noticing # 41

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Noticing how calm I feel after writing. I don’t understand why I resist in doing it. Today I wrote about causes and consequences. Each little thing we do in this world has a consequence.  It isn’t easy to accept it, but learning to accept and learn to let go is a must if we want to live in harmony with ourselves.

“The wound is the place where light enters you” Rumi

Have a lovely Sunday!

E.

noticing # 34

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writing and writing, trying to lay down words on the pages of my journal to understand what is going on in my mind. somedays this process is easy, others not so much. i feel disconnected from my true-self, there are so many things going on, not only in my small world but in the big world, things that directly or indirectly affect us all.

this time of the year is wonderful, but it’s a little scary too. the winter is coming, months and months of grey skies and snow, lots of time indoors. if we are not careful the winter blues can take over.

i want to focus on what matters right now. i don’t want to fit and please others, i want to be true to myself, to be strong and let go of what/who doesn’t bring me joy, so i’m ready for the long winter.

happy sunday to you!

E.

 

noticing # 17

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“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”
Coco Chanel

notebook, pen, magazines clips, glue… doing what i want and i need to keep my mind busy. grateful to be able to play with this stuff without hurry, just enjoying and letting go.

have a lovely day and don’t forget to make time for yourself!

E.

noticing # 16

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quiet in my life ::  yoga, meditation, and journaling early in the morning. this is my ‘me time’. love to wake up early and to know that for an hour or so i’ll not be disturbed. some days i get lazy and stay in the bed but most of the time i get up and start my day being positive.

my friend Delicia is creating personal meditations, you can check out here. she has lovely meditations in there and i asked her to create a personal meditation for me. she knows me well and i trusted that she’d pinpoint all my needs in the meditation.

i received my meditation last week, love it! the meditation is grounding, but at the same time makes me feel light and free. i’m practicing it every day since them and i feel that unpleasant thoughts are getting weaker and i’ve more room for creativity in my mind. isn’t it great!

my ‘me time’ makes me a better person to others, but the most important makes me a better person to myself.

hugs,

E.

 

 

Monday musings

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Finally, I’m getting my journaling mojo back. Few scribbles here and there, but I’m writing much more now than I’d done in the last few months.

I’ve been journaling, almost every day, since 2013. This year I had my first long break of it, I can say a forced break. I’m so glad I hadn’t lost my journaling practice forever. It is part of my morning routine, and my day is always better when I put down a few or lots of words on the paper.

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This is my tiny red Moleskine, 5 x 7 inches. I’m using it mainly for collage, and sometimes acrylic painting. The pages are thick enough so the painting doesn’t leak to the back page.

Today I added few magazine clips, words and the moon cycle to these pages. I’m pretty happy with the result.  The words and the moon cycle are from my Right Brain Planner kit.

Have a great week!

E.

 

 

My journaling practice

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Hello,

I’ve been away from this space for several months because of health issues. I’m back now, I miss this space where I can share my thoughts with you. I’m still recovering, so I’m planning to post once a week and I wish my posts can inspire you. My posts will be about my journaling practice, art journal, books I’m reading, my garden…, beautiful things around me.

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Why do I journal?

I’ve been journaling, almost every day, since 2013. Generally, I write 2 to 3 pages in the morning before starting the daily chores. I need to lay down my thoughts on the pages of my notebook to understand my feelings, to answer questions that are floating in my mind and to discern between what is really important to me and the other stuff that I must let go.

I didn’t start to journal without any guidance, I read lots of books about journaling and writing until I settle down with my journaling style.  Here, here and here are three books that I keep on my desk as a reference and inspiration for my journaling.

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My Journaling style

It isn’t easy to transform our thoughts into written words, at least for me. I need silence and a pleasant environment, so I go down to my studio taking with me a cup of tea.  I light one or two candles and I warm my wrists with essential oil.  I take few deep breaths and I’m ready to open my notebook and decorate the pages. I use lots of washi tape and clips from magazines.

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As inspiration, I use Oracle/Tarot cards or poems/quotes, generally from Rumi and Hafiz or any book I’ve close by.

I believe that our minds keep secret messages from us and writing is a way to discover these messages. I’m always surprised with the messages that come up while I’m writing.

Hope you enjoyed to know a little bit of my journaling practice.

Elizabeth