Sunday, June 12, 2016
Yep, that's it.
I am making a pledge to journal every morning for 40 consecutive days, and I will chart my progress on here. Of course, I journal 4 or 5 times a week as it is, but I want to explore this as a creative and spiritual discipline and see where it might take me.
We need to create a habit of journal writing.
I would invite you to join me, from today, in your own 40-day challenge of journal writing.
The best thing about a challenge is that, if the well really is dry, we can write about that very sense of not knowing what to do.
But in our creative life there is always something to write about – some challenge, some question, some joy, some realisation.
If we are on the creative path, every day offers a new insight – at the very least a sentence we can write.
Even if we did a sentence a day – what a fascinating 40 sentences that would be!
But I would urge you to consider 40 days, 5 minutes a day, simply asking the page: what do I need to know right now?
There is no right or wrong answer!
Sometimes our creative spirit is expressed in the quotidian. Perhaps the very best and most powerfully creative thing you could do that day is the ironing – it’s been piling up for days.
But write about how you feel – what were your thoughts during the ironing? How might we have made it a creative task? Or perhaps it already was?
Monday, June 6, 2016
Sometimes our challenges really build up and begin to suffocate us.
And sometimes we are not in a position to share these worries with other people. Sometimes sharing them with others is not the right thing to do.
But we can always share them with our journal.
Write down a few sentences about a challenge you are currently facing in your life.
Write down the principal emotions that challenge evokes in you.
Can you turn this challenge into a question? Or is there some specific element you need to work out? Write it down.
Now lets sit together in meditation for a few minutes, our eyes closed, asking ourselves that question, looking for answers. But please just stay in meditation – no writing anything down.
Keep asking yourself that question, over and over. It is your mantra, your koan.
Now write down any responses or answers you received. They don’t have to make sense. They don’t have to be the perfect answer, or any answer at all. Just write down what came to you as you sat with that question.
Were you prompted to take some action?
I want you to review the observations that come to you during this process. What doesn’t make sense today may be perfectly clear in two days time.
These responses have come from somewhere deep inside you – or perhaps outside of you.
Either way, this is a process that makes you realise that your journal is an invaluable practical friend. And it will never get bored with your silly questions – and it cant be hurt by your doubts or annoyed by your anxieties.