Before beginning today’s exercise, please take a few minutes to unwind from the day’s activities by sitting somewhere comfortable, close your eyes and breathe in and exhale slowly and deeply. Try to focus only on your breathing. Do this for a few minutes.
Today’s exercise for “touch” involves a small bit of writing. Even if the creativity you want to cultivate is not writing-related, the process of getting thoughts out of your head and on to paper can unleash all sorts of creative ideas.
Supplies you’ll need to get started:
- Notebook or paper pad
- 1 gallon Ziploc bag or plastic grocery bag
- Egg Timer or Watch with timer
Exercise 1: Things Around Your Home
With your mind relaxed a bit, search your home for an object that has lots of texture to it. Bring the object to a table you can sit comfortably at and set out your notebook and pen.
Step 1: Read the following:
#1 – Pick the object up with both hands, close your eyes and move your hands intently across and around the object. Try to avoid thinking of what the object is or what it looks like. Only focus on how it feels in your hands. Do this for a couple of minutes.
Step 2: Now do what #1 has asked you to do. When finished, continue to hold the object in your hands.
Step 3: Read the following:
#2 – With the object still in your hands close your eyes again and move your hands intently across and around the object. Again, try to avoid thinking of what the object is or what it looks like.
This time focus on how the object makes you feel and take note of any images that randomly pop into your head. When finished, set the object down.
Step 4: Set your timer for 5 minutes and do what #2 has asked you to do until the timer stops. When finished, reset your timer for 5 minutes and write about how the object made you feel and describe the images that came to mind. Avoid analyzing your feelings or images. Just write about it.
Step 5: When finished writing, come up with one or two ideas on how you can translate your feelings and images into a creative project? Try to answer the next two questions…
- How can you use this information to make your life more creative?
- Does it inspire you to do something? If yes, what?
Step 6: Follow Steps 1 through 5 for each of the following:
- An object that is very soft
- An object that is smooth
- An object that is warm
- An object that is cold
Note: be patient with yourselves. You’re being asked to do something that may be very foreign to you. With a little practice the process will become easier to do.
Go to the next post in my series: Day 22: Sound