Journaling Streak Day 12 :: 90% listening

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Writing is 90% listening” -Natalie Goldberg

Journaling isn’t just something to do.

Rather, it is the act of truly listening and then writing down what you hear.

 

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Journaling Streak Day 11 :: Our whole life

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“To do writing practice means to deal ultimately with your whole life.” -Natalie Goldberg

Do you realize that so much of your life is lived in the fog of to-do’s, distractions, busyness, shoulds, etc?

Journaling is a way of demanding more from life. Of respecting our precious time and all that life asks us to process and live through and out.

Journaling allows you to uncover and use your whole life as a source of purpose.

It allows you to write another way of seeing things, to release the burden of feeling so many things, and to process the pressure of living through things.

 

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Journaling Streak Day 10 :: Conversing with yourself

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Voice speaks when given space.

Journaling is ultimately about having a conversation with yourself.

You speak by providing the space for what’s inside of you to speak back.

It’s a practice of sourcing your own wisdom that will reveal you, guide you, clarify you and relieve you.

 

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Journaling Streak Day 9 :: Kindest form of self care

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A journaling practice is a most deserving avenue of self care.

It is a practice of being loyal to yourself and your truth.

It is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself – to tell the truth about how you feel.

 

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Journaling Streak Day 8 :: The secret life

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Steven Covey says we all have a  “public life, a private life, and a secret life.”

I believe journaling is the perfect place to share our secret life.

 

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Journaling Streak Day 7 :: By the bed

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Keep your journaling supplies in the same place.

By the bed, at your desk, tucked under your comfiest cushion.

Choose a space.

Always write there.

Your body will unfold, recognizing the permission of its familiar place and opening with ease.

{I keep my notebook and pen tucked in my bedside table. I also keep a bed tray on the side of my bed for easy access.}

 

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Journaling Streak Day 6 :: No distractions

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Maybe the candle and the fancy journal don’t matter, but quiet does.

It is quite important to set the tone of your journaling practice in silence.

Without distraction.

Make sure your phone is off, the kids are occupied, and the dog has been walked.

If you have kids it is ideal to wake before them. (Though I will tell you much of my writing has been interrupted by the kids and the hubby, for sheer reason of choosing sleep over words).

Conclusion :: it is harder to hear ourselves among the noise of others. Give stage to your own voice for this brief time each day.

 

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Journaling Streak Day 5 :: Sacred ritual

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We must be careful with the temptation to make journaling a sacred practice by demanding too much of it. The perfect pen and notebook, the perfect candle or incense, a hot cup of tea, sweet nothings of nature whispering in your ear.

The practice is what is sacred.

It is undoubtedly a spiritual practice for many people.

A ritual that requires only your voice and your hand.

A ritual that truly respects your intuition, your knowing, your wisdom.

A ritual that allows the written word to be the avenue of communication with your deepest knowing.

Let that be sacred enough.

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Journaling Streak Day 4 :: Why

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Why do we write?

We write because this world is too cluttered and busy for us to find or know or live in our truths without first claiming them.

We write because writing means finding and knowing ourselves.

We write because we need to be seen and known and understood.

We write because all truth lives inside of us, and writing finds its way to the inside.

We write because our hands are connected to our hearts, and our hearts know what we need to know.

We write because it feels good and cathartic and healing and helpful and meaningful and spiritual.

We write because writing allows you to reach resources deep inside yourself.

We write because “when we write many avenues open up inside us”. -Natalie Goldberg

 

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Journaling Streak Day 3 :: How

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How do we write?

We begin.

We put the pen to the paper and we move our hand.

We start with the first thing that comes, and we continue with all that follows.

We do not censor, we do not edit, we do not cross out.

We often do not capitalize or use puncuation or concern ourselves with run on sentences.

We share what’s inside of us, and when we do not know what to share, because we feel afraid, or overwhelmed, or distracted, we write that we don’t know what to share or that we have so much to share.

We write about the mundane and tedious thoughts moving through us until we feel open and brave enough to write about the layer beneath.

With courage and openness there will always be another layer.

We write and write until we feel empty.

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