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

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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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Prompts

Prompts

Dear Fellow Crafters/ Journalers,

     In this post we’ll talk about the dreaded blank page. Writers call these bits of thought  prompts. My suggestion is to create a Prompt Jar and write down all the prompts you see below (and as the year goes on, I’ll send you more!) and put the pieces of paper in your jar. When you get stuck, pull out one or two and start writing. To create a Prompt Jar you can use an empty Yankee Candle Jar. I can send you the link, if you are interested.

     The category list is long and the March Prompt list is at the bottom.

  1. Weekend Scribblings
  2. Lists
  3. Confessions
  4. Quotes
  5. The most …..
  6. My Bucket List
  7. Visual
  8. Musical
  9. 3 Things
  10. 100 things I love
  11. Traditions
  12. It’s over
  13. Letter writing
  14. Momentous occasions
  15. My Life Story
  16. Double Dare Me
  17. Feel free to add

March Prompts

  •      Dear Past Me
  •      My favorite book list
  •      The most fun I ever had as a kid
  •      3 things I absolutely must have to create a card
  •      My favorite Irish …..

 

~Sallie

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