Day 11 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge prompt is to draw a balloon on a string. I know for many people balloons immediately bring to mind the gorgeous image of the house from the movie Up, floating away into the sky. For today’s creative exercise, I am drawing one balloon on a string. Within that balloon, I write out, as succinctly as possible, a dream that I’d like to see come to fruition. A loving relationship. Maybe it is writing a book. Maybe it’s getting it published. Now imagine the dream balloon floating away into the sky as the string is released. I am sending my dream balloon (and dream) to the universe. It’s similar to the thought behind the tradition of wish lanterns of sending hopes and dreams into the sky. This exercise helps me get clear on what I want to work on. It also helps me release expectations and limitations that I may attach to the dream. Dream. Show up (to write that book, to be a loving partner, etc.). And then let it take its own shape. As Paulo Coelho said, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. Have a wonderful Sunday! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 11 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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