Now that I am getting back into the swing of things and working with schedules, I have put these posts onto a weekly schedule as well.
For those who missed Weeks 1-3 you can find them on the sidebar under “Categories”.
What I am doing is working through Cheryl Richardson’s book “Life Makeovers” and asking you to join me for the journey.
So to recap what we have done so far:
* Week 1 – Thought about our accomplishments for the past year and made a list of them. We then gave ourselves a pat on the back. Bet you didn’t realise that you had accomplished so much until you had it in front of you in black and white?
* Week 2 – Looked at our lives and worked out what quality we would like to develop further this year. I stated that I wished to work on my gratitude journal. I confess that I didn’t get much further than purchasing a book and making a few entries. I have now put it into my daily planner that is sitting in front of me so that I remember to do it each day until I no longer need reminding and it becomes a part of my daily routine.* Week 3 – Looking at our weekly schedule and pencilling in some ‘me time’. This is important because we don’t want to burn out.
Now, we move onto Week 4 and it’s accompanying challenge.
This week it is about writing in our journals every day.
Cheryl opens the chapter with a quote by Julia Cameron
Morning pages do get us to the other side: the other side of our fear, of our negativity, of our moods. Above all, they get us beyond out Censor. Beyond the reach of the Censor’s bubble we fund our own quiet centre, the place where we hear the still, small voice that is at once our creator’s and our own.
I have had journals or diaries since I was a young girl. I was diligent throughout my teenage years in writing however I lapsed over my adult years as life took over. I confess that it has been about 4 months since I last picked up my journal to write. Although I blog each day, there are things that need to be written out of my soul and onto a page that I cannot share with you.
In the past week, I have been reminded over and over that I need to pick up my journal once more and opening Cheryl’s book this morning in order to put this post together is another sign that I need to listen to.
Cheryl writes in her book that as she has written in her journal each day she has found:
- She feels deeply connected to her soul and what really matters
- Her days are consistently oriented around her top priorities
- Synchronistic events occur to support these priorities
- She feels a sense of security
- Her eating habits have improved dramatically
- Her choices have become more inner-directed, caring less about what others think
- She cares more about spending time alone
Cheryl follows the advice of Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way of writing three pages (by hand) in her journal every morning. She discovered that it became an important part of her daily practice.
Cheryl then goes on to answer some frequently asked questions.
- When is the best time to write? She encourages writing in the morning before the business of the day distracts you from the voice of your soul (or inner wisdom). When we journal at the end of the day (like I often do) we tend to focus on the events of the day rather than our feelings and inner thoughts.
- What should I write? Many journallers give up because they don’t know what to write about. Cheryl suggests using writing prompts such as:
This morning I feel…..
I’m always daydreaming about ….
My nagging inner voice keeps telling me to …….
The thoughts rolling around in my head are…….
My soul longs to……
My inner critic tells me………
Use these prompts until writing becomes as natural to you as breathing.
- How can I stay motivated to write? Cheryl suggests creating a comfortable writing space and doing whatever is necessary to make that space inviting to you such as finding a comfortable chair and good lighting. She also suggests that you might wish to add a candle, cushions, a lap desk or even a favourite blanket in order to make this space a place that you wish to retreat to.
Personally, I also like to have a pen that feels comfortable in my hand: one that writes nicely. I also like to have a nice journal (although anything will work). I am always on the lookout for beautiful stationery and my current journal is a cloth-bound book with hand made paper. When I left work, I was gifted with a hand-tooled leather journal fastened with a leather thong. (That one is waiting for the right time to be opened and making my mark). I’ve noticed that in a lot of stores right now there are some cute notebooks with inspirational quotes on the covers (yes I bought one). Whatever you choose to use, make it personal.
I also like to draw doodles and add pictures into my journals on occasion.
Cheryl writes that having a daily ritual creates more control over your actions and this in turn follows onto other aspects of your life. It also helps you to connect with yourself.
So here is the challenge:
Choose a 30 day period and commit to writing in your journal each morning for a minimum of three pages. Hold this time as sacred and an opportunity to connect with yourself and your inner wisdom. Just write and see what happens!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m off to put my journal in a place where I will find it each morning. 🙂
Have fun. And let me know how it goes if you decide to follow along.