Hope your weekend is going well! Tomorrow is the New Moon, the last one for this year, so here is a quick new moon creative exercise for Days 46 and 47: make a list of your dreams and goals for 2018. It doesn’t have to be general like a New Year resolution list (eat healthier, exercise more, etc.). Instead, take time to reflect on what your aspirations are for different areas of your life- personal, work, creative, and so on. You may choose one area to focus on or multiple areas. Within each area, start with a broader theme and then work down to details on how you can get started. For example, if you are looking into setting up a regular volunteer practice, you may write down the different options to give back that are available, the time commitment required, and the pros and cons like length of commute, weekday commitment, minimum volunteer time required etc. Our goal is to have the available information on hand and to do so with anticipation, and a sense of fun! You can also create a vision board like we did last month.
Having said that, I have to note that one can never underestimate that powerful force, serendipity! The mystery writer Lawrence Block said, “Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.” And also this, “One aspect of serendipity to bear in mind is that you have to be looking for something in order to find something else.” Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back later! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now into Week 6, Day 46 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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