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Journaling for Joy

 

Journaling can be beneficial to your well-being. It is therapeutic and healing or can be just for fun and self-expression. Research has proven journaling has the power to improve our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It has also been proven to:

  • Help you find peace
  • Decrease your heart rate and lower blood pressure
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Improve your self-esteem.
  • Help you manage stress
  • Help you prioritize the important things in your life.
  • Helps you let go of negativity
  • Helps you tap into your “inner ding”
  • Be creative, fun, and happy
  • Honor yourself, your life, your true friends, and family
  • Find gratitude and abundance
  • Tap into the Universal source of energy
  • Send out positivity in the Universe

 

“When we allow ourselves quietness and inner contact regularly, we may no longer need to get sick in order for our inner selves to get our attention.”

Shakti Gawain

 

My Personal experience

When I pick up my pen and paper, I go to a place of great joy, grief, darkness, laughter, transformation, spirituality, celebration, creativity. I write to remember, and forget. I write to heal, and find inspiration. Sometimes I even amaze myself; I wonder how I came up with such a great piece.

Journaling is meditation with a pen in my hand. Journaling is a place I can listen to my inner self. Find what is truly important in my life.

 

Find a quiet, inspirational “sit” spot

I find it helpful to find a quiet, inspirational “sit” spot. Mine is a place amongst the trees by my house. A digital-free zone. A place where I can feel the breeze, and hear the birds.

 

“It is easier, sometimes to become focused on the healing of our outer lives, of the world than it is to look at the need for healing our inner lives.”

 

Susan Borkin

Make it yours

 

Make it your journal. A place where you can use colored pencils, markers, stickers, black ink. A place where you can doodle. Slow down, breathe, and write. Listen to your heart. Listen to your body. It whispers, and if we aren’t still we can’t hear what it has to say. Write those whispers down on paper. While writing you are training your mind to listen to what your heart and your body is telling you. You may also learn to listen to your soul.

 

Quiet your ego

We all have times when our self-talk, usually from our ego, tries to sabotage us. The inner critic, brings us stress, anxiety and fear which can derail our best intentions. We need to find ways to quiet the ego or inner critic.  Law of attraction experts teach us that what we focus on grows, what we believe and think about is what we ultimately manifest in our lives. Reaching our highest potential means we must silence our ego. In short, with journaling, you can quiet the ego, create an abundant mindset, and literally write things down and make them happen. The power of intention combined with the energy of emotion sprinkled with your truth creates an alchemy of desire, that when put on the page of your journal is like casting a spell into the Universe!

 

Prompts or activities

Write a letter to your ego telling him why you won’t let him sabotage you.

 

Tell your ego what tools you are going to use against him.

 

What are you really good at? Don’t be modest, it is your journal, toot your horn.

 

What made you so good at this?

 

Do you have a craving? Reach for your journal instead of food. Explain how drinking a glass of water helped your food craving.

 

Write a meditation or a prayer of gratitude. What are you thankful for today. What is your Universal gift for the day? Explain how you enjoyed it and how special you are to be able to receive such a beautiful gift from God or the Universe. Explain it in great detail, what did it look like, how did it make you feel.

 

Write about what clutters your life. Is it actual clutter or is it negative people? How and what are you going to clean out of your life and what is my life going to feel like once I am organized and clutter free?

 

Write how important it is to be spiritual. What are your beliefs. What in your beliefs do you doubt and what do you hold as truths.

 

Write about your worst and your best habit. How can you break the bad habit and nurture the good one.

 

Write a letter or an email to an old friend. Tell them what you have been up to. Explain what their friendship means to you. Either send or not.

 

Write a break-up letter to a negative person or event in your life. Get all those negative feelings out of you and on to paper. It is perfectly fine not to mail the letter.

Write about your happiest time. How you felt, what was it, how can you recreate that happiness?

 

Write a fiction story. Come on, be brave. No-one is going to read it unless you want them to. Nurture your creative side!

 

Use images as prompts

 

 

Ok, you get the idea…now write!

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Journaling for Joy

 

Journaling can be beneficial to your well-being. It is therapeutic and healing or can be just for fun and self-expression. Research has proven journaling has the power to improve our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It has also been proven to:

  • Help you find peace
  • Decrease your heart rate and lower blood pressure
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Improve your self-esteem.
  • Help you manage stress
  • Help you prioritize the important things in your life.
  • Helps you let go of negativity
  • Helps you tap into your “inner ding”
  • Be creative, fun, and happy
  • Honor yourself, your life, your true friends, and family
  • Find gratitude and abundance
  • Tap into the Universal source of energy
  • Send out positivity in the Universe

 

“When we allow ourselves quietness and inner contact regularly, we may no longer need to get sick in order for our inner selves to get our attention.”

