A flyer on my husband's desk caught my eye. It read Mojo Gro - organic potting soil. This got me thinking, not about potting soil, but about how to grow your mojo. I've hear of artists losing their mojo and then gaining it back. I wondered, is it possible to grow the elusive mojo before we lose her? How exactly might one approach this concept?
Well, first I guess we better try to define mojo. Looking at the etymology (study of the source and development of words and morphemes) of mojo, it is probably of Creole origin, related to Gullah moco ("witchcraft") and Fula moco'o ("medicine man"). In our context, artists use mojo as a noun meaning "supernatural power of luck".
So, how can we grow some magical power or luck? I thought about some of the things I have grown in my life - flowers, veggies, houseplants (not so well), and a daughter. The plants needed food (water, compost, sunlight), nurturing (nutrients, pulling of weeds), and shelter (from pests, heat and cold). Our daughter required similar elements but in different forms; food (healthy diet), nurturing (guidance, love, books and more books), and shelter (safe home and school).
Let's apply these same ingredients for growth, in creative form, to the wild, elusive artists' mojo. I think we should feed her with stimulating visuals derived from nature, museums, books, magazines, and internet sites. Let's try to vary the mojo's diet depending upon her desires - one day it may be poetry, the next a walk in the woods or city park.
Now comes nurturing. Since mojo seems a bit like our alter ego, maybe we better nurture ourselves along with this mojo creature. I'm thinking exercise, yoga, meditation, positive self-talk, self-care (new clothes, haircut, or maybe just chocolate), and surrounding ourselves with caring, creative friends or family. I see Ms. Mojo is starting to smile and grow.
Finally, the last ingredient is shelter. We need to shelter her from negative energy, criticising-jealous folks, power zappers like too much volunteer work, stress builders, and work or family commitments that aren't really her business. Ms. Mojo looks quite vigorous and healthy at this point.
So, can we grow our mojo? Yes, I think we can. Please, try my recipe for Mojo Grow and see how it works for you!
Wishing you a productive, Mojo-Growing day,