Mindfulness and Journaling

Over the weekend I went on a course to raise personal and professional awareness on mindfulness and journaling. Discussions were around the power of this insight for children, parents and professionals to tune into feelings and surroundings to become more attentively aware of the reality of things.

By doing so, movements and reactions become less of a shock as there is more preparation on how the mind and body is going to manage a situation. The brain is more able to act on cognitive, rational thinking rather then victim/protection instincts when it has more understanding and ability to control.

A journal can be seen as a learning companion. The more that is put into it, the more that comes out. It is recommended that the journal is a design that makes you want to pick it up to write in it and hold. This journal is incredibly personal to you so it must remain confidential with this respected. The journal is a reflection on your personal thought and feelings against yourself and the world.

A journal can help you to make sense of thoughts and feelings and create a sound outcome by creatively mapping the challenges faced. It allows contact with the inner critic and the inner voice that provides affirmation. New insight could be towards personal or professional goals. The end result is towards achieving something you really want to succeed in or happen either in yourself (finding your inner warrior, self belief or confidence) or in a profession (changing career paths, achieving higher results or acknowledging/saying what you want). There is nothing that you can’t do, be or have. Think SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realist, timely.

Something creative: Due to the left hemisphere brain being where logic is positioned and the right hemisphere being the emotional brain, by using the hand you do not write with to answer questions and draw pictures, there is closer connection with the emotional self, as opposed to the cognitive self.

Mindfulness practice has been inherited from Buddha tradition to Western society due to its strength in alleviating mental and physical conditions.

To name a few books:

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Mark Williams

Recovery of Your Inner Child. Lucia Capacchione

The Power of Your Other Hand: A Course in Channeling the Inner Wisdom of the Right Brian. Lucia Capacchione

Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself. Lucia Capacchione

The Art of Emotional Healing. Lucia Capacchione

Visioning. Lucia Capacchione

The Artists Way: A Course in Discovery. Julia Cameron

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