This post forms part of a serialisation eventually building into a complete reference on Journaling for Creativity and the writer's notebook. One that will demonstrate how to journal in order to improve creativity and effectiveness of artists, writers or anyone needing to be creative.
About this prompt
This post is a small exercise in awareness, and is included in the techniques section because fundamentally, it is designed to assist the reader in developing an awareness of how a person’s personal history is reflected in their physical movements.
Once developed they can then use this awareness to recognise their own physical movements and identify what significant personal information is being broadcast to their world.
However, the reader may like to add the first part of the exercise to their growing collection of journaling for creativity games, since it provides an enjoyable technique to develop the ability to focus on how people have been affected by their past life and where they believe they are in the present.
The tale told by movement
Go to an open yet busy place where you can observe people walking to somewhere, the destination is not important. Stations, shopping malls, street cafés, parks or public buildings are all good for this.
Sit quietly and observe how the people passing by are moving, look at particular aspects of their movement;
How they walk
How they hold their head
How they pick up their feet
How they hold their body
How quickly they move
How attentive are they, especially of others
How much energy they put into their gait
How little energy they put into their gait
How they express tiredness
How they express pain
How they express purpose
How they express indolence
How they express pride, humility, dominance, submissiveness
How considerate they are
How they lift, or don’t lift their legs
How they swing their arms
How they wrap their arms about themselves
Shortly, you are sure to see someone who is interesting, whose movements visually ‘speak’ to you more than those of the others. Ponder on this person’s movements. What do they tell you of their past and of how they perceive their future? Think on the possible past life of this person. Think on how he or she came to the point where they now walk and visually express themselves in such a manner.
Make a journal entry about this person.
Repeat this for at least four more ‘interesting’ people.
Now, look inward and think about the way you move when walking. Use all the observations you have just made from all the people you have been studying and ask yourself;
“Do I do that?”
“Did I used to do that?”
“Might I do that in the future?”
Consider what all this says about you and about your journey through life. Is it a message that you want broadcasting? Further, consider how this message causes people to react to you. Is it a reaction that you want?
To complete the exercise, make your final journal entry. Journal about the tale you tell by the way you move. Include a description of how you would like to move and how you would like to be perceived by others from the way that you move.
Don’t forget to set yourself some goals and include at least one in your daily mantra.
After reading this post I am hoping that you are thinking “I would like to try this exercise.” If so, now is a very good time to circle a date on your calendar for when you can go out and do this journaling prompt. Afterwards, please do come back and share your experience with us in the comments area below.
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