“Sweep away the clutter of things that complicate our lives.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
For today, as you begin to write in your journal, think about Thoreau’s words…what clutters do
you have in life? Physical and mental clutters that are just complicating things. Write about what small steps you can take to begin to sweep this clutter away…simplifying your life one day at a time ❤
“Take a moment to imagine a day without a clock. It might sound refreshing but most of us (especially me) would flinch and twitch on countless occasions seeking the reassurance of a schedule. If only we could get past this grasping for the familiar. When we lose track of time, we loosen our grip on life. And in loosing, the mind opens, creating new space for fresh ideas…time distortion most often happens doing what we love in life. The challenge is cultivating a willingness to move beyond routine, a curiosity for mystery, and an appetite for insight and revelation.”
Every weekend, my fiancé and I, along with our two dogs (our children) go hiking in the woods…we pick different reservations/parks in our area to explore. It’s a complete and total disconnect, a time distortion for us, from time, work, t.v., internet and stresses of daily life for us to talk and appreciate our family. Sometimes there is no talking and the silence between us is also very peaceful as we listen and admire the nature around us. We smile, laugh and on occasions get into deep conversations about our lives, the world and our future. For us, these hikes give our family a weekly connection that we truly look forward to.
Today, as you sit down to write in your journal, think about a time where you lost track of time doing something you love. Write about how you felt, where you were, who you were with and how you can take steps to make it a more frequent activity in your life ❤
“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is” – Yoda, Star Wars Episode II
Today’s words come from Yoda (you heard right ha!), from Star Wars Episode II. I’d like share a short story with all of you about a small moment I had yesterday at work. I had a boy in my office (about the age of 6 or 7) who had the most interesting things to say. This was the first I had ever met him. Specifically, he picked up this small turtle statue I had on my desk (given to me by a very dear friend as present for my birthday a few years back) and began examining it’s details..the colors, the size, the shape, etc. The description lasted about a solid 4 minutes or so…I was amazed about the detail he pulled out of this little statue. I’ve always admired it since I received it but never took the time to actually examine it like this child did. He went on further to say that it should be placed so everyone can see it, not on my desk hidden. (He added “That’s just my opinion, you can put it where you want to, but I think it should be placed where everyone can see”) ha!. This little boy had a lot say and I’m glad I met him…his mind was truly wonderful.
Today, as you write in your journal, try to recall a moment in time when a child has described something that we look at to be simple, with such detail…like he/she has never seen it before. We should really start to look at the simple things more often through a child’s eyes…the world would surely look a lot more awesome!
Let’s thank Jon Kabat-Zinn for his amazing writing and work in the field of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the help that he given so many people with his words, lectures, research and workshops. Here are a few words from him to spark your journal entry today….
“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own. You cannot imitate somebody else’s journey and still be true to yourself. Are you prepared to honor your uniqueness in this way?”
Are you living your unique journey? If not, try writing about what YOUR journey would look like and focus on taking small steps to make this unique journey start to unfold. ❤
Today, I’ve picked words from Thich Nhat Hanh to share for our journal prompting.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.”- Thich Nhat Hanh
Write about something/someone that made you smile, the source of your joy for the day. The sun shining, your morning tea/coffee, your morning cuddle session with your pup or the smile you gave to your neighbor…whatever it is, write about the source of joy today.
“The beautiful things about setbacks is they introduce us to our strengths.”
Take a look at some of your setbacks in your life, can you identify the strengths you have gained from them? Maybe going forward in life, when you’re faced with a set back, remember how the past has shown you your strengths in overcoming and moving on ❤
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau
This is by far one of my favorite writings by Thoreau…get outside and embrace the seasons!! Write about what you see, the snow, the ice, the sun, the trees, the plants…use the practice as a writing meditation and enjoy ❤
Today, I chose words by Pema Chödrön to prompt your journal entry. Her words have been very influential in my life. Make time for yourself today to write and reflect on her words below…
“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” – Pema Chödrön
Are you letting there be room for grief, for relief, for misery and joy in your life?
For all my blog followers and journal loving friends, I’ve decided (with inspiration from a wise friend) to post a daily meditation, affirmation, poem, quote or picture that could help prompt your creative minds. I often use one the above to inspire my writings. Each day, I will provide a few words for inspiration to get your writing going! These writings/words have been collected by me throughout the years and I truly hope they touch you, the way they have touched me.
Starting today, I’d like to share some words from Joseph Campbell, who was introduced to me by the same wise friend that gave me the idea to start this daily journal prompting…
“We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be. You have to learn to recognize your own depth…the way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you really are happy—not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call, ‘following your bliss’.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth.
So, my friends…write away…self-analyze; identify those things that truly make you happy…which truly give you bliss in life.