Covid-19 Prompts for October

Dear Fellow Journalers,

5 timely prompts for this month:

  • What do I know to be true that I didn’t know a year ago?
  • If someone described me, what would they say?
  • When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
  • Why am I doing “x”?
  • What can wait until next week?

~Sallie

September Journal Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

September always signifies the end of summer and  beginning of autumn. The end of blissful summer beach days, cool evening breeze drifting by and family barbecues. The beginning of school days, New things to learn, crisp fall days and crunchy colorful leaves on the ground.

So it’s no wonder, that this month, so full of contradictions, should beg us journalists to expand our world of writing.

Rachael Wolchin wrote “Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you may stick with someone for a lifetime.”

September prompts are as follows:

  • What do you want to do this month?What are you looking forward to?
  • What did you watch on TV this week?Any new shows that caught your attention?
  • Write 3 things that you’re grateful for today.
  • What did you learn today?
  • Did you share something with someone today?
  • What happened to your goals for this month?

~Sallie

Self Discovery Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There’s a line from one of my favorite stories that goes like this:

“Be gentle with his feelings”

Sometimes, in the throes of grief, despair, anger, loneliness we attack ourselves and others. A journal of self discovery can help us sort through the many layers of one’s life and create a safe place to vent. By being gentle with ourselves we can become a better person.

Some prompts for self-love are:

  • What good habit do you want to begin this month?
  • What do you  need to start saying “yes” to?
  • What do you need to forgive yourself for?
  • What is your biggest struggle of loving yourself? And finally,
  • Find a verse, poem or quote that inspires you in your current situation and write it down. Repeat it every day this month.

~Sallie

Prompts and Resources

Dear Fellow Journalers,

quiet-the-mind-meditation

     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.

Some tips:

     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…

~~~Resources~~~

     There are many books, web sites and videos for Mindfulness. Here are a few resources I would like to share:

Apps

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

Blogs

http://www.bayart.org/2016/09/16-meditation-quotes-that-will-change-the-way-meditation-vibrates-inside-you/

check out my blog post on 4/16/16

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwkbm_vjc

http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Oprah-and-Jon-Kabat-Zinn-practicing-mindfulness

Other sites

www.copperbeachinstitute.org

https://uniquelyyourscraftjournal.com/2016/04/15/labrynth/

Books

“Wherever you go, there you are. Mindfulness meditation in Everyday Life”

                                                                                    Jon Kabat-Zinn

“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,

~Sallie

List It!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I thought that this month, I’d change things up a bit. July’s prompts are actually writing seeds from a class I took some years ago. Hope you like them:

List It!

     Make a list of writing “seeds”. Under each category, make your own list. This doesn’t have to be done at one sitting, and it doesn’t have to be static. It can change and grow as you do. Use it as a jumping off point to spark your creativity.

Significant people in my life

What fascinates me

Fears

Favorite foods

Certain smells

Memorable meals

Family stories

Regrets

Accomplishments

Unfinished business

     Under each category, make a list of things off the top of your head. Take just a minute or two. This should give you a little subject matter. Whenever you’re stuck, get out your list and pick something or add something. As years trudge on, the list will grow and change – just like you.

“Til next time,

~Sallie

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