For almost two years, a quick writing exercise has helped me excavate my hidden truths, clarify my wants, increase my patience and listen intently to my inner voice rather than distractions around me.
This exercise is VERY simple. If it takes more than 10 minutes of UFTAE (Uninterrupted Focused Time And Attention) then stop over thinking it and just write the first thing that comes to mind….even if it’s jibberish. My advise is to pick a specific time each time you write and use the same journal. Complete the sentence provided below in long hand. Be sure to write the FULL sentence – at least twelve times. By writing the ENTIRE sentence you give yourself enough time to process what to express next.
This week’s topic…creativity.
When we stifle our emotions, we stumble, overanalyze, criticize, and ultimately cause internal suffering no doctor could ever diagnose. Being present with our feelings, on the other hand opens doors to unexpected, unpredictable and often uninvited results. Facing our emotions grants permission to release them, to become “unstuck” and let go of the binds that strangle our voice. Emotions, you see are our energy source for creativity. And creativity is our life force. When we stop feeding that fire we fall into a state of fear, shame or worse apathy. Brené Brown says “the only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.” We must then accept dark and light emotions alike with open arms for they fuel our desires to paint with connectivity, sculpt with compassion and sing with meaning. To fault our emotions is to deny we were designed to thrive on creativity.
Here’s our writing prompt for today:
“When I feel stuck if I let go of ____________ I create ______________ .”