We’ve done a lot of good work in the past week, and through our exercises have addressed our pain and have begun to let go a bit.
Now it’s time to address ourselves. Let’s stare in the mirror and contemplate our humaness.
Many of us freeze at this point. “I can’t draw.” “I hate my face.” Why are we freezing? Who are we trying to please? This journal is ours, and we can do whatever we want in it. We can be as free as we allow ourselves. So let’s let go even for just a few minutes and spend some time looking at ourselves and allowing the pencil to move over the page.
Now spend 15 minutes writing about how you feel in this moment after completing this exercise. We’ll use some of these words tomorrow.
Recall my 1977 Diary:
- Be able to selectively and deliberately turn off what you know when it’s getting in the way. You can learn to do this by getting good at forgetting (when you need to), disorienting your own perspective, and soliciting ideas from newbies who aren’t shackled with your level of expertise.
- Immerse yourself in a whole array of unfamiliar experiences you can draw upon when you’re brainstorming and looking for fresh ideas.
- Fight the temptation toward premature evaluation! Protect fresh thinking (your own and others’) from being savaged (by you and others) before it has even had a chance at being considered.
Gather some animal pics. About 5 of them.