It’s said that it takes 21 days to break an old habit, or better yet, to break in a new one. How about making Contemplation and Creativity YOUR new habit?
One of My Contemplative Collages, 2013
The above is the inviting line that lured me into signing up for the “21-day Journaling with Collage Challenge” with author and collage artist Dante Jericho. I’ve been a student of Dante’s since 2010 and this particular event enticed me because it’s NEW.
The format is simple. Every morning beginning September 1st, we’ll receive an email with an image as well as a writing prompt to go deeper. Our task is to use the given prompt to do a journal entry or timed writing for that day in whatever format or structure works for you.
So here are a few personal thoughts about the 21-day Journaling with Collage Challenge:
1. Everyone needs a can opener to start new writing. I’m an experienced writer. And even so, I need prompts and visuals to get me going. Otherwise, my writing tends to be unfocused and without purpose.
2. Visuals provide excellent starting points to open both your heart and your voice to put doodles (and words and sentences and phrases and lists) on the page. When I trust my heart, and just write to visuals and prompts, I don’t have to worry about where things go. It’s freewriting, something I talk about ALL the time. Sometimes what turns up is useful for my creative process. Sometimes, it turns into product.
3. Reflections on a collage are personal. They’re part of our inner work and journaling process that may or may not lead to other writings we do.
4. The practice of freewriting increases your confidence as a writer. Opening up to write whatever comes builds your writing muscles. Every time you show up to the page and write, it becomes easier.
5. Practicing writing for 21 days in a non-judgmental way invites the muse in and creates a consistent habit. Sneaking into the flow of writing like this keeps that sweet muse alert to visit you more often too.
6. At the end of the 21 days, you’ll be a stronger writer. At least that’s been my experience. I want to keep on keeping on, and write, write, write some more. I notice that it gets easier, day by day, and at 21 days, I’m eager to put pen to page EVERY day.
So what do you think? I’d love to see your name in the classroom with me, where we can kibitz and share our writing experiences (not what we wrote, but about our experience of the highs and bumps, flaws and all, of having written). I’ve already attracted many writing friends and colleagues who’ve joined the challenge.
If any of the above resonates with you, then say YES to it. Take creative action and check out the fine points and deets here. Cost: $30
About our facilitator: Dante Jericho is a healer, teacher and artist. She has been teaching Contemplative Collage nationally and internationally for the past 15 years. She is the author of “Sacred Changes, Sacred Choices: Meditations from the I Ching.”