Loving Kindness Wednesdays: Self-Care Tools and Techniques to Infuse Your Healing Journey with Love and Compassion
Beginning today and every Wednesday, I’ll be sharing a holistic and mindful practice that has helped me heal, become grounded, and move in the direction of my greatest potential.
To kick off Loving Kindness Wednesday, the first practice I recommend and highly encourage everyone to begin today is…
Now before you start rolling your eyes at me, telling yourself you don’t have time to write every day, or judging yourself as a crappy writer, I want to explain a few things:
1) Journaling doesn’t require perfect spelling, punctuation or even complete sentences.
2) Journaling is about sharing your thoughts with yourself, no one else.
3) Journaling reveals your inner poet; maybe not during your first entry, but I guarantee after a few days you’ll wonder if the words came from your mind or were divinely channeled from above.
4) Journaling is a form of meditation and has the power to ease stress, anxiety and PTSD triggers. I could bore you to death with personal proof and testimonials supporting this, so I’ll just let my years of writing and blogging serve as evidence. If you’ve read my first book, Escaping the Boy, and followed this blog, you know and have been witness to my emotional, mental and spiritual transformation over the past four years. It works!!
5) Journaling helps you remember things you’ve forgotten, good and bad. Writing down the bad helps you to finally purge yourself of the attached shame, regret, anger and remorse. Writing down the good re-teaches you how to see the joy in life with the same eyes you used as a child.
To get started, choose your medium, paper or electronic entries. Choose both if you like; I do. My new favorite electronic form of journaling is an app called Day One. With the app, you can password protect your writing, set up reminders to post, add an image to entries, tag your entries, and even include the location of where you were when you made your entry. The app has made my journaling practice a safe, rewarding and effortless one.
Once you decide how you’ll make your entries, set aside 10 to 20 minutes to write an entry every day for the next 21 days. After 21 days, let me know how it’s impacted your well-being and enthusiasm for transformation.
It’s never too late to begin again and manifest happiness from the inside out. Make journaling your newest healthy habit and ignite your healing journey today!
Have a beautiful Wednesday filled with loving kindness for yourself and the ones you love. If you’re already dedicated to journaling, please share your thoughts in the comments below.
©2016 Paula Carrasquillo at love. life. om.
Day One (Journal / Notes / Diary) by Bloom Built, LLC