Background: Welcome! We are now into Week 6, Day 41 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
I heard about the term ‘third place’ for the first time today, and I’m surprised that I haven’t heard about it before. The term was coined by Ray Oldenburg who wrote about it in his book The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts and How They Get You Through the Day. The ‘first place’ is home, and the ‘second place’ is the workplace. The third place is the place we frequent to hang out, socialize, and mingle with our community. (click here for the Wikipedia link to an explanation of the ‘third place‘). I wasn’t able to locate Oldenburg’s book in my library and am still waiting to get my hands on a copy, but from the reviews the book appears to talk about how the creating suburbs has resulted in our being isolated from each other. and therefore, a more disconnected society.
Places for religious gatherings, coffee shops, tea parlors (though we don’t have as many of these as we should!), and bookstores can function as third places. I don’t think I have a third place unless you consider the internet as one (and it may well be our new third place). I have to admit to being nostalgic for a physical ‘third place’ even though I am an introvert and usually find social gatherings of more than 2-3 people exhausting. It’s more the idea of having a place where “everybody knows your name” (Cheers), and is accepting of you. Do you have a third place? For Day 41 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, write 10 sentences on your third place, where it is, and why you like going there. Draw picture of it to accompany your description. Don’t have a third place? You can get even more creative! Imagine what your ideal ‘third place’ looks like; write about, and draw a picture of this place.
My Day 41 prompt: For a very long time, this blog and the idea behind it has been a virtual third place for me. A place for meeting and creating a community of people with similar interests. But I’ve always imagined (and probably heavily idealized) a small teashop + book store, complete with book and poetry readings, bookclub meetings, live music, and the most lovely petite pastries. Where a writer or two shows up every day to work on their book. Or a couple comes in from the rain, to hold hands around a shared pot of tea. It’s a dream place and though I don’t see myself going into business as a tea shop owner, it still has a most powerful allure. It’s what I’d like this blog to be- a place where I (and you) can hangout, and fill ourselves everyday with a beautiful thought or two. The third place- what a lovely idea! – Priya
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