time required: 5+ minutes
materials: journal, pen or pencil
Write down a list of words that come to mind without editing. Try to do this quickly, without judgement or overthinking. There are no rules, so list whatever pops into your head, whether recording inspirations, random thoughts, dreams or just venting. Feel free to write more words or less if you are having a hard time getting to twenty. The goal is to clear out the top layer that is buzzing around your mind in order to access a deeper layer. This writing is for your eyes only, should be unfiltered and authentically you.
Once you have your list, take a look at the words and consider what your thought process was for creating it. Did you free-associate? Make a list of to-dos? Record things you have dreamed about? List random things in your sight-line? These are all great approaches. Circle 5 of your words that are most interesting to you. We recommend continuing this practice through the 14 days of this Pathway. You will be able to review these words and make note of common threads or themes that emerge here, and in the other exercises. You will refer back to these later in the Pathway.
helps access a state of play
encourages mind wandering
expands capacity to daydream
promotes imagination and idea generation