I've been meditating every day since week 1 of yoga teacher training (YTT). I've just finished my third week of YTT.
I have gained a lot of insight on clearing my space since including this practice in my daily life. Clearing my headspace, physical space, spiritual space, and emotional space. It’s given me the additional grounding I need in this time of a pandemic amidst other things. It has deepened the meaning of my morning routine of praying with asemaa, nagamoyaan, and thanking creator.
Giving thanks and being grateful for the smallest of things, using our breath and putting words in the language to them, and taking a moment to remember our humanity in this world is what I think gratitude embodies. I think being grateful also gives space to acknowledge when we are emotional, sad, angry, hurt, or joyful. It’s not forcing you “to think about only the positives”. It’s not dismissing what is difficult or challenging. It is acknowledging what is. It’s about reflecting. Feeling what you do in this moment, and noticing what you appreciate about being human or in your life with readiness to give back what has been shared with you in a good way. I wanted to share some of this practice with you through journaling.
This is 7 Days of Gratitude Journaling Prompts starting on October 1st. I’m only doing 7 days, because I think you might be amazed at what you can teach yourself in one week by journaling. And I will be having more journal prompts in October.
Here are some things I want you to consider as you think about this journaling challenge. Keep in mind, there really is no right or wrong way to journal.
Choose a space where you can write down your thoughts undisturbed.
Choose to write using a paper and a pen or pencil. This builds more of a connection between your thoughts and what you're putting onto paper.
If you like to write with music, choose some songs that help you reflect to write.
Give yourself at least 15 minutes to respond to the prompt or free write.
Take a few moments, maybe time yourself for 5 minutes to close your eyes and think about the prompt. Write down what comes up for you with the remaining time that you have.
Write what comes to mind or what is coming up for you. If you’re not feeling the prompt, choose to free write or re-word the question so that it feels better to you.
If you’re new or returning to journaling, think about how you’d like to show up to your journaling space. In the meantime, find a notebook, trusty pen or pencil, and get ready to #writewithme. Watch for the first journaling prompt coming to you on October 1st!