“You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.”
In the post, tracking creative patterns, you’ll find some journaling prompts and ideas for keeping track of your best and worst times of day, week, month, year, for creative flows.
This helps us become aware of our patterns.
There is so much power in knowing our creative patterns, that it’s worth a whole chapter of discovery in the 7 Creative Powers workshop.
Noticing what’s different, how you’ve changed, what’s working, what’s in need of attention and nurturing, these too, are part of the pattern recognition we do in all of my workshops.
We never step into the same rivers twice.
Even if it seems like the same river, we’re not the same person.
Even if it seems like nothing much has changed within, we feel like the same person, perhaps rehashing the same issues over and over again in our journals, the river is not the same.
If you’ve kept a journals for any length of time and gone back and read them, you might think: I can’t believe I’m still writing about that.
Going back and reading old journals is a place to tread with lots of self-compassion. Go (extra) gently here.
The words of today’s resident philosopher, Heraclitus, are an offering of self-compassion on our creative journey.
The waters are ever flowing, and so are we.
This is just one of many ways a creative practice helps us know ourselves, to gauge our progress, to find our unique pitfalls, to locate our particular slant of desire.
As with all of these creativity ideas, this will only be really meaningful if you experience it for yourself.
So here’s a way to try this:
Select one of the prompts from this series and do the same prompt every day for a month.
It’s the same prompt, but the waters are ever flowing, always different, and so are you, your moods, the circumstances of the day, the weather.
It’s the same, but different.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
What different from when you started this journaling project?
How is your creative process different now than it was a month ago?
A year ago?
Five years ago?
Depending on how long you’ve been at this, go back ten, twenty years or more and draw contrasts and comparisons.
What is different?
What is still familiar, but not quite the same?
P. S. A fun typo happened during this post.
My first draft said: sane, but different.
Sane, but different is how I would describe the ideal conditions for creativity.
Do you have a creative dream?
Every idea first begins with a dream, or some inking to create or grow that we can’t quite name.
The Creative Sketchbook helps you excavate your own true desires, innate wisdom, and intuition, with ease, gentleness and joy.
This workshop is a foundational course for The Creative Sketchbook Teacher Training.
The Journal Prompts in this Post Are Included in the FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project Printables
When I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.
I think of this as lazy journaling. 🙂
Fill in the blank, and you’re done!
After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design (and added another layout) so you could use them, too. This is what I’m using for my own journaling.
There is another layout for cutting and pasting into an existing journal.
Get ALL of the FLOW 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.
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No more blank page. No more writer’s block.
Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.
See All 30 Day Journal Printable Designs
There are four different sets of 30 Day Journal Project Printables, beautifully designed, each with a different theme.
Use the printables on your own, or with The 30 Day Journal Workshop
Come on over to my studio in Mexico (via video!) where I’ll show you how to journal with intention and focus as we create two different kinds of handmade journals. It all happens in The 30 Day Journal Project Workshop, designed for experienced and brand new journalers alike!
If you haven’t yet played with imagery (or paint) in your journals, then DO consider joining us!