Background: Welcome! We are now into Week 6, Day 42 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
On my last visit to India, I bought a few miniature-style paintings on thick paper and card stock. There is no mention of the artist on the paintings that I can see, and the store that stocked them didn’t know who the artists were either. Two of the paintings are of what looks like the same Maharaja with an ornate jeweled turban – only the colors of the turban vary. I googled to see if I could find more information on who the king (if he is one) is, but drew a blank. The painting of the Maharaja with his quirky and dazed expression just begs for a story and for Day 42, let’s write a short story (or long) about the Maharaja and his jeweled turban. Again, just let your imagination guide you! If you are looking for help with writing the story, here are Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 tips. Have a wonderful day! -Priya
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