Journal for Spiritual Clarity and Connection 4 – All about my Soul

You don’t have a soul.  You are a Soul.  You have a body.  ~C.S. Lewis

Week 4:  All About My Soul

We are all Spiritual Beings.  We cannot separate ourselves from our Spirituality, just as we cannot separate ourselves from our Physicality.  However, just as we can become physically unfit and unhealthy, we can also become disconnected from our awareness of and trust in our Inner Connectedness.

This week we are going to work on connecting into our own Soul Wisdom. So often we let our minds guide and inform us, or the thoughts and opinions of others. But there is a source of great truth and inspiration within us – and by looking within ourselves we can find answers to things we’ve wondered on forever.  We’re going to start this week with a pledge to ourselves.  It’s a daily thing, so if your choose, recommit to it daily.  But the pledge lasts only 24 hours, so it is entirely do-able.

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 just BE.

 

Just for today I will support and encourage 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.

 

Signed:

 

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Journal Exercise:

Spend time journaling to explore your gifts, talents and passions this week.  Work out what you value, and what your personal and professional priorities are.

Try to remember what you were good at as a younger person, and what you enjoyed doing back then. Those things are often clues to a Self we have forgotten or left behind…

Go through old photos, letters and books.  Recapture some lost aspects of yourself. Use all of this, and the following starters to write:

  • I was sure, when I was small, that I wanted to…
  • An area I have always felt passionate about is…
  • A hobby that allows me to express myself well is…
  • Environments I feel really at home in are…
  • Places that always make me uncomfortable are…
  • If I could identify a past life for myself it would surely be…
  • One thing I stand for is…
  • I feel alive when I am…
  • It kills me a little inside every time I have to…
  • When I was at school the thing I really excelled at was…
  • I’ve never been much good at…
  • The things that came naturally to me as a child were…
  • I know it’s not necessarily valued, but I am really good at…
  • When I look at old photographs of myself I realise…
  • When I look into my future I would like to see…
  • I’d forgotten I was so interested in…
  • If I could turn back time and study anything it would be…
  • The strengths in me are…
  • I have always felt a spiritual connection or feeling when…
  • If I was tuned in better to my gut feelings I would…
  • My intuition is telling me…
  • Places that uplift me are…
  • Places that comfort me are…
  • My ideal life would look like this…
  • Realistic changes I can make are…

Activity:

Be kind to yourself and others. Reconnect with people you care about, and who care about you.

Visit a meditation group, church, temple, beach or some place that holds spiritual and replenishing energy for you. Go on your own or with friends, but go!

Make a commitment to yourself to live authentically. Stand up and give voice to what you believe in. Let your values guide you. Live by your principles.  You can do this in a quiet way, by voting with your shopping dollar or writing letters, or in a bigger way.  It’s up to you!

Plan some longer term changes in your career or personal life to better reflect your talents, gifts and values.  Invest in yourself, your education, and your interests. Live your best life!

Journal for Spiritual Clarity and Connection 2 – All about my Mind

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.  ~Albert Einstein

Week 2:  All About My Mind

This week we are focussing on our minds and all that entails for us, including putting our ‘thinking spaces’ in order.  Our plan is to understand and connect with our minds; our thoughts, knowledge, expectations and goals.

Journal Exercise:

This week, write in your journal about your career and life aspirations.  How could you challenge yourself to grow?  Dancing lessons, trekking in Nepal, a language or a hobby?  Is there something that you have stopped doing,  or would love to do?

Use any of these starters to help you:

  • I have always wanted to learn…
  • I used to really enjoy…
  • One thing I would really like to achieve is…
  • A thing I find difficult that I would like to master is…
  • A thing that I am naturally good at, but would be even better with lessons or a mentor is…
  • When I was younger I always imagined myself doing…
  • I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve always wanted to…
  • My real strength is in my ability to…
  • Everyone has something they are good at, a natural intelligence.  Mine is…

Spend time identifying your stresses.  Work out ways to limit these, or to better manage them.  Look into meditation, relaxation and yoga.  Be active in looking for solutions, and in asking for help.

Use these starters to explore what stresses you:

  • I often worry about…
  • I feel sick or anxious when I think about…
  • The thing I feel a constant pressure about is…
  • If we argue, it’s always about…
  • The area where I’m really ashamed of myself is…
  • The thing that embarrasses me the most is…
  • If I could change one thing it would be…
  • It would be such a relief if…
  • The thing that frustrates me and drives me crazy in my daily life is…
  • The thing I feel slipping away from me is…

Activity:

Make time to relax and/or meditate for ten minutes each day.

Read a good book, and make a list of others you would enjoy reading.

Clean out your filing cabinets, desk, old address books, bookcases, and anywhere notes, knowledge and ideas are stored.  Archive anything you need to hold onto by law, and refile or bin the rest.

Do something stimulating – learn to drum, do crosswords or take up knitting.  See a play, concert, gallery showing, or movie. Enrol in a cooking class or French lessons. Trust that if you look after your mind, stimulate it and challenge it, it will continue to serve you well throughout your life.

Journal for Clarity and Connection 1 – All about my Body

Week 1:  All About My Body

This week we are focussing on our physical bodies and all that entails for us.  Our plan is to understand and connect with our physical selves, a part of us often ignored as we rush through our busy lives.

Journaling Exercise:

Buy a journal if you don’t already have one..  Commit to writing a few pages every morning, and spend this time reflecting on what you like and dislike about your health and body.  Use any of these starters to help you:

  • When I tune into my body I feel…
  • The parts of me I have neglected are…
  • If my internal organs, and my body could talk, they would tell me that…
  • The sorts of movement my body enjoys are…
  • When I look at myself in the mirror I…
  • I would like to look at myself in the mirror and see…
  • When I eat…
  • It feels amazing to…
  • I look really great in…
  • I would feel better if…
  • There are a few things I need in order to look and feel my best.  They are…
  • People who could help me are…
  • A time in my life when I felt really good about my physical self was…
  • My body would love it if…
  • The things I am grateful to my physical body for are…

Read back over your journal in the evening. Use a highlighter to mark things that are important to you so you can form a clear idea of what changes you would like to make in your life.  Continue this exercise for the whole week, focusing on health, nutrition, clothing style, hair, makeup, sleep, exercise and well being.  Create lists and tasks to help you move your body to a place of wellness and feel-good.  Transfer your lists to a day planner or master list book, and begin to action them.

Activity:

Go for a walk each day, or do some form of exercise that refreshes you.  Clean out your fridge and kitchen cupboards, get rid of all the junk, and shop for healthy food.  Eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day, drink plenty of clean, fresh water, cut down on caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, processed food and sugar.

 

Sort out your wardrobe and bathroom cabinets.  Throw out old, broken, never used and low self-worth stuff.  Work out what you need to do to start looking and feeling better and add those things to your list!

Nurture your body with massages, baths, oils and lotions. Treat it to good eating, and gentle (or more rigorous if you’re up to it) movement. Tell your body often that you are grateful for all it does for you. Thank it and love it and appreciate it. Listen to it, and it will tell you what it needs!