Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.Christina Baldwin
Most people I know who are ruled by ‘time’ (days governed by clocks, diaries, and heavy scheduling) are disconnected from themselves, each other, and the natural world. Work, rush and worry occupy every space in their lives. There is never enough time! And that feeling of ‘running out of time’ always leads to pressure, stress, exhaustion, and depression. Does that sound like you?
You can change how you relate to time by changing how you relate to the world around you. In this place of flow and grace, you’ll find a natural rhythm and a calm wisdom that guides you towards making better choices, so that your life feels rich instead of fleeting.
When we honour our connection to the world around us, and to the people, places and activities that matter to us, our relationship to time changes – we get out of our heads and back into our bodies and our hearts. We begin to live more authentically. An authentic life is a life that is deliberate, aware and filled with meaning.
So how do you get started?
Find a spare few hours, and a quiet space, and then answer these simple questions. Write your responses in a journal, where you can refer back to them, or expand on them at a later date. What you are trying to discover is what matters most to you.
Journal writing is an important part of my life. I do it daily, and it helps me know myself better, and be clearer about the direction in which I steer my energies. It’s also a place where I find grace, intuitive insights and psychic guidance with the words that flow.
If you’ve been overwhelmed, stressed, too busy for yourself, or just plain stuck and don’t know what you want anymore, journalling can help you find yourself again.
Here are some prompts to get those words out onto the page:
Cherished Dreams: Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do or become, or a place you want to visit, or an activity you want to try? If it’s something you have already dabbled at, but there’s not enough space in your life for that thing right now, add some stars beside it!
Health and Lifestyle: Health matters. Without it, life becomes that much harder, our options fewer. What do you know you need to do to have better health? I’m not just talking good nutrition and exercise. Maybe you need to get rid of credit card debt so you can sleep at night, maybe it’s time to move, or change jobs, or make other changes so that you have the time, the resources, the support, and the inner happiness to embrace living healthily, and to have longevity to get done all the things that you love to do. What steps could you take to improve your health and lifestyle? What do you want to give up? What do you want to start doing?
Place: Where does your heart sing? Inner city, wild coastlines, small towns, mountains? Art galleries, op shops, concerts or cafes? If you can’t live there, can you visit? Can you find a way to include some of that energy in your life?
Nature: Nature matters. Spending time outdoors, sunshine, standing barefoot on sand and grass, walking in the rain, sitting under a tree, eating fresh food, gardening, caring for animals, listening to the birds – all of these things heal us and help us. We are all interconnected, and part of the greater whole. How much time do you spend in nature? What’s your favourite way to spend time outdoors? What outdoor activity would you like to try?
Heart Space: Who matters to you? Family, friends, lovers, people who share your interests? How are your relationships working for you right now? Relationships and interaction enrich our lives and help us to grow, to heal, and to be uplifted. Life is nothing without love. We all need support, and we all have the wisdom to share with others.
Heart Purpose: Using our talents and gifts gives us emotional satisfaction. It might be paid work, or the pay might be measured in satisfaction rather than money. It might not even be your day job – you’ll know this work by how it makes you feel: you’d do it even if you weren’t getting paid. What is your heart calling you to do? What would you do if money was no issue?
Fun Stuff: Surfing, eating mangoes, cryptic crosswords, travelling, music, garage sales, entertaining, reading, napping in hammocks. This is the magic of life, and often these pleasures are quite ordinary, and easy to include in our day, or our year.What pleasures and fun stuff are you craving? What do you miss?
By making small windows of time for what really matters in our life – an hour for the gym, one night a week for art class, family dinner at the table instead of in front of TV, weekends camping or exploring the inner city – life’s texture begins to change and we begin living with integrity and authenticity. These simple actions are a solid beginning – and they can be world-changing.
Wishing you words that create magic for you, Nicole xx