Like many of you, I'm anticipating a Thanksgiving Day that will provide me a full belly and a full heart. Though far from my family, we are grateful to be sharing this special day with good friends who welcome us into their home as they do their own family. My teacup overflows with good things, and I am thankful.
Is your teacup overflowing, and if so, with what? This writing prompt is an especially meaningful one for me, as I've been working to incorporate a practice of gratitude into my life.
Preparing: I invite you to carve out time over the next week, before or after the busyness of the holiday, to sit, sip and write. Gather your materials and make a cup or mug of fragrant tea. If you've got some pu-erh on hand, now is a great time to sip it as pu-erh has long been used as a digestive aid, but please drink whatever you find pleasing.
Sipping: Feel the warmth of the cup in your hand. Close your eyes and inhale the aroma.
Writing: Take a few moments to let images come to you...what in your life is overflowing?
- Is it joyful? Is it sadness?
- Is it full of longing or is it full of release?
- Is it a material thing? Is it a hope or a memory?
- Don't worry about writing sentences. Write down the images as they come to you.
- Or maybe it's a sound, a fragment of a sentence, an aroma - whatever it is, jot it down.
- Don't limit yourself to one item. If you're a list maker, this is a great time to use that technique.
- Let the hand and body be connected, and write what presents itself.
- Date this and tuck it away. You may enjoy reviewing this piece throughout the year, or even next Thanksgiving.
Prizes: Leave a comment in this post, telling me something that is overflowing in your life or tell me what you think about this writing prompt. I'll draw a winner next Wednesday. On that note, congratulations to Snap who won last week's drawing! Give me a few days and I'll have your prize in the mail!