my journaling time is a kind of ritual. it’s the time i connect with my inner-self. i listen to a deeper voice, my soul’s voice, so i need solitude and silent. a candle and earth elements close by. sometimes i draw a card, to use it as a prompt. coffee or tea is a must. my favorite tools are a plain Moleskine notebook and a Micron pen. this week i’m joining a writing challenge on IG, #quietwriting, i like the prompts and i’m joining it because it is a short challenge, only 7 days. yesterday’s prompt was ‘creative space’ and i shared this photo showing my journaling time.
And you? where/how do you like to write?
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.
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.
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.
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.