You can learn so much about yourself and others when you review your day. Let us begin our part three in opening creativity.
Part 3. – Review your Day, Every Day
Sit down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and review your day. It could be in the form of meditation or prayer, chronologically from the events that lead you through the morning to the night, or perhaps through your emotions, thoughts, feelings, and how they evolved and shaped you throughout the day. Try to remember everything you can as deep as you can into the details. Try to remember all the interactions you had with others. Did you have positive impacts on others or negative, vice versa, and why? If you recall gloomy stories, disappointments, perceived mistakes, or challenges, and you already know why, how would you behave next time? Why did you act like this? What is the hidden meaning behind your behavior, that of others, and the circumstances which surrounded you?
As much as you can introspect, reflect upon, and understand your behaviors, you will better know your patterns and feel more in control of your responses and decision making in future positive actions. Trust me. You will enjoy the presence of a positive person far more than negative. This widened awareness of your behaviors opens a new door, and you will start thinking about the deeper reasoning for why others behave as they do. These observations can empower you to help build a character for a play, scene, or movie.
Review your day
Try to remember all the feelings and emotions you experienced in your day. Once you identify a prominent emotion or changes in those which you felt, can you go further to inquire about what triggered them?. How strong was the emotion? If you can remember all the details such as place, people, colors, taste, thoughts, physical sensations, imagery that ran through your mind, etc., you can find yourself in the feeling again as you recall it. The body is smart; it remembers. It could be a great asset to have this capacity to practice and enact a particular role, that is, to learn how to bring emotions to the surface. I will write all about it in another article, “List of emotions.” Stay tuned.
One more thing about emotions. Sometimes you can bring yourself into feeling that you can’t get rid of it. There are many exercises designed to help you. My favorite one is “window” or “shake it out.” The window is-imagine you are reaching out, grabbing all of the emotions and bad feelings you feel with your hands, and throwing them away through an open window. Alternatively, “shake it out” asks for you to shake with your entire body, let everything loose and shake the emotions out. You can even make some sound when you do so. It may sound silly, but believe it or not, it works.
Try to remember any other details from your day that will teach you-being Present and an observer-a significant quality for great actors.
You can also do this exercise every morning and recall all the things from the past day.
By reviewing your day, you will extend your memory and be more aware of yourself and your surroundings. You will build your emotional capacity, and you will clean your head with greater power and confidence.
About the author:
I am a never-ending fighter for the perfect ART, enjoying the process of unperfectness. I am many things and nothing, but my main focus is acting. I've studied at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts. I've been an actor in Theater Around The Corner, Moravian Theater Olomouc, Theater DiGoknu, or Mlada Scena II. And I am working hard on my craft.