Daily Soul Writing for your Spiritual Journey

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.  Martin Luther

Thank you for joining me in week two of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. This week is soul writing, also known as journaling.

The tool for week one was meditation. Check out How to Create a Solid Mediation Practice if you missed it. Hands down, soul writing and meditation have been the most powerful tools for my own soul work.

Why do I call it soul writing instead of keeping a journal?

Because for me, the quickest way to discover what my soul truly wants is to start writing. Soul writing has always been my default resource when life has me confused.

As a young teenager I kept a diary. Later in my teen years and through my early twenties, I wrote poetry. In my mid-thirties, when I wanted children and my husband didn’t, I wrote letters to my deceased best friend.

It wasn’t until my forties, when my marriage was coming undone, that I started keeping a journal. My soul writing took off like a rocket!

Writing is the indelible fingerprint of my soul on paper.   Michelle L. Buckley

There is no one right way to begin soul writing.

Keeping and maintaining a soul writing practice is a very personal activity. What might feel perfect for one person could feel awkward for someone else.

Almost anything is fair game. You may wish to start by simply recording your thoughts and ideas with a daily entry. Or you could use your journal to release strong emotions you have trouble expressing otherwise.

I have also read about “dump” journaling, where you write very fast and fill the pages with whatever is in your head. The goal here is to clear the clutter from your mind before sleeping or meditation.

My soul likes to write letters, prayers and ask questions. I write letters to God, Universe, Source, whatever you prefer, they are all the same to me.

I write letters to my self, my inner child, my deceased loved ones and to people who are alive and well, but will very likely never get to read what I’ve written.

Expressing gratitude in your journal is a fabulous practice, especially if you can do it daily. Many people keep a separate journal or notebook just for this purpose. I posted my gratitude journal for four weeks last fall.

Soul writing can be more beneficial than talking to your best friend.

When you are soul writing, no opinions matter except your own. You cannot be swayed by someone else’s thoughts on any given subject.

No one is going to judge you for your soul writing. God already knows. The only advice you can expect will be divinely placed on the page.

Write whatever you need to write. There is nothing taboo here. If you can feel it, think it, or wish it, then it is perfectly acceptable and appropriate. No matter what It is.

The more important question is, if you are feeling or thinking something that makes you uncomfortable, why? And where does it stem from? This is what soul writing can help you discover.

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.   Natalie Goldberg

Daily Soul Writing for your Spiritual Journey

How can you get started with your own soul writing?

I’m glad you asked. I have some great suggestions! Just so you know, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase a product though a link in this post.

I consider this a win, win, win, win situation. You get a wonderful product, I get a small commission, Amazon gets their sale and in this case, the author does as well.

First, I am going to recommend a book called Writing down your soul by Janet Conner. Janet originally wanted to call this book Dear God, so you can see why it was exactly what I was looking for.

In this book Janet provides unlimited subjects for your soul writing and she tells her story of transformation as well.

She also introduces affirmations, mirror work and laws of attraction. All tools I will write about in the coming weeks. Her Prayer Sandwich is pure genius and she will guide through every step.

Also available is a companion journal, My soul pages. I used this cute little journal to start my soul writing while reading her book and I really enjoyed it. Janet has inspirational quotes and poems scattered throughout the journal pages. I love this sort of thing, it makes my heart smile.

The only caveat is that I had the journal filled from front to back in less than two months. So you decide what is right for you, all that is really required for soul writing is a notebook.

What if I don’t like to write?

Well, I have you non-writers covered as well. You can also gain access to your true desires through other creative avenues.

Maybe you like to draw or paint. Then I would suggest keeping a sketch journal, even if you don’t believe you have great talent. You do! This is only for you anyway.

I keep a dream journal on my nightstand. This does require some writing, but it is predetermined. Simply jot down what you remember of the previous night’s dreams.

And lastly, I saw this great little journal in the bookstore called Wreck this journal. I love this idea! This is perfect for the non-writer out there who still wants to try keeping a journal.

The author, Keri Smith, encourages journalers to engage in harmless destructive acts such as poking holes in pages, painting the page with coffee (or your favorite beverage) and coloring outside the lines. Creative expression at it’s best.

I keep imagining how satisfying it would be to stab my journal page over and over again, with my pen tip, of course, if I was angry about something. The goal is to allow yourself to feel the feeling or think the thoughts and then release them. I think this would work.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four  – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soulwork – find peace inside of you

Have you ever just looked around at your life and wondered “How did I get here?” I think most of us probably have at one time or another. This question hit me hard about six months ago. And it wasn’t the first time for me.

