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Rainy Day.. (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 64)

Rainy Day/ Creative Prompt/ Collectivitea

Rainy Day/ Creative Prompt/ CollectiviteaThe rain is finally here in our corner of Northern California. I love the rain, and wait for it the entire year. Words like pluviophile, pertichor, mizzle or drizzle are like poetry to me. It’s not just that its raining, and the dry season is finally over. It’s the romance of a rainy day- the beautiful light, the heavy clouds, the glistening sidewalk, the plop of water drops into puddles- I can go on! I am reminded of sitting in warm coffee shops while it’s raining outside or being at home with a cup of tea and a book while a thunderstorm rages outside. Some cities immediately come to mind when you think of rain and it becomes part of the romantic mystique of the city. Rain in the summer, and the lushness of it. Rain in the winter, and the moodiness of it. You get the idea! For Day 64, the creative exercise is a writing prompt that starts with the words “It was a rainy day…” or you can use Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s (also Snoopy’s!) infamous  “It was a dark and stormy night… If you’d rather draw, use the words to inspire your art, basing it on how the rainy weather resonates with you. I am off to brew a cup of tea, and read a book, while the sound of heavy rainfall forms a lovely backdrop. See you tomorrow!   – Priya


Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 64 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. 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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