Dear Fellow Journalers,
When you write in a Mindfulness Journal you are already moving toward the practice of mindfulness. You observe your feelings in real-time, paying attention about your thoughts and not challenging them.
As you become adept at practicing awareness and living in the moment, you’ll naturally want to write out your thoughts. Some people can start with a prompt to inspire them. The main thing is to begin with the same intention that is a the crux of all mindfulness practice stay present and fully aware.
a) Decide how much time you want to spend writing your entries.
b) Write, don’t edit. “Stream of consciousness” writing allows you to access the part of you that lets you experience your life moment to moment.
c) If you do re-read your journal posts, do so without criticism. If you write long enough, you’ll begin to see patterns in your life. You’ll see what emotions or distractions consume you while you meditate. You’ll be able to see how mindfulness has changed your relationship with stress, difficult people, problem solving and the balance of your life.
d) When you write note the date, name of meditation practice you used that day and how long you meditated. Then write your comments on your experiences, what you used to re-focus and what you felt.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. What did I notice and how am I feeling about my meditation?
2. What am I feeling in this moment?
3. What is bothering me?
4. What are my strengths?
5. I want to thank …..
6. People always…..
7. I would like to volunteer my time today doing….
8. I remember….
9. I’m really afraid of ….
10. I don’t want to write today because…
There are many books, web sites and videos for Mindfulness. Here are a few resources I would like to share:
www. headspace.com turns your tablet/phone info into a guided meditation
www. mediationstudio.com step by step course available to apple app store
http://www.balanced.com app to track your life’s goals available to apple app store
check out my blog post on 4/16/16
“Wherever you go, there you are. Mindfulness meditation in Everyday Life”
“Journaling with Jesus” Laurie Snyman
“Mindfulness made simple” Calistoga Press
“Mindfulness, Meditation and Mind Fitness” Joel and Michelle Levey
“Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and your life” by Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Peace is every step. The Path of Mindfulness in everyday life” by Thichi Nhat Hanh
May Peace and Joy fill your life.
‘Til next time,