Write A Love Letter To Yourself (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 69)

365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Monday, January 8th, 2018

Write A Love Letter To Yourself/ Collectivitea

Day 69, write a love letter to yourself. I was going to post a drawing prompt today, but a few days ago I saw a quote on Pinterest asking the question, ” what if we obsessed over all the good in us”? Those weren’t the exact words but you get the idea. The words struck a chord because we always seem to know what we suck at, or how we could’ve done better. We focus on all the things we need to fix about ourselves. The messages we receive from the world culture is one of constant lack- how we all need something to make us better. Cooler clothes and accessories. Better looks. Some device or the other. For today’s creative exercise, let’s take the time to write a letter expressing our love for ourselves. List out all the awesome things about you. Focus on all your goodness. Take time out to ponder on all the qualities that make you, you.  Start with the words Dear (address yourself), I love you and let the words flow. My note started something like this,

Dear Priya, I love you. Forgive me for not saying this often enough. I love that you are kind. I love your resilience. But most of all I love that you’ve recognized the need for clear emotional boundaries. There has been so much learning these last few years, and I am full of awe at how much you’ve grown. The universe sends us the lessons we need to learn, but we need to show up for the learning. You showed up, and I am so proud of you.  …

Your turn! What will you write to yourself? Write it quickly, and with love. After all, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”. I am not totally sure who said this, but they resonate deeply with me. -Priya


Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 69 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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