So here we are – ourselves, an empty book, and a few old-fashioned writing implements. Over the next week I’m going to give you some techniques for extracting what’s on the inside of you and pouring it out onto those pages. Exciting, huh?
Huh? Hello? Yes… I know most of you are eager to get started, but I can also feel the hesitation in some of you. For some of you there are blocks before we’ve even begun. So that’s a great place to start because EVERYONE is going to come to the empty page feeling like that at one time or another.
(gorgeous journal image by nuttakit)
Day 2 – Set your intention, and expect a little magic
Journalling is actually three parts effort and one part magic. But if we start with the magic, the rest seems effortless. The best way to get the magic happening is through our intention. Write this on page one of your journal, and then sign it. Let it be the first thing you read EVERY time you come to this book, before you begin anything…
Just for today I will be gentle and generous with myself. I will allow myself the freedom to think, feel, experience and express the emotions, creativity and soul wisdom I have locked inside me. Just for today I will put self criticism and self judgement aside and simply BE.
Just for today I will support and encourage myself and those around me. I will refrain from criticisms, gossip and unkind words or actions towards myself and others. Just for today I will be a friend to myself, and to the people I meet.
Task for the day:
Listen to the following sound file (which contains a simple guided meditation), and when you’re finished, take up one of those pens or pencils you’ve chosen and let your hand travel across the page. Write for five minutes, or for an hour. Just write until you’re done – without judgement of any kind. Trust in the activity, and in the magic that connects heart-with-mind-with-arm-with-pen-with-page.
(this beautiful image by luigi diamanti)