Today, the 14th of January is celebrated in the Indian Hindu tradition as the harvest festival, as a way to mark the end of winter and the northerly movement of the sun, and as a reawakening of the gods. There are feasts to celebrate the bountiful harvest of rice and crops, and there are kite festivals. While I am not completely clear on the reason behind the kite flying, I’ve read that kites are flown as a symbol of happiness, a celebration of the change in seasons, and a way to reach the skies (and the gods) for their blessings. As a young child growing up in Mumbai, India, I remember standing on the terraced roof of our apartment building and watching the brightly colored paper kites dancing sinuously in the sky, its ever-strengthening pull as it sought to escape into the wind, and the excited calls of both children and adults as they tried to get their kite to fly as high as it could. I have heard about the small pieces of colored glass that are glued on the string close to the kite to enable kite fliers to cut competitors’ kites, and win kite flying contests.
Let’s draw a kite today, or many kites. Let’s fill the sky with colorful kites, and as per usual, the sentiment that resonated most is that the kites are a way of reaching infinity, and beyond. The kites I drew were all the diamond-shaped paper kites made with a special, colored, lightweight, crackling paper that I am familiar with from my childhood but you don’t have to restrict yourself. Draw the so-called 3D kites that we see in stores these days or make some up from your imagination. It’s amazing what a few minutes of doing something so light-hearted can do for you. Not only is it relaxing. it’s also a way for us to stop worrying at life- how do we do this or that? And how’s that going to work out? I don’t know. What should I do? etc. etc.- and focus on just being present. Have a wonderful week! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 75 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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