Hello! I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago sharing 7 creative ways to celebrate love. As Valentine’s Day is this week, I thought it would be fun to have another love week with more exercises that center around love but are not limited to the romantic variety. Which makes these creative prompts appropriate for any week of the month, and any month of the year.
- Conversation hearts artwork– Draw conversation hearts (the colorful candies sold during this time, pictured above) in your journal and write loving messages to yourself. Prompts for loving kindness towards oneself have come up in many forms during the past few months of this 365-day creativity challenge and that’s because everything starts with you. Draw bigger hearts if you have longer messages and write what feels relevant to you right now. Show your support for your beautiful self!
- Do something loving towards yourself. This can mean different things to different people. Taking some time to rest. Not being too hard on yourself. Getting an hour of exercise. Taking that long bath. Taking time for yourself. Winding down with music or a book. Journaling. Daydreaming – I am a big believer in the relaxing power of daydreaming! This prompt can also mean letting go of a grudge and forgiving someone. This prompt requests you to do what is loving for you today (and everyday!).
- Photograph what love means to you As I was photographing these pictures, I thought that if I had to pick a photograph to represent love, it would mean my boys. I would love to go back in time to when they were babies and hug their giggling, squirming bodies and just spend hours photographing them. This was before smart phones so photography then meant taking out your camera, something I wasn’t always prompt with.
- Write a love letter to your partner or spouse telling them all the reasons you love them!
- Do something kind and loving for someone without any expectation of acknowledgement or reward.
- Make a list of all the people in your life that you are grateful for. Draw a picture of each one of them. This can be stick figures (that’s how mine are going to look) or if you are more proficient at art, make the drawings as realistic and detailed as you want. Remember the goal is to acknowledge the wonderful people in your life, give thanks for them, and to have fun with the creative prompt, and not worry about skill level.
- List 25 amazing things about you and let’s celebrate you! Details on this can be found here. If you already completed that prompt, well, list 25 more amazing things about you.
As you can see, these prompts can be done any time of the year, and I definitely recommend it any time you want to center your focus on love and gratitude. Have a good one, and I’ll see you later. -Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Days 101-107 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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