I had the joy of leading a Women’s Nature Journaling Retreat Day yesterday and basked in the joys of exploring with other women the value of having a journal practice. Women came to get inspired, re-connect with their journaling, and to find new ways of healing themselves during the changing season. We spent time in the woods sitting a dozen feet apart, but still in the same forest, to explore how to mind map a fun journaling technique) what we want and need to strengthen in our lives.
It seem impossible to me, to navigate one’s life path without the practice of examination and reflection and my journal is the most direct way to find that clarity. I have no shoulds about journaling. For me it is pure decadent joy. It helps me cultivate my inner life and build strength. It allows me a forum for charting the regular daily happenings that may seem mundane but somehow lead me to feedback on what my life is saying to me.
It also gives me an outlet for artistic expression using color, paper, rubber cement and images to support my journaling process. Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down The Bones, said it all when she wrote, ” “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
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