Daily Journal Inspiration – “Yeah Dave” on Time Distortion

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Today’s words come from Dave Romanelli, better know as “Yeah Dave” in the yoga world ❤  These words are taken from his book, Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy Through Wine, Chocolate and Your iPod Playlist.  His book will make you burst out laughing and at the same time give you awesome insight on living your life in the moment…highly recommended read! 

“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 ❤

Daily Journal Inspiration – Yoda on a Child’s Mind

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“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!

Daily Journal Inspiration – Pema Chödrön on Healing

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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?

365 Days of Journaling – Challenge

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Do you remember that diary you kept underneath your pillow at night as a child? It was probably very colorful and had a lock attached to it with a key. I loved my diary. It had a gold lock and key that I kept stored away in a very safe place for fear that someone would read about my tribulations on the playground that day! Today, diaries are digital and have large plastic fancy locks. Either way, I believe it is a great way for children to get their feelings out and on paper.

My childhood diary writing could be why today I love journaling. I have a journal next to my bed (still colorful) and I carry my leather bound journal in my purse wherever I go. Journaling has become a ritual for me and has helped my healing throughout the past three years of my life. Writing my thoughts down has helped clear my head on days when my brain feels like it is going to explode with thoughts/feelings and also helped on days when I just needed a little inspiration to get me going.

What better way to start this new year by making a ritual of journal writing! Writing, specifically journaling, has been studied by psychologists for years. In an article published by Psychology Today, John F. Evans, Ed.D explains “the literature of several healthcare professions suggests that for many people wellness and writing can be closely connected, and that writing is useful for obtaining and sustaining emotional, physical, and spiritual health. You can read more specifically as to the psychologists and their studies at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/write-yourself-well/201208/can-i-write-myself-well.

Why not take a challenge with me for this new year? 365 days of journaling (well 360 days now ha!).   I will give you some tips and ideas below that have helped me in the past but feel free to make journaling yours; it’s really your own free expression to heal, put your creativity to paper or to simply clear your mind.

Lose the planning…

When I first started writing in my journal, I planned what I would write in my head before writing it like someone else was going to read it. This is your journal, so feel free to write about anything and everything. My best mornings/nights are when I just take a pen to paper and write about any thought that comes into my head. So what if it doesn’t make sense. Your mind doesn’t make sense sometimes, hence why journaling is a great way to clear out the confusion to make room for clarity.

Break free from guidelines…

There are no guidelines to your journaling so don’t make any up. If you feel like writing two words on a Friday night or several pages on a Sunday afternoon, then so be it. I was once told by a friend that for years she struggled with journaling because of the lines on the paper; she felt like she had to fill the lines on the page. Once she bought an un-lined journal, she felt free to write away; wherever she wanted to on the paper. I think this is a great idea! Doodling encouraged…creativity is produced when guidelines are broken! Break free for your self imposed guidelines on time, quantity, quality, topics, etc. Just write…however and whenever you would like during the day.

Aesthetics for some…

Some people find it more relaxing to pick a journal that is aesthetically welcoming. Although, I’ve known others that like to use a simple $1.00 notebook. Find what works for you. I found my beautiful leather bound journal at Barnes & Noble which has a removable leather bound cover that I can put on a new simply lined journal once my old one has filled up! (My crafty/creative side has recently come up with an idea to design DIY journals as gifts in the new year and began selling them recently on Etsy.) Again, this is your writing…your time. Make it however you wish.

Find a quiet space to be alone…

As I know this can be difficult for some people with our busy lives, children, family, etc., finding a space and a few minutes alone is very important each day. In order to clear my head, I need quiet; no phones, computers, T.V., no distractions. This may be different for some people. I’ve been told by others that they enjoy listening to music while journaling. Whatever works for you, but I would suggest to be alone during this time so you can really let go when writing.

Make it a point to journal everyday…

This is key and the challenge for your new year! I know that some days are longer than others. Work can very stressful; life can be exhausting. Keeping a commitment to yourself of journaling everyday will be well worth it at the end of year and a practice you will hopefully continue for the rest of your life. Use this commitment as a daily gift for yourself.

I hope you give the 365 days of journaling a shot and join me in the challenge for 2014!   Most importantly, I hope that you enjoy the time to yourself, time for self expression, creativity and clarity!