When it comes to committing to a daily practice: no matter how long (a week, a month, a year, or forever) we are going to be confronted with all manner of negative thoughts that interfere with our intention.
Why can’t I just…keep up? Stay on track? Do what I said I was going to do?
We worry about falling behind. We fear we can’t keep up, or keep going.
What do we do, when our excitement or enthusiasm wears off, or we simply forget? Or life happens with a greater ferocity than normal, and we find ourselves too busy? Or we get bored? Angry? Frustrated?
A sturdy creative practice has teeth, because it will challenge us this way.
We’ll experience fear, anxiety, negative self-talk. When we keep facing the blank page, unattached to outcome and with fierce compassion, we learn how to confront these forces constructively.
We’ll also experience joy, breakthrough, relief, freedom and happiness.
That’s the reward for having ass in the chair, doing the work.
Today’s journaling prompts are to help us to remember how to approach the blank page, and our own creativity practice.
Yes, we can show up and face the blank page, without being mean to ourselves.
What would a kind approach to doing your creative work mean? Please share.
Go Gently: Journaling Prompts
Going gently, for me, means…
When I consider going gently, I feel…
Going gently, in this daily journal prompt project, means…
Where in life do I already go gently? (List)
If I were willing to go gently, that might look like…
These prompts are my answer to the following heartfelt sharings from participants in the 30 Day Journal Project:
Day 2 or Day 3…and I am already playing catch up. Already behind. Already feeling like a screw up. Took less than two days for the self destructive demons to attack .. “You can’t commit to anything! You can’t follow the most basic directions ! Everybody else is doing it so much better than you!” And on and on the creative demons dance and twirl in my head, making me want to give up and hide.
Today, Day 2, or Day 3, is not about commitment for me, it’s about forgiveness, self love, self acceptance and trusting my own path where day numbers don’t matter only that I keep walking!
Almost my whole life I journaled. Then a whole series of health related events occurred and I dropped it. I have been trying for over 2 years to get back to it. I have bought every art supply around because I really want to Art Journal. Signed up for classes which I didn’t finish. But, I have always believed in my heart that Art heals. I have made myself a promise to complete this 30 Day project. I am very excited about it and being part of such a wonderful group.
I really like your admonishment to “Go Gently.” When I start on projects such as this, I tend to go FULL TILT and then fall on my face. I am also in admiration of your kind, wise coach-er-ly prompts. Well formed. Oh, and I’ve already done some things that wouldn’t otherwise have gotten done because of my “List of 100″ things I want to have done by the end of the year. (Thanks to you, the 30 Day Journal Project, and the friend who told me about this!!)
A gentle antidote to New Year’s resolutions (good for any time of the year!)
If you are struggling with “keeping up”, and fear “feeling behind” on your intentions, plans, goals for this project, or other new beginnings, you might like this piece:
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