Do you journal?
When I was younger I wrote in my diary every night before bed. As I got older I stopped writing because I was "busy". Anyone else?
I'm super excited to have reconnected with this practice. I always find journalling a calming experience and helps me to focus my mind on the "good stuff".
So let's take a peak at my daily journal...
Of course, I always include the date (Month, Day, Year), but I also like to add in the moon phase and the weather. Looking back at old journals, I notice that the weather and the moon phase can affect my mood as well as what I write about! If it's a rainy, dreary day I might spend some more time "finding the good"--more on that later! (Ladies, I also include my cycle since it tends to ALSO affect my mood.)
As a magic lover, I'm always pulling a tarot or oracle card of the day, some times more if it's a full moon/etc.
I'm currently loving The Universe Has your Back oracle cards. I tend to use these as my page starter to set the tone. I am also working my way through the Isis Oracle deck & book which has some great meditations and more to try! As for Tarot I like to use the Tarot to Go, because it travels easy.
After my card pulls, I spend a few minutes reviewing what each card means--intuitively and by re-reading the card descriptions. Then I'll add key words that relate to my current life situations. For example, if I drew the Tower card there's probably some change on it's way to get ready for or new beginnings associated with the Death card.
The bulk of my journalling comes in what I call "Finding the Good". Since science tells us our brains are wired to remember the negative, I like to spend some time reminding myself of all the good that happened that day. I used to only list "3 good things", but why limit ourselves?!
Finding the Good might look something like this:
Received a compliment on my outfit today. Had a good cuddle session with the new kitten, Pip. Working on a new exciting project at work. Walked outside in the sunshine. Met my sister for coffee.
You know, all the good things that give you that warm fuzzy feeling!
Some days I dive deep into some tarot pulls or a new idea for a yoga sequence, but most days are short entries hitting just the above items. I find that if I keep it short I can stay committed to the daily practice. Do you include other inspirations in your daily journalling? I would love to hear about it in the comments section below.
P.S. - If you're in the U.S., have a safe and fun Fourth of July!