I thought it would be cool to have a place to share journaling practices and/or exercises to help eachother.
Saturn recently went into my second house. The one I was inspired to this morning has to do with values. I did two columns. One was the the things I value. I put things like respect, gentleness, authenticity. Then in the other column I asked myself, if I was living in alignment with these values. Was I practicing them? I realized that when the answer was “needs work”, were the places in my life I felt bad. And it occurred to me that the level at which I was living up to my own values, was in direct correlation to my happiness in those areas. (Wish this was taught to kids in school. Can you imagine?!)
So thats just one, I thought Id share. If anyone else has some to share I would love to hear them!
At times, especially returning to journalling after a hiatus, i start up with Morning Pages a la Julia Cameron. This has a person doing 3 pages of free form, Stream of consciousness at the same time each morning.
Wonderful! Thank you. I think her recommendations would work really well for someone who is highly Mercurial.
I wish I had something interesting to share, but alas I don't...
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts in this practice.
Your exercise on values is very interesting. I might try it, but a bit afraid of disappointing myself!!!!!
Thanks also to tcd7 concerning Julia Cameron. I'd forgotten about her - I think I bought her book but never read it! Maybe I'll find it again.
I write stuff down in a notebook everyday, it's like talking to myself. I very rarely reread. I'm not to sure why I do this. Just the physical act of writing by hand is something I think I need. My job used to have a good portion of manual work, but now I do everything on computer - guess I miss using my hands.
Russell Brand just did an interview with her!
One nice tool to do the 3-pages-a-day journaling (or any type, really) is 750words.com. You can create an account there, and after you write an entry, it can show you what themes you focused on and what your mood likely was when you wrote it, etc. It is password-protected, so you have privacy. You can also look up old entries from a few years ago. (That is eye-opening!)