Welcome to 7 Steps to Creative Clarity: JOY.
JOY is where it’s at when it comes to creative flow.
JOY, for me and I presume for you as well, is the precursor to the Truest Refreshment, since it lifts our spirit, opens our energy and leaves us feeling fabulous.
JOY brings pleasure and delight. It’s like LIGHT for our soul. And it lights our most authentic creative path.
So, paying closer attention to what does this for us will inspire us and lead us to that essence of JOY we want more of.
Below, you will find **prompts and exercises for your Journaling, Art Journaling and Doodle practices to help you dive into what brings you JOY and what may surprise you in your JOY journey.
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
ASK: What brought me JOY today?
A Contrast Exercise:
Sometimes the JOY spots (as I like to call them) are not so obvious so we can use a Contrast to bring it to light.
Anything that feels Heavy, Burdensome, or overwhelming is the opposite of what brings us JOY.
Detail in your journal the specifics of any negative issue that feels this way and what creates that feeling, and what you know would make it better.
More of/Less Of Exercise:
In your journal, make two lists.
One will be for what you want MORE of. This is the perfect place to give yourself permission for more JOY.
The other list will be for what you want LESS of. This list may include things that bring you stress or discomfort and irritability.
As you record each item, tap into your body energy and note how it makes you feel.
Does it tighten or lighten?
The ones that lighten you can zero in on in order to determine which one you will take action on immediately to bring more JOY.
The ones that tighten, you can show yourself compassion and validation in your journal, thus releasing into more JOY as a result.
ASK: What am I most excited about?
Remember that JOY precludes what you always want to say yes to.
ASK: Why do I want to say Yes?
What is the essence of that JOY-Inducing experience? What does it say to you and about you?
JOY can be a clue to something you want but haven’t given yourself permission to have or to be.
Detail this idea, dream or journey that you want to implement, expand or take and record what may be holding you back.
ASK: What small step can I take that will enable me to grow this idea, dream or start this journey?
A TOP 3 List Exercise:
Have some fun and jot down your top 3 JOY initiating items in the following categories (plus you can add any of your own that come to mind):
Art Journaling Prompt:
Using a spread in your art journal, honor what has recently given you JOY, using images, text and color, and create an open space where you can dream and explore your next JOY step.
Use Idea, Dream or Journey as a prompt and make fun marks on the page; you may want to draw spirals, stars or flowers, or any shape that initiates more JOY in the creating. See where it leads!
As we conclude this JOY step in the 7 Steps to Creative Clarity, I would like to leave you with this encouraging word and insight that I trust will get your Creative Flow opening up to all the possibilities that are in your heart just waiting to be manifest:
You will experience the Greatest JOY when you are in complete alignment with Who You Are, with your Destiny, with your Purpose, with your Life-Enhancing Relationships, and when you are fulfilling your Reason for Being.
As you make new discoveries that bring you JOY, make space for them in your daily routine so they become a part of Who You Are. Make them a priority, which you so richly deserve.
I wish for you the greatest of JOY in your daily experience and trust that JOY is the most wonderful of Building Blocks toward Creative Clarity and Creative Daily Expression in your life.
Note: You are welcome to leave a comment below about the discoveries you have made with JOY being a step toward Creative Clarity, about your favorite exercise from the above content, as well as what is bringing you JOY right now! You’re also welcome to share your discoveries in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook Group.