A bunch of moments

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following tip has been shared by me in various posts but it still ranks predominately in my mind:

     The simplest way to begin is just write.

     Experts call this “stream of consciousness” style. The sentences may lack structure, have incorrect grammar and are not tagged. After you write some 30-40 entries, you could, if you wanted to, divide your thoughts into Tag Groups- Thoughts, Moments, Trips, Quotes, Personal, Reviews, pictures think Pinterest Boards.

     Additional Tips:

  1. Write when you are at the particular moment.
  2. Don’t edit.
  3. Cultivate an attitude of Gratitude.
  4. Write about nature and your feeling about the season you are in.
  5. Keep a list of music you like to listen to.
  6. if there is something you are struggling with, write about it in the 3rd person.
  7. Look for your inner light.

 

A Moment of your time, please….

Dear Fellow Journalers,

One of the hardest things you face when starting a Moment Journal is that you feel that what you might write is insignificant or that you’ll end up with mundane journal entries. You have to remember that in journaling your innermost thoughts you will remember what you once believed was of true value to you. Your journal will enable you to look back and understand how you evolved and developed as a person.

Little moments of joy are things you might possibly forget if you don’t write them down. For instance, a friend you haven’t seen in a long time comes to visit and gives you a huge heart-warming hug; or you see a spectacular sunset; or witness a gift of kindness shared between strangers. Whatever is happening to you at the moment is ok to journal.

What kind of journal do you need? I kept a small, lined notebook in my purse and one on the bed table so that I didn’t have to hunt for pen and paper.

There are two types of journaling that aid in the creation of Moment (Mindfulness) Journaling. One is Meditation Journaling. I touched on this topic in my previous posts. For this type you need a blank, un-lined journal or notebook. Write the date, name of the meditation practice and how long you meditated. Then you write how the practice went – what distractions you had, what you did about them, what positive factors (calmness, patience) were present.

Example: Mindfulness of breathing. 25 minutes. Hard to stay focused. Fell asleep. Feeling sad about family situation. Depressed and having insomnia issues.

     Some people find that Double-Entry Journaling is best for this type of experience. In this method you leave every second page blank in your journal. You write on the right-side of the page. Then when you do a weekly review you make notes on the left-side of the page. Those notes might include further reflections on some aspects of your experiences.

Tune in next week for tips/covers/pages etc.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

Your WOW moment

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There are certain moments in your life that have a profound transformative impact on you – the day you met your first true love, the time you met an author you admired, experienced a spiritual or religious awakening. These “wow” moments ‘knock us off our feet’ and  open our eyes to brand new worlds of possibilities. They don’t happen every day and their effects last for years. These moments, while fleeting, deserve to be held in places of honor your personal sanctuary your journal.

But just how do you write about such moments? Like everything else we’ve been journaling about, we begin with reflection. Start with listing all your ‘wow’ moments. Next read through your list and instinctively you’ll choose an event that is most important to you.

  1. On a new page, tell your story as if you were talking to a trusted friend.

  2. Set the scene by describing all the details you can remember – where you were, who was with you, how old were you, what events led you to this point.

  3. Write about the moment, making sure to note your feelings before, during and after.

  4. Why was this a “wow” moment for you? How did it change you? Are you a different person today because of it? Write your reflections.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

Living in the present moment

Dear Fellow Journalers,

What does living in the present moment really mean? Remember when you were in school and the teacher was calling the roll and you had to answer “I’m here?” Is that the same as being ‘in the moment’? Nope, not really.

Everyday and in every way we are present in our life but maybe our minds aren’t really with us. For example, it’s Sunday and you’re in Church and your pastor is speaking and you try to listen but that grocery list of things to do/buy/go  is rattling around in your head and you drift off. Are you present in Church?

Our minds have been programmed to think we always have to have something to do or somewhere to go even if we had planned to relax. We always have to be in control. Some of us, feel that we have to control others too. Have you ever just stopped and let go? You have to give up the unwillingness to let go of control and everything else that you’re hanging on to be in the present moment.

WOW! If you’re like most of us, giving up the idea of control is scary. You think to yourself ‘if I lose control of the situation what will happen?’ Maybe the outcome will be better than what you’ve been working on for so long. In any case, giving up of the actual control and the illusion of control can be life-affirming. Once you start experiencing freedom the world begins to change in front of you. Everyday is a new canvas. Everyday is a new journey.

There are thousands of relaxing techniques. I discussed some of them in my Mindfulness posts.  Here is a quick guided meditation to help you practice living in the present moment:

Sit in a chair that supports your back.

Put both feet on the floor.

Relax you face and neck.

Let your arms rest comfortably in your lap.

Feel your breath going in and out of your body.

Focus on the silence.

Do this for 5 minutes. ( I use a silent timer to do this.)

Now whatever comes into your mind, brush it aside to deal with it later.

Do this for 5 minutes.

Bring your mind back to stillness and open your eyes.

 

Give yourself some time and then, if you wish, write about your experience of your moment in your journal.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

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