Shakti Gawain

 

My Personal experience

When I pick up my pen and paper, I go to a place of great joy, grief, darkness, laughter, transformation, spirituality, celebration, creativity. I write to remember, and forget. I write to heal, and find inspiration. Sometimes I even amaze myself; I wonder how I came up with such a great piece.

Journaling is meditation with a pen in my hand. Journaling is a place I can listen to my inner self. Find what is truly important in my life.

 

Find a quiet, inspirational “sit” spot

I find it helpful to find a quiet, inspirational “sit” spot. Mine is a place amongst the trees by my house. A digital-free zone. A place where I can feel the breeze, and hear the birds.

 

“It is easier, sometimes to become focused on the healing of our outer lives, of the world than it is to look at the need for healing our inner lives.”

 

Susan Borkin

Make it yours

 

Make it your journal. A place where you can use colored pencils, markers, stickers, black ink. A place where you can doodle. Slow down, breathe, and write. Listen to your heart. Listen to your body. It whispers, and if we aren’t still we can’t hear what it has to say. Write those whispers down on paper. While writing you are training your mind to listen to what your heart and your body is telling you. You may also learn to listen to your soul.

 

Quiet your ego

We all have times when our self-talk, usually from our ego, tries to sabotage us. The inner critic, brings us stress, anxiety and fear which can derail our best intentions. We need to find ways to quiet the ego or inner critic.  Law of attraction experts teach us that what we focus on grows, what we believe and think about is what we ultimately manifest in our lives. Reaching our highest potential means we must silence our ego. In short, with journaling, you can quiet the ego, create an abundant mindset, and literally write things down and make them happen. The power of intention combined with the energy of emotion sprinkled with your truth creates an alchemy of desire, that when put on the page of your journal is like casting a spell into the Universe!

 

Prompts or activities

Write a letter to your ego telling him why you won’t let him sabotage you.

 

Tell your ego what tools you are going to use against him.

 

What are you really good at? Don’t be modest, it is your journal, toot your horn.

 

What made you so good at this?

 

Do you have a craving? Reach for your journal instead of food. Explain how drinking a glass of water helped your food craving.

 

Write a meditation or a prayer of gratitude. What are you thankful for today. What is your Universal gift for the day? Explain how you enjoyed it and how special you are to be able to receive such a beautiful gift from God or the Universe. Explain it in great detail, what did it look like, how did it make you feel.

 

Write about what clutters your life. Is it actual clutter or is it negative people? How and what are you going to clean out of your life and what is my life going to feel like once I am organized and clutter free?

 

Write how important it is to be spiritual. What are your beliefs. What in your beliefs do you doubt and what do you hold as truths.

 

Write about your worst and your best habit. How can you break the bad habit and nurture the good one.

 

Write a letter or an email to an old friend. Tell them what you have been up to. Explain what their friendship means to you. Either send or not.

 

Write a break-up letter to a negative person or event in your life. Get all those negative feelings out of you and on to paper. It is perfectly fine not to mail the letter.

Write about your happiest time. How you felt, what was it, how can you recreate that happiness?

 

Write a fiction story. Come on, be brave. No-one is going to read it unless you want them to. Nurture your creative side!

 

Use images as prompts

 

 

Ok, you get the idea…now write!

The new game…Wisdom of Wolves

Wisdom of Wolves

An old Indian chief was teaching his Grandson about life. He said, “There are two wolves fighting inside each of us. One is evil. It is pride, greed, anger, jealousy, hate, and resentment, while the other is good. It is love, humbleness, faith, hope, happiness, and courage.”

The Grandson asked, “Which wolf wins?”

The Chief replies, “The one you feed!”

Think about which wolf you are feeding.

Here is some food to feed our good wolf:

  1. Make a goal, a small achievable goal.

The key to making lasting change is to break things down into small achievable goals. We have a tendency to jump from point A to point Z and then we become overwhelmed. If we move from point A to point B, in small achievable increments we feel a sense of accomplishment even if it is a small one. When you move slowly along, achieving small goals, you will be able to connect the dots eventually and will have a solid line from point A to point Z.

  1. In dropping an old behavior, put a new one in it’s place

Behaviors that have been done over and over again become a habit. A habit is performed almost mindlessly or effortlessly throughout the day. If you drop that habit without replacing it with a new better behavior, there exists a slice of time in your life that just begs you to go back to the old habit. So, put another habit in it’s place.

