Hello, and welcome back to Collectivitea. How was your Saturday? I want to tell you a little story today. I started writing a blog about 9 years ago. I loved this delving and expressing of my creative side, and it soon become my favorite thing to do. A few years after I started the blog, I published a digital magazine and that was even more fun. Sure, it was hard keeping up with all of it but it was still fun, and I learned many different things. I added podcasts and they became my next favorite thing to do. Couple of years later, I added a marketplace which was a whole new level of complexity. I learned web design and how to run a marketplace. I’d always wanted to bring together art, books, tea, and creative people, and I finally did it. With every new edit, it seemed like the universe was showing me how it would be, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and asking gently, Is this what you want? And every time, the answer kept getting clearer. The one big lesson I learned was to not weigh a project down with my expectations. It’s so easy to say that, and so hard to put into practice. The simplest way is to focus on what you are doing, the baby step in front of you, and then wait to see what unfolds…
Today, let’s think about something in our lives that we are working on- a project, creative venture, whatchamacallit. Now just like we did way back on Day 11 (draw a dream balloon), release all your expectations of this project. That it will do this or that or another thing altogether. The way we are going to do this today is by drawing a balloon, listing our expectations within it, and then imagine letting them all go. Let it go.
We will dream our dreams, refining it as we move forward, fine-tuning it, and adding fun details. We will take the steps that we are guided to. We will celebrate the happiness, commitment, and the courage it took us to show up, and do the work. And then we will see what comes of it all. If anything. In Erich Fromm’s words, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties” and to paraphrase Steve Jobs and a Zen proverb, the journey is the reward. Have a wonderful Sunday and I’ll see you tomorrow!- Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 74 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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