Health and Wellbeing, Journaling

FIFTEEN minutes and THREE words!

𝙁𝙄𝙁𝙏𝙀𝙀𝙉 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙏𝙃𝙍𝙀𝙀 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨!

 

That’s all it took!

Well that and a final sentence, but those three words were instrumental!

I wrote last week about how I was invited to a share some of my work at a Wellness Hub where there were lots of other practitioners of different healing modalities. None had really used a journal in the way I have developed before so I took them through a FIFTEEN MINUTE exercise which involved remembering an incident that had triggered difficult emotions for them.

They then wrote THREE WORDS related to those emotions, and I took them through a guided meditation/visualisation to release those emotions.

 

And they finished by writing a sentence to describe how they felt about the situation now.

 

I had so many come up to me at end of the session to say how empowering it was to let go of those emotions and that they hadn’t realised they’d held onto them.

 

One person told me that she realised that the experience she had used during the exercise had unconsciously triggered emotions from past experiences that had nothing to do with her life now but she that she was obviously still holding onto them.

 

𝘈𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘶𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵-𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘦 𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮.


The first series will be in person and local to me but I am considering running them as online courses.

 

STAY TUNED for more info!
 

 

Health and Wellbeing, Journaling, Uncategorized

What do I need right now?

What do I need right now?

That was one of the questions I asked myself while in the depths of despair.

It was a turning point for me.

In my journaling and in my life.Up until that point I had used my journal as emotional dump. It was filled with angst ridden diatribes. There were days when the pages were torn from the furious strokes of my pen, or my writing was illegible because the ink had run as the tears were streaming and soaking the paper. 

At times, it seemed like I was going round in never ending circles.  Yes, I was recognising my emotions, I was getting them out onto paper but I wasn’t doing anything else with them. 

They just sat there and were starting to make me dread journaling as I knew it would just be more of the same.

𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥, 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮, 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥 ” 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸?”

I listened, and wrote that question down in my journal and answered it.

That’s when I started to use my journal as a tool of enquiry and everything changed. More questions would pop into my mind and I would write them in my journal and as I wrote the answers to my problems revealed themselves. The reasons behind my anxiety, my depression, who that critical inner voice really belonged to and I was able to make changes and find solutions.

It wasn’t immediate, nothing ever is.

There were still days of ranting and weeping over my journal but they became fewer and farther between.

My journal now was a place of hope and answers. Some of the answers were scary, some of the truths I didn’t want to acknowledge but I kept going.

Looking back now, I think the questions were always there at the back of mind, I just wasn’t ready to listen to my inner guidance, to hear the solutions.

Now I want to help you, to give you the external guidance I didn’t have, to hold your hand and lead you gently towards your own solutions and the changes you need to make. If that is something that appeals then join the waitlist for my membership site.

Health and Wellbeing, Journaling, Uncategorized

Repetition is powerful!

Repetition is powerful

Which is why so many coaches/therapists/mentors go on about using affirmations to reprogram your subconscious and change how you see, and feel about, yourself.

But you can be resistant to affirmations, the power of your own thoughts and beliefs can overrule them without you even realising this is what you are doing.

Because you don’t recognise or understand your thought patterns or beliefs.

Maybe you’ve never really sat with them, examined them and sought out their roots.

You are trying to change your life without understanding what got you here.

Without understanding what perpetuates the cycle.

𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁!

It may well seem like you’re going round in circles when you first start.

But if you stay with it, continue, you will begin to see the patterns in the thoughts and the beliefs that you hold that hold you where you are in life.

How you talk to yourself is integral to how you live your life, how you express yourself and the things you do or don’t do. 

But you often don’t see or understand how you talk to yourself as it is so familiar and your “norm” and repetitive!

Writing down your innermost thoughts gives you a completely different perspective and highlights where you are sabotaging yourself.

Once you identify those thoughts and beliefs you can work on changing them to ones that support you.

This is where the affirmations can come in and where that repetition will have the most power because you know what you are trying to change, you understand what is not serving you and you are ready for the changes.  You are using repetition to address old repetitive patterns and can target them specifically.

Health and Wellbeing, Journaling, Spirituality, Uncategorized

Want to know how you can you change how you feel with just THREE WORDS?

Want to know how you can change the way you feel with Three Words?

So you don’t journal.

 

𝗜𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴!

 

So why would you want to start?

And write pages every day!

Well you don’t have to write pages.

In fact you can achieve insights with only a few words.

A few weeks ago I was invited to share an exercise at a wellness hub. I only had 15 minutes to showcase what I do and impart my wisdom to the participants.

Some of them had never used a journal before.

We didn’t have time to talk about how to start or what to write so I took them on a short guided meditation to get them into a space of calm and clarity

 

then I asked them to think of an expereince over the last few days that had caused them to feel sad, angry upset or any other difficult emotion

 

then we wrote

 

𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐒

 

yes you read that right!

 

𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐒 that came to them when they allowed themselves to feel into that emotion

 

whatever three words popped into the heads, no overthinking or analysing.

Once they had their three words, I took them back into meditation where we released the emotions,

 

we visualised letting go,

 

we used the paper we had written on

 

some visualised it burning

 

some scrunched and tore it up

 

some were able to just allow the words to float away

 

others imagined erasing the words.

Then we wrote a single sentence to describe how we felt about the situation now.

I had so many come up to me at end of the session to say how empowering it was to let go of those emotions and that they hadn’t realised they’d held onto them.

 

One person told me that she realised that the experience she had used during the exercise had unconsciously triggered emotions from past experiences that had nothing to do with her life now but she that she was obviously still holding onto them.
 

All from 𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐒 and a sentence.

So you don’t need to be a writer to use a journal.

You just need to know how to use your journal as tool of enquiry.