Journaling in the New Month
We've put together a simple guide to journaling your way through the rest of the year. We like to do this just once, either at the beginning of the month or at the full moon (November 3rd). You may like to do it twice, once at the start of the month and then again at the end, or you may try to commit to a regular weekly or biweekly schedule if there is a lot going on in your life at the moment. Even if you don't write these things down, take a few moments to connect with yourself on a deeper level. You'll feel a sense of clarity, purpose and knowingness as well as acceptance, openness and a newfound enthusiasm for what is to come - even if you don't know what that is yet.
1. LET GO
Figure out what no longer serves you or what you are struggling to let go of and what might be holding you back. This could be past or recent experiences, people, places, things or thoughts.
Take this chance to brainstorm what you want most from your life, and what you would do if you could do anything. It sounds far out, but the more you focus your thoughts, time and energy on what you really want, the more likely they are to occur.
As we shift in seasons once again, this is a great time to reorganise your things and the spaces in which you live and work, as well as your thoughts. Throw out things you no longer need or tidy away things you don't require right now (like summer clothes). Reducing physical clutter is known to affect mental clutter and moods.
Where you are and how far you've come. Spend some time listing your achievements in your entire life or in the past year. Start from the beginning and when you're done, compare how far you have come and acknowledge how much you have achieved, even if those achievements are small things.
If you're stuck for specifics, start writing and spend 5-10 minutes writing in a stream of consciousness. Don't be concerned with spellings or grammar or making any sense at all. Focus on your thoughts and start writing, and let it cease naturally. Once you're done, read back over what you've written, and if you want, underline or highlight things that jump out at you - either positive things or negative things. Classify them into things you need to let go of and things you are striving for, and try to turn any negative things into more positive ones.
Spend 10 minutes listing everything you are grateful for. This can be things from your whole life so far or from the past year alone.
List the things you want to change. This is a powerful exercise in noticing the things in your life you want to change in some way. Some times we just get stuck and unless we realise it, its difficult to keep moving.
Adopting a new mantra or intention is powerful both in meditation or in making daily affirmations. Whether you already have a mantra (or several) or have never used a mantra in your life, now is a good time to go in search of one that resonates with you; that offers some clarification or support in whatever you're experiencing or want to be experiencing right now. Write it down in a notebook or journal, or somewhere you will see it daily.