 

  1. Making Good

A trigger is anything that reminds you of a behavior, good or bad. Making good triggers, or reminders is important to develop new, good habits. It is important to choose a trigger that will alert you to do the behavior at the right time and in the right place. Until you have developed your habit, your trigger will be there to remind you. For example, you want to drink more water. Leave your glass out by the sink to remind you. Leave a note in the appropriate spot, a signal, or even set a reminder on your phone, but you get the point. Triggers are crucial to developing new habits.

4.  Ambiguity or Uncertainty

Be specific what new behavior you want to develop or stop doing. Being uncertain leaves room for our ego to sabotage us. And remember, it is just a small achievable set to start out with, but make sure you know exactly what it is and how it will affect you in the long run. Knowledge is power. Ambiguity or uncertainty is an excuse for us to procrastinate.

5. Take it one day at a time

Be patient with yourself. Tell yourself you will make it through this day. Then when you do it is a notch on your belt. Set your goal for the next day. “I can make it through this day as well. Might just be “I can make it through the next hour”, or the next meal, or the next meeting. It can be overwhelming thinking of doing this certain behavior forever. When breaking it down, and bringing ourselves back to the present moment, doing the behavior for that moment or that day seems very manageable. Saying we are never eating sugar again seems almost overwhelming. Our ego gets in our way trying to sabotage us by saying “wait, what about your Granddaughters birthday in 3 months?!?” But, if we say, I’m not eating sugar at this meal, it seems very doable. Or, even break it down into minutes or hours. I’m not eating any sugar in the next hour. A small achievable goal. Be the wolf, the strong, confident, powerful wolf. You can do it!

Make it a game…Wisdom of Wolves

Our thoughts determine our feelings. Putting too much thought into negative feelings is feeding that bad wolf, (as well as our bad ego). Thoughts become feelings which influences our performance. Try thinking of those negative thoughts and events as a game. A game you control. In order to win you have to make a positive move or thought. This can make you feel empowered. A game you can win with just a few positive moves.

In feeding that good wolf, you must learn to identify the thoughts or actions that are a problem to you. Never think “I suck”, “I’m not good enough”. You are good enough, you don’t suck, stomp on those thoughts! Make that positive move with positive self-talk and challenge that bad wolf; “Bring it on sucker!” , watch those negative thoughts float into the clouds and disappear, or even better yet, watch the good wolf devour those bad thoughts, she rips them apart and in doing so feeds the good wolf. Check mate, game won. Acknowledge the mistakes you make, learn from them, and tell yourself they are done.

Negative people feed the bad wolf inside you. Do not for one second let their comments affect you. Don’t play into their negativity! They want you to react, they want to hurt you. They aren’t worth the energy you are spending worrying. Let their negativity go. You are in charge of this game. What they say cannot penetrate your thick coat. In your mind, watch your thick wolf’s coat repel the negativity, make no comment, smile and the good wolf is fed, and checkmate another positive move.

The good wolf needs to breathe. Take a slow deep breath, sucking in all the strength of the universe. The Universe offers all it’s strength if we ask. In your mind as you inhale slowly, ask for strength and feel the healing energy fill your lungs. Exhale slowly blowing out all the negative energy. Do this several times when you feel anxious. Relaxation, it is a positive move in your game.

Your game takes practice. Remember, start slow. You will eventually learn the all moves that help you the most.

You be the good wolf in your mind! Play the game and win!

Willpower isn’t what you think

If you are feeling bad and mad at yourself for not having the “willpower” needed to lose weight, I’ll make you feel a little better. Willpower isn’t a part of our moral fiber like we have been lead to believe for years. We aren’t “weak-willed”. Modern neuroscience has discovered that willpower is a simple brain function carried out by the anterior cingulate cortex which is also responsible for rational decision making. After making crucial decisions and resisting food, and non-food temptations, all day, we fall into a “willpower gap” and our will power is depleted. Modern living and modern eating has damaged our simple brain functions. I look forward to teaching you how to heal those simple brain functions, which will leave us happy, thin, free of food obsessions. Body, Mind, and Soul Support Solutions, in Elko, Nevada has health and wellness groups which can teach you some simple principles of neuroscience which affect our health, happiness, and weight loss. Knowledge is power, and learning more about how our brain deals with certain foods and stimulus is key to understanding what  we are doing to our bodies by eating certain foods such as sugar and flour and drinking mass quantities of alcohol. The more we understand the sooner we can take control. Call to reserve your spot in one of our classes or make an appointment for a one on one consultation.