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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 23, 2013

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If you celebrate Christmas, have a joyous week. May your holiday be full of creativity in many merry ways!

Remember that a regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. Aside from all of the holiday bustle, my primary intention this week is to resume my daily meditation practice. I’ve also been journaling up a storm, which I intend to continue.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Continue workday focus and output [yes]
    * Holiday projects and tasks [yes]
    * If there’s a window, Project Life session during the weekend [no — but I did print two pictures, lol]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting
    Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Continue workday focus and output
    * Holiday projects and tasks
    * If there’s a window, Project Life session during the weekend

    December 23, 2013
  2. This week I would like to take 35-45 minutes in the mornings to do a bit of yin yoga. I just discovered it and fell in love with it and would like to make it a part of my daily routine.

    December 27, 2013
    • Wonderful! I( recently reminded myself that no matter how busy I am, I can commit to a minimum of five minutes of yoga every morning. Just because I can’t take a 90-minute class doesn’t mean I should skip it altogether.) I’m not familiar with yin yoga — going to check that out!

      December 27, 2013

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