expression of life is unique to only you. If we block who we really are then the world loses out on that special expression of life. I really love this quote, because just keeping the creative channels open to be who you are authentically is more than enough to be meaningful. There is a beautiful liberation that comes when you cease to judge your efforts, to keep the channel open, and to accept that divine unrest that comes with never being satisfied…a constant quest.

 

The Blessed Unrest: A Quote by Martha Graham to Agnes Demille

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.

It is not yours to determine how good it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep open and aware directly
to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.

No artist is ever pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.

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