The weather - rain, wind, sun, storms - created what can been seen as a beautiful living tree.
It didn't die, wither or waste away when uprooted.
How is your life affected when storms blow in? Do you survive or thrive? Learn and grow as a person? Something to journal about.
Interested in attending an experiential workshop on Humor & Healing and/or The Power of Journaling? Contact me with the name/number of the person I can reach out to at your church, synagogue or other organization/group in your city.
It's almost time to pack up and move on to new adventures. One must always be thinking out of the box and moving forward.
I will be concentrating on experiential workshops and events related to the Power in Journaling, Mind-Body Connection, and Humor & Healing.
Talk to your groups, organizations, churches and synagogues about hosting a workshop. Contact me at anytime at LiveYourToday@aol.com
I have a tendency to be a within the lines kind of person. I'm a rule follower, and feel safe when I know what the rules are, so I can check them off and know that I did everything "right."
Problem is that feelings ... and people ... can't be synthesized into a set of rules. There's no checklist, so there's no way to know if I did anything "right."
Over the years, I have often taken pen to paper in order to write about my feelings or write through an issue I'm having with someone. I used to write in pretty journals, but now I prefer yellow legal pads, college ruled. And I have a particular type of pen that I write with. The ink just flows smoothly and cleanly, and nothing ever gets smudged. I take my special pen and write in neat printing or maybe all caps or sometimes even flowy cursive. Either style works. It just has to be exactly the same for the whole piece.
I start each line justified left and can almost always make sure it's also justified right. The pages look so pretty and neat. And no mistakes either. I self-edit as I write, so nothing is crossed out, no misspelled words or missing punctuation. But that's not really journaling is it? Journaling is about being real not about making sure every line is the same length or putting a copy editor out of business.
At a workshop one time, the leader instructed me (specifically, me out of maybe 50 participants) to write my workshop journal responses on a diagonal, outside the margins, make mistakes, etc. It was hard for me. I ended up writing at about 30 degree angle on each line and to each edge of the page ... and I edit as I write, so no mistakes. It looked different, but was still "perfect." A few years ago, I started typing out journal entries on the computer. That helps with the self-edit because I type a lot faster than I write. But somehow it's just not the same. There's a different connection when I'm physically creating the words on paper.
Special notebooks, using different pens, writing with my non-dominant hand or any other technique is helpful to do things differently, to give my brain a boost. Ultimately, I just have to make a conscious effort to set aside my desire to make everything look right and focus instead on making it feel right so I can learn more about myself and continue to grow. A.D.
The Color Outside The Lines(c) healing journal will no longer be sold to individuals on this website. In addition to my writing about the Mind-Body Connection & the importance of healing through journaling and humor, I will be facilitating workshops for groups, organizations, churches and synagogues.
A copy of the journal will be available to participants of each workshop.
Please pass this message on to all you know that might be interested in organizing an experiencial, hands-on workshop or community event. For information email: LiveYourToday@aol.com - Hope to see you at a workshop.
It’s been written that the top five most stressful life events are:
You don’t have to check a box from the list of five when you live every day with something that seems to cause you stress.
Stress causes physical changes that range from headaches, tense muscles, disease and seizure disorders. Being late for an appointment, waiting on a long line, stuck in bumper to bumper traffic or any number of “little things” that aren’t going your way can cause the mind to stress out, the body to react. It's a medical fact that on-going stress from our thoughts DO affect the body.
What tools do you know about to combat stress? Do you use them? Are you the type of person who needs to be hit over the head with an illness because you didn’t “have time” to sit quietly for a minutes, to journal thoughts/feelings, listen to music, or any number of things that relieves the mind of heavy thoughts?
This is not the first time you’ll hear “we have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others”. Just 3 to 5 minutes for yourself will do the trick. Time one minute. You’ll find it’s a very long time. Take one minute out of your day for yourself. Do it three times a day and see what a difference in makes. Let me know!
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
― Lewis Carroll
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung
Journaling is a big word that confuses some and leaves others unsure about what it's all about and how to do it. There are no rules in journal keeping, there’s nothing to buy.
What’s needed to start? A piece of paper, paper bag, or the back of wrapping paper will work. Pencils, markers and/or crayons can be used. The willingness to make marks and/or put words on paper is all that's necessary.
Learn more about the power of journaling on our home page. The healing journal -Color Outside The Lines – provides what you need to uncover, discover and continue to grow as a person.
“Plant a seed day” was a few weeks ago. Many features on television and articles on the internet talked of the importance of preparing the soil and how to plant seedlings for a variety of items.
As I listened and read, my mind took off in a different direction. Planting seeds of thoughts and ideas don’t need actual soil preparation. Our parents, teachers, random people we listen to “plant seeds” all the time. Some take root and some don’t. Some seeds are positive in nature while others are negative.
Do we act or react because negative seeds were planted when we were children and we’ve allowed them to grow deep roots? Do we plant positive seeds when we talk to those we care about/come in contact with?
We can look at our behaviors by going inward; explore why we feel and act the way we do about certain things. Have we made our own decision or are we thinking/acting on what others told us is the way to think or act? Who planted the seeds we let grow?
Awareness comes first. There are many good “root killers” for thoughts and behaviors we no longer want. Journaling is a free root killer. Try it … what do have to lose?
Life: a mixture of days with laughter and tears - sadness and joy. It may sometimes feel like the balance is off and you have more days of sadness, loss, illness, or other challenges than happiness. When you feel this way, it's important to look at how you cope.
Do you use substances, food, sex, spending, hiding under the covers or do you use healthy coping skills? What we do to live life – through the good, the bad and the ugly times - shouldn’t take away the reality of “feelings” but allow us to handle whatever is going on. In other words, live life on life’s terms.
Many find journaling a great way to deal with feelings. If used the right way, humor and laughter is a good tool during life crises. It shouldn’t be used to cover up or avoid feelings but to help deal with them.
There’s nothing funny about death but laughter can be heard at wakes and funerals when people tell stories about the person’s life. There is nothing funny about a disease being diagnosed but it’s important to find humor in the medical procedures that are beyond what a science fiction author could dream up and the fact that doctors take the place of friends on speed dial.
Laughter is healing. It stimulates the heart and respiratory system, increases circulation and exercises stomach and chest muscles. The results are similar to the benefits from physical exercise.
There are groups in Asian countries that meet in the park to laugh. Yes, that’s right. They fake laughs. If something mimics the real thing, it works. Laughter is contagious. Watch someone laugh and you start yourself. Make believe a laugh looking in the mirror and you'll start laughing for real.
We were taught to never swim alone, to swim with a buddy. How about a laugh buddy? Are you laughing at the thought? If you need one, let me know. It’s what gets me through the day.
February ... love is in the air.
A month focused on elaborate cards, heart shaped candies, boxes of chocolates and roses sold by the dozens. Children in school spend hours making cards for their friends. Restaurants cater to those who want to show their partner they are loved and cared for.
Do all these things say and show what love is?
I think LOVE is an everyday feeling; towards others, yes, but always for self. If we don’t love and accept ourselves how can we know what to give someone else? How we talk to ourselves is an indicator of feeling love. Do we call ourselves names, do we put ourselves down? Is that how we treat others we profess to love or would we never talk to someone else the way we do ourselves?
An interesting topic to journal about. What is love? Do we really love ourselves? How do we love ourselves? Others? What do think the opposite of love is? I just read a book that mentioned the opposite of love is not hate, which many of us think of automatically, it’s selfishness. Hmmmmmmmm … another excellent thought to explore and write about.