Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Journaling, Inspiration from Your Pen


I am convinced that my personal inspirational path must include journaling and meditation. I am far from perfect in these practices, but I know the importance of both, in living my life to the fullest.

Jan has been remarkably helpful in both journaling and meditation. I often wonder why my daughter is so much smarter and more disciplined than I am. Over the years she has gifted me with beautiful journaling books in which to write. I have written many pages, but there are some empty pages as well.

I have a wonderful book, sitting on my desk, as I write. It is called, “The Artist’s Way,” by Julia Cameron. This, once again, was a gift from Jan. In Ms. Cameron’s book she writes about the importance of what she calls, ‘morning pages’. She suggests you write three pages, each morning, about whatever comes to your mind. 

Some years ago I attended a Writer’s Workshop, led by a marvelous teacher. At the start of each session, we were instructed to write for 10 minutes, about anything that came to mind. I still have my 10 minute writings and it is enlightening to read them ten or so years later. I find that both the ‘morning pages’ and the ‘ten minute writing’ exercises are a good way to begin journaling.

Congratulations, if you are already journaling.  If you are thinking about starting to journal, Welcome.

By Lois Jamieson

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