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Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 2:23 pm
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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! 

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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.  
https://juliacameronlive.com/b…..ing-pages/

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Wonderful! Thank you. I think her recommendations would work really well for someone who is highly Mercurial. 

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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!)

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NMC, thank you for this link (and thanks to LN and posters for this topic)

I used JC’s book many many years ago (10+) and what a treat. I’m slowing watching this video (RB is turning up/developing beautifully, I wonder if Cap or Saturn – getting better with time theme – is prominent – know he’s a Sun Gemini)

I’ll use her exercises and check out 750words too.

Kept all my diaries from the past although I’m not consistent…yet I’ve journaled on and off since age 12. (Mercury strong and Gemini planets.)

Haven’t  got much time hence the use of initials!

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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.

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Julia Cameron and Barbara Sher are great coaches for folks like me who have Saturn in Leo and/or Saturn in 5th house. They teach you how to create and write freely, loosen up, tame the ego. 

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I really adore Garance Dorè. I won’t bore you with details but she is a talented illustrator and design person. Here is her insta video about journaling. I liked her refreshing candidness. 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/gara…..ore/?hl=en

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Awesome! Will check it out thank you! 

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This is like journaling mini: anagrams. Ill do this if I don’t want to dig super deep but just want to kind of give my mind something to focus on thats healthy and it kind of honors a principle or ideal that I want to embody. An example:

Levitating

Over 

Vast 

Expanses 

 


P
erpetual

Oneness

Wherever

Eternity

Reverberates

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This is such a relevant topic, particularly during these times. Journaling is one of the most valuable activities we can do to sustain or improve our emotional/mental well being. Even though I know this and advise this to others, I  am guilty of not consistently taking time out to write and reflect upon my self, and my own thoughts/ feelings.

During this crazy pandemic period, I have been suffering from extreme cognitive fatigue. By not journaling I have allowed myself to become overloaded (mentally) and overwhelmed (emotionally). Consequently my judgement has been off, I am not always able to think clearly, and I’m doing silly things like forgetting to put the milk back in the fridge and throwing new stuff in the bin. I am disappointed in myself for neglecting my own emotional/ mental wellbeing. I shouldn’t have let it get to this point.

Last night I hopped back on the bandwagon of journaling. I spewed out all the garbage that was filling my mind. I then read what I wrote from a place of objectivity through imagining I was not “me” but instead a loving friend. Through doing this, I was able to advise myself on what alternative behaviour I could engage in to alleviate my pain.

One major piece of advice was to minimise, with a view to even eliminate, my obsessive preoccupation with political and medical covid breakthroughs/updates. Media/news for me personally is a poison ☠️ on this 3D realm. I was feeling fine till I began to read 24/7 articles. Whenever I feel like peeping at a news site, I’m going to try and resist the urge by playing some nice music or looking at scenic, relaxing pictures etc.. I realise because this has become habitual, I will make mistakes. I already went into the covid thread here 🙂, today. It was a lighthearted topic so that’s ok.

I also use journaling to make decisions. I have a pro and a con column and add up the points. Sometimes I even add a numerical value next to each point giving weight to each value.

Another practice I like, is to randomly write out all of my thoughts and feelings and then organise them under the headings of Love and Fear. This shows me what I need to let go of 🌈

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Awesome tips. I really like the one about Love/Fear. 

As far as news, Ive found that catching up every OTHER day is enough to stay informed but have some time to let my own mind be free and/or process what I’ve heard. Maybe that could work for you? 

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Yes, absolutely. Sometimes when I have cleared my head I will encounter somebody who hasn’t. We really have to wear that protective shield of light.

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I actually think most of my journals are filled with affirmations. 

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