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This activity invites you to explore your home and neighborhood in search of personal peace.

To “fill your cup” is to fill yourself with comfort and safety. How do you fill your cup? What objects can you find that represent this sense of security? Explore the different ways you fill your cup today, and help someone fill theirs in return.

Materials:

  • Cup template (download)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

1. Use scissors to cut out the city skyline along the dotted line. Include the circle and tabs.

2. Fold tabs and circle at the fold lines.

3. Bring the left and right sides of the city skyline together, creating a cylindrical shape. Dot the tabs with glue and press to close the shape. Fold in the circle to make the bottom of your cup. Dot the tabs with glue to close the bottom of your cup.

4. Explore your home or neighborhood and collect (or draw on paper) the things that make you feel safe, comforted, and peaceful. Fill your cup with these things and place in a special place in your home to visit and reflect on often. Help others fill their cup!

 

This activity was developed by Mel Taing, an East Boston photographer and filmmaker. As a child of Cambodian refugees in America, Mel is deeply interested in visually exploring concepts of intergenerational trauma, racial identity, spirituality, and resilience in community. 

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