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Saturday Challenge #33


Hello, and happy Saturday!

Recently I began doing Morning Pages, a project thought up by artist Julia Cameron. Every morning, I write three full pages by hand without stopping. If I have nothing to write, my page may look like this: "Dunno what to say dunno what to say blah blah blah blah". Punctuation doesn't matter and neither does spelling; the purpose of Morning Pages is to clear one's mind of all the fluff that may be floating around up there before the day begins.

Recently I have noticed that, even though I am writing freely, I am continually censoring my words and blocking out dark or upsetting thoughts - things like "what happens if.." or "what would I do if.." or "I know I'm not good enough because..". I am afraid to put them on paper - to do so turns them into readable, tangible reality, something I will end up dwelling upon and worrying about further.

While I think it is important to focus on the positive things in one's life, I also realise that it is also quite unhealthy to bottle up unpleasant feelings. So, today I challenge you to write down those fears and worries and self-criticisms that weigh you down; then, I challenge you to destroy it - tear it up, burn it, bury it, or seal it into an envelope in your art journal. In this way we can acknowledge these feelings and thoughts while refusing to hold on to them, instead choosing positivity and light.

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Nearly every Saturday, I post a new Challenge. Ranging from artistic prompts to self discovery exercises to ideas for living a wholesome, beautiful life, every Challenge seeks to inspire growth, love, creativity, and a more full life!

You can view and participate in past challenges here, and remember that you can share photos in the (rather neglected) Flickr group. If you have a suggestion for a challenge, please leave a comment or write me an email at mypeacetree2 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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