Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mapping the Inner Journey - journaling as meditation

photo credit: Red Dragonfly's blog

Today I came across the lovely creative expression of Julie Hamilton, Life Coach and Creative Expression Facilitator, otherwise known as The Red Dragonfly. She voices what I have been yearning for: how to discover and honor the creative process to live our lives with wisdom. She has some very special classes, worksops and ideas that are soul inspiring. Thank you so much Julie for your gift of creativity and love!

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us.

In working through challenges, it can be helpful to first empty all worries from our heads onto the safe pages of our journal. Fears can be brought to light rather than allowing them to haunt the dark corners of our subconscious. We may even feel heaviness dissipate once our heads are free from clutter, leaving space for inspiration and the creation of positive images in their place. Often in the process of writing out all the details of an event that troubles us, something that had been forgotten will come to the surface, providing a missing piece of the puzzle. Then we can truly begin to come up with answers, and write them down beside the worries to map the way from concern to constructive thought.

For capturing guidance and flashes of inspiration, journaling is ideal. This is especially true in the case of dreams, which often fade as we awaken. While working toward goals, keeping track of progress as well as guidance from readings or divination tools can be encouraging. Though it can be difficult to keep all of our guidance in the front of our minds, if we write it down it can serve as a reminder whenever we need it. We can also use our journals to converse with our higher selves or even the universe. Journaling offers yet another way to unburden mind and spirit, while also creating a record of the present and preserving our hopes and dreams for the future.

Thank you Daily Om!

1 comment:

reddragonflystudio said...

Happy Happy Joy Joy! Thanks Zinnia for mentioning all the things we are offering to help women connect to their own unique creative expression.

The Juicy Soul Retreats will be held a few times a year. The demand is growing and we are falling more in love with what women discover in each workshop.

Then next one is October 11th and the one after that is November 15th