10-minute Meditation Exercise (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 14)

365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Meditation /Day 14/ 365-Day Creativity Challenge/ CollectiviteaLast day of Week 2, and only 50 more weeks to go!  Because Day 14 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge is the last day of this week, I thought we could do something a little different from the usual drawing or writing prompts. For today’s prompt, let’s try a 10-minute meditation exercise. There is growing research to show that meditation benefits us in many ways-  by helping us relax, manage our stress, bringing more mindfulness to our day and focus to the work we do, by boosting our creativity, as well as a host of other long-term health benefits. There are many guided meditation apps (e.g. Headspace) that you can use or you can use the one at this link (scroll down for the meditation steps). Whatever meditation practice you use, choose to do it for at least 10 minutes today.

Starting tomorrow, Week 3, we’ll ease into more themed creative exercises that I hope you’ll enjoy. Thank you for being part of this journey and I’ll see you tomorrow. To share how you are interpreting these creative prompts or following the challenge, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya

Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 14 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here!  I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’  or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see  a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya

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