Day 52 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge! It’s Friday evening, and we are bang in the middle of the holiday season. The next 10 days stretch out like a glorious interlude of quiet. At least my holiday is going to be a quiet one with lots of books, movies, and family time. However you are spending the next 10 days, I hope there is plenty of all that you love! Regarding the 365 day creative exercise, feel free to take a digital break and come back after the holidays- these will still be here, and you can pick up where you left off.
For Day 52, the creative prompt is to express in art form what the word ‘abundance’ means to you. Abundance means there is more than enough for all of us, and in addition, more for me does not mean less for you. Think of what (or who) is in abundance in your life and express that in the form of an artwork. How does the word resonate with you? What does it immediately bring to mind? For me, I never feel more abundant than when I am at the public library. Abundance in the form of books on every imaginable subject, and some that I wouldn’t have even dreamed of. But also abundance in the form of so many ideas and thoughts that coax us out of one limited perspective. I started off my vacation today with a morning spent at the local library, and for the first half hour, it was enough to be there. An abundance of time was the first sign I was on vacation, and followed by the sheer joy of picking bags of books to bring home. Choice and abundance again. That’s what the word means to me. If I were to express that in an art form, it would be with photographs or drawings of piles of books with intriguing titles or a library with tall shelves groaning under the weight of so many books. For some, abundance would be the availability of vast expanses of time or the support of family and friends, the love of a pet, or their creativity. These are just some examples and what makes us feel abundant varies from person to person. So reflect on what it means to you, and express it in your artwork. Have fun with it and I’ll see you tomorrow! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 52 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. Have a wonderful day! 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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