Category Archives: Creative Snacks

Weekly Themes

I’m having a bit of fun as I experiment with using themes for my week. My thought is to organize my yoga classes, my personal creative practice and my daily living around a main idea. It has been an interesting experiment so far. July 10th our theme was Curiosity. What do you want to know or understand? Ask questions, compare and contrast issues, see the world from another’s point of view. Be an observer.

July 17th we practiced calling in Joy. This one was a little trickier. One evening, I was told the yoga class I taught was “hard.” I suggested the joy may come from it being “over” for the night. We had a good laugh. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. It is a matter of perspective. At times, my joy is derived from the nonsense of whatever I’m doing being over. Other times, it comes from the activity itself. A breath, an exquisitely drawn line, the color pink, whispers, a fabulous sunset, managing a stressful situation or person, all bring me joy.

This week we are working on Grace. Can you allow a bit of grace to flow to those who irritate you? How about those that light you up? Can you send a thought of grace to yourself? How well do you accept where you are today? Your best today may be different from your best yesterday or different from someone else’s best. Is that a problem? Can you find the grace?

Next week I’ll be playing with Freedom. Seems like some interesting feelings could come up. Until we meet again.

Go Creatively Onward,
Julie

Creative Snacks #3

Here’s another tidbit to inspire your creativity. Grab your goodies and get situated. Let’s play.

  1. Commit to trying it, as an experiment.
  2. Gather a small journal (6″x4″; 5.5″ x 8.5″) or notebook and a pencil.
  3. Set up your space, in your home, in your car or at the park just make a place.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Notice how your mind feels right now.
  6. Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  7. Notice how your body feels. Is there tension?
  8. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  9. Think of your ideal day. What would you do? Where would you go? What colors do you see? What smells are there? Are you inside or outside? Do you share your day with anyone?
  10. Start writing. Describe your ideal day even if it is silly and far-fetched.
  11. Stop when the timer sounds.
  12. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  13. Notice how your mind feels now.
  14. Put it away without judgment. It is the process we are focused on, not the product.
  15. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for playing.
  16. Optional – ask yourself what would have to happen for that ideal day to take place?

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Creative Snacks #2

Here’s another tidbit to inspire your creativity. Grab your goodies and get situated. Let’s play.

  1. Commit to trying it, as an experiment.
  2. Gather a small journal (6″x4″; 5.5″ x 8.5″) or notebook and a pencil.
  3. Set up your space, in your home, in your car or at the park just make a place.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Notice how your mind feels right now.
  6. Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  7. Notice how your body feels. Is there tension?
  8. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  9. Begin by writing 5 words that describe you. Go fast.                           No over thinking. Fill the page.
  10. Use markers to add color to your page and decorate your words.
  11. Stop when the timer sounds.
  12. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  13. Notice how your mind feels now.
  14. Put it away without judgment. It is the process we are focused on, not the product.
  15. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for playing.
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Above is a peak at my page. Have fun and keep creating.

Stay tuned for more Creative Snacks. There’s even a workshop coming soon! Check back for details.

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Creative Snacks

A dear friend of mine teaches a workshop about meditation “snacks.” These are short teachings of ways to relax, breathe and go within for short periods of time. It’s a great way to begin a meditation practice or if you are pressed for time to squeeze one in.

I was thinking of my friend today, of her meditation snacks. I started to wonder, could this work for encouraging creativity? This question kept flickering in my mind. Yes, I believe it can. See what you think. Will you join me?

  1. Commit to trying it, as an experiment.
  2. Gather a small journal (6″x4″; 5.5″ x 8.5″) or notebook and a pencil.
  3. Set up your space, in your home, in your car or at the park just make a place.
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Notice how your mind feels right now.
  6. Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  7. Notice how your body feels. Is there tension?
  8. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  9. Begin by writing your name repetitively until you fill the page.
  10. Use your pencil to shade in the spaces around the lines that make your name (or use colored pencils/markers).
  11. Stop when the timer sounds.
  12. Take another deep breath in and slowly let it out.
  13. Notice how your mind feels now.
  14. Put it away without judgment. It is the process we are focused on, not the product.
  15. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for experimenting.

That’s all. Seems so easy doesn’t? So why don’t we do it? That’s a post for another time, I feel. Stay tuned for more Creative Snacks. There’s even a workshop coming soon! Check back for details.

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