I was humming along just fine, happy and grateful for all of the blessings in my life, when something inside me shifted. The outer forces that may have contributed to my shift were that my fiftieth birthday was fast approaching and I had been laid off from the job I love due to lack of work coming in.

My transformation had begun. Who am I? Who do I really want to be? Is this the life I was meant to live? Who do I show to the world? What do I hide and why? Do I have a deeper purpose? I started using Google search like a magic eight ball. Every question that popped into my head, I threw at the search bar.

I couldn’t get enough information. I suddenly wanted to learn and know everything there is to know. I buried myself in a huge pile of books. I started journaling again. Why did I stop? Writing has always gotten me through life’s biggest challenges.

I started meditating and I was completely and pleasantly surprised at how great I started to feel shortly after beginning. I started remembering my dreams, so I now keep a dream journal on the night stand, next to my bed. I began taking nature walks that provide me with a powerful connection to life on this planet.

The answers started coming. I was led to books and people and blogs that could help me on my way. I would find one awesome resource that would lead to another, and that one to another after that.

I started listening to my intuition and taking actions I had previously feared. I ended a long-term relationship that wasn’t serving either of us, willing and longing to be alone so that I could truly discover the real me that lay under the layers of guilt, insecurity and repression.

We walk around blindfolded, unable to see our true reality. Everyone is searching for something. Everyone is trying to fill some hole inside of themselves. But when we are willing to look, very deep inside of ourselves, we will find the answers. The answers that can open our hearts and free our minds.

We are more than what we think we are!

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. All of the answers to all of the questions can be found within ourselves, if we are willing to search the depths of our soul. You have the power to be more!

The ego, or who you perceive yourself to be, is a master at blocking your soulwork and discovery of your authentic self. It will make excuses, fill you with fear and stop you from moving forward. The ego needs to be understood so that it can work for you, rather than against you.

Everything started moving in the right direction for me when I realized, without a doubt, that the only way I would truly be able to love others unconditionally was to somehow learn to love myself in that very way. Being able to accomplish this one task was the key difference between this journey and past self discovery missions.

When you can embrace EVERYTHING that you are, miracles happen. I realized, with great clarity, that we are all interconnected by the fabric of life. There is no separation between you and me. We are one. We are the same. When I look at you, I am looking in a mirror. If I see anything I don’t like, it is simply a reflection of myself. Something I must work on to improve.

When you love yourself, you love life, all of life, everything and everyone in it. You stop seeking to find happiness from external sources. Life loves you back. You will begin to attract the things that are required for you to shine your light on the world.

There is no one else quite like you. The world wants you just as you are. Fly your freak flag high in the air. Celebrate your weird, embrace your inner nerd, give your cat lady self a little kiss. You are already perfect.

Smile and hugs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to live a happy life – 13 actions you can take today

I originally intended for this article to be a list of fifteen actions you can take today to live a happier life, but with today being Friday the thirteenth, I thought a list of thirteen might be more appropriate. Enjoy.

1.  Practice Gratitude

It is so easy to take the beauty in life for granted. It seems sometimes that we are built for negativity. Practicing gratitude can be a powerful way to realize how wonderful your life already is. It’s not always easy to feel authentically grateful, especially if things aren’t going your way. The good news is that gratitude can be learned. You can fake it until you make it.

I challenge you to practice gratitude for thirty days. Start a gratitude journal and each morning, for thirty days, list three new things in life that you are thankful for. It can be something huge like divine guidance or something small like warm socks or anything in between. If you would like to see my gratitude journal, it will be posted weekly, for a limited time, on this blog. At the end of your challenge, I would love to know if this practice improved your life and how.

2. Practice Forgiveness

Forgiveness will set you free. Holding a grudge only hurts the person choosing to hold it. Why spend your precious energy all worked up over something you can’t change. The past is done, there is no undoing it. You can’t change the fact that you have been hurt and you can’t force anyone else to change their mind or behavior. What you do have some control over is your own thoughts and actions. Rather than wallowing in your own hostility, why not change the way you think about the situation. Wish your adversary love. Pray for them.

The most important person for you to forgive, is you, and this is often the most difficult task to accomplish. If you can forgive and love yourself, you will find it much easier to forgive others in your life as well.

One good way to get started is to send love and blessings to one person or thing that is irritating you each day. This can be yourself, someone else or not even a person at all. I list mine right after the three things I am grateful for in my journal. Repetition is encouraged on this practice as it may take some time to truly forgive the hurt that runs deep. You will be training your brain by doing this practice daily and it does work.

3. Write your stories.

Start a journal. Writing can be a very powerful tool for healing. Spill your emotions and fears onto the pages in whatever way feels therapeutic to you.  Write poems, write stories, write letters you will never send. Try writing a letter to God, the Universe or your higher self. If you can’t take the chance of someone finding your written words, feel free to burn the page when you are done. What is important is that you release what is bottled inside of you.

