Week 2, Day 9 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge! Day 9’s prompt is a favorite that I imagine and visualize every time I sit with a cup of tea. Once upon a tea time – a more magical set of words does not exist! Many of us have retained the romance of tea time- a time when ‘doing’ is suspended. A time for just ‘being’. We associate it with time spent with family or enjoying solitude. A time for giving ourselves permission to relax and recharge. For Day 9’s prompt, brew yourself a cup of tea. Spend a few moments observing the gently rising plumes of steam. Maybe some of them hang like clouds before disappearing. Imagine that each of those clouds is carrying something from the day that you don’t want to keep. Maybe it’s weariness. Anxiety. Disappointment. Loneliness. Fear. As the steam rises over this cup of tea, it takes away these feelings that may have been present in our day. What remains? Hope. Courage. Optimism. A sense of peace.
Go For It: Imagine and draw a teacup on your journal page. Add those words to your cup that evoke feelings you want to keep- joy, contentment, peace, hope, love. Use the words that resonate most with you.
My Day 9 Prompt: The drawing is a work in progress. I will update this once I have the chance to take a picture as I usually work on it at night and Wednesdays and Thursdays are my busiest days. Much like the gratitude journal, I feel a real sense of having shown up to something I have committed to. In addition, imagining these prompts and carrying them out leaves me with a sense of having dealt with what the day has brought, the good and the bad. For the last 9 years, tea time, for me, has been associated with creativity and this has been one of my favorite prompts.
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
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 9 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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