I really love how many of you decided to color outside the lines on our last exercise, and add an eleventh question, so that it would not end by focusing on what makes us sad! Well done!
As we wind down Chapter Five this week, Julia also moves us into a more upbeat mode with a few more exercises aimed at stimulating our sense of expansiveness and joy. How perfect that this is aligning with the waxing of the Moon, don’t you think?
So today, we have an exercise that focuses on Forbidden Joys! As easy as it sounds, Julia reminds us, “One of the favored tricks of blocked creatives is saying no to ourselves. It is astonishing the number of small ways we discover to be mean and miserly with ourselves. When I say this to my students, they often protest that this is not true – that they are very good to themselves. Then I ask them to do this exercise.”
Evidently, we are about to find out that as indulgent and kind to ourselves as we think we are, it may, in fact, be otherwise. Let’s see, shall we?
List ten things that you would love to do, but are not “allowed” to. I am going to post some of hers, but add some different ones, because frankly, I think most of hers are pretty tame and not all that daring for many of us.
1) Go dancing
2) Hire someone to clean my house
3) Wear red cowboy boots to work
4) Go on a real vacation
5) Sleep as long as I want
6) Streak my hair blue
7) Move to the beach
8) Take a serious art class
9) Direct a play
10) Take flying lessons
Do you get the idea? As she explains, sometimes just writing these things down will dissolve the barriers that prevent you from following through. What wild, or nurturing, or impossible, or taboo secret desires do you have? Really spend some time on this, and push your envelope.
Write them down, and then post them someplace highly visible to remind you! And I do hope you’ll share them with us.