Every year The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids gives a scholarship for original research into Druidry and related subjects. This year’s recipient of the Mount Haemus Award is Dr Dana Driscoll, whose contribution can be read here. In this evening’s ‘Tea with a Druid’ I focus on one of her key findings – that the Order’s promotion of creative expression, through Eisteddfodau, differs significantly from the traditional approach where the stress is on the final ‘product’ – the performance and its excellence. Instead we focus on the joys and benefits of ‘trying’ rather than ‘accomplishing’: on the process rather than the product.
This idea can be applied to many other areas of life: by removing the competitive, perfectionist impulse, we can encourage creative expression within each of us, and revel in the ‘Now’ rather than the ‘Maybe in the Future’.
This reminds me of the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicot who proposed the idea of the ‘Good Enough Parent’. By accepting that we can be ‘good enough’ rather than trying to be ‘the best’ or ‘perfect’, we become more contented, more human as opposed to driven, and perhaps even better parents. What if we apply this idea to our spiritual lives? Let’s have a ‘Good Enough Meditation’, in which we accept whatever we are experiencing, instead of wishing it was better!