4. Learn to say no and yes.

It is time to start saying no to people, events and things that drain you of your life force. It is not your responsibility to deal with other peoples issues. Take care of yourself first. Ask yourself “Am I doing this out of love or out of fear?” For example, are you doing someone a favor because you love them and are happy to help or are doing it because you are afraid the person will think less of you if you don’t? Choose love.

It is time to say yes to your life. Yes to contining to learn everyday. Yes to new experiences. Yes to change. Yes to the things you love. Yes to your intuition and yes to the power of believing in you!

5. Meditate

Start a daily meditation practice. I cannot tell you how much this has helped me to be present, see clearly and remain calm. We spend most of our time either dwelling on the past or looking to the future. The past is over. The future doesn’t exist yet. Now is all that matters. Meditation can teach you to focus on now. A large commitment of time is not required. You can experience the benefits in as little as ten minutes a day. There are many phone apps available for guided meditation. Play around and find something that fits your style. Give it a try.

6. Get out in nature

Go for a walk, or a run or maybe just sit under a tree. Feel the force that connects everything on this planet. Look with wonder at all that you see. Get grounded by walking barefoot on the sand or the grass. Get your toes, or your hands, wet in the stream or the lake. Listen to the wind, the birds, the gravel beneath your feet. Drink it all in. Unplug for just a little while each day. It will be worth it.

7. Do nice things for yourself

Make your happiness a priority. It isn’t selfish to take care of you for a change. In fact, I think it’s necessary if you want to stay healthy. Take the time you need to do the things on this list. You are worth it. Treat yourself to a massage or a little gift, something you’ve had your eye on. Take a class or go out with friends. Indulge in a bit of self-love.

8. Give

It is better to give than to receive. It has been proven that people tend to feel better about themselves if they give to others in need. I personally believe that the more you give, the more you get. The time is always now, even if you feel like you don’t have enough to spead around. No matter what my situation is, I am generous with what I have, there is always someone else who needs more than I do. So donate your money, your time or your stuff. Feel those good vibrations!

9. Spend some time alone

This is never a problem for me. I love my time by myself. Some of you may feel the same way. There is a trick to this, though. You need to be alone without distraction. Yep, that means no television, no texting, no social media. Most people will find it extremely difficult to just be still and quiet with themselves. The reason we are uncomfortable with this is because we will be forced to listen to our own thoughts. When you engage in this practice, be kind to yourself. Remember to practice forgiveness as you do this as well.

There is no better way to become aware of your thoughts and what is truly important to you than being alone without anyone else to influence what is on your mind. If you want to expand on this experience, take a trip by yourself. Go away for a couple of days and only do what you want to do. If this scares you, you may want to ask yourself why.

10. Trust your instincts

Many of us are not willing to act on our instincts or intuition.  We don’t trust ourselves. We may be afraid of failing or of what other people might think of what we are doing. Your intuition is what your soul wants, what your heart desires, it is your higher self giving you inspiration. When you ignore your intuition, you turn your back on your authentic self. Don’t feed your fears. Trust your intuition.

11. Embrace your demons

Have you hugged your demons today? We all have a dark side. If you have taken some of the actions listed above, you may be seeing some of yours by now. This is key to learning self-love. There are parts of ourselves that may be difficult to love, like, or even admit to.  The first step here is awareness. What are you ashamed of? What makes you angry or sad? What are afraid to talk about openly? It may be uncomfortable to acknowledge at first, but it will become easier with time.

The next step is acceptance. No one is perfect. We all have flaws. These perceived imperfections are necessary to the human experience. They are something we all share. Without our darkness, our light would not shine. To experience wholeness you must accept all of yourself.

Finally, it’s time to embrace. Release your shame, your anger, sadness and jealousy by gently trying to see it’s source. Where does it come from? Do not judge yourself. Treat your demons with compassion and understanding.

12. Chase your joy

One of my definitions of joy is watching my son grow, learn and develop in his own way. Another is being curled up with a great book, hot coffee, a blanket and a vibrating cat on my lap. I feel calm, at peace, like everything is right in the world.

What brings you joy? Once you define what that is, start using your energy to chase your joy. My home is rarely as clean as it used to be. Cleaning does not bring me joy. My time is better spent on things that do.

13. Walk into your fear

Whatever you are most afraid of, is what you should be paying the most attention to. Our conscious mind will always choose fear to block us from true awareness. Your authentic gifts can be revealed by facing what scares you. Walk into your fear. Walk into your greatness!

Happy Friday the thirteenth to you!!