It’s Day 50 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge and while it’s always a pleasure to be here, I think we can safely say that we are at that part of the challenge where I am thinking about taking a day off! ( But we will persevere!) December 21st is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. This time last year my family and I were at Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, the prehistoric structure which may have been built to follow the movements of the sun. Wherever in the world we are on Dec 21st, and depending on the hemisphere. celebrating winter or summer solstice, for Day 50 of the creativity challenge, let’s make a collage in honor of this yearly natural tradition. Use magazine clippings, craft paper, or whatever material you have on hand or that which resonates with you to create what the solstice represents for you. Does it make you happy because it signals the beginning of the gradual lengthening of days? The beginning of the return towards warmer weather. I, on the contrary, look forward to the gradual shortening of the days after the summer solstice because it means cooler weather, and a nature-sanctioned nesting. Use your feelings as a guide to create an art collage. As always, take your time and enjoy the process of creating. A very happy solstice to you! I will be enjoying it with a seat by the window and a hot cup of tea. – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 50 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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