If we practice paying attention to our body sensations, we are able to notice things in the world that elicit a feeling, a quickening, a fleeting memory, whether comfortable or uncomfortable.
These "things" are personal place holders.
They elicit a body sensation because they are what we are supposed to be working with.
If we choose to move towards them, instead of pushing them away,
personal transformation is possible in our visual journaling practice.
Take time to notice the world around you; the shadows on your walls, the full bloom of spring, the glow at sunset, the homeless child on the street, the
smell of rich earth, the soft fur of a kitten, or the police siren in the distance. What enlivens your body?
Generating Primal Imagery From a Body Sensation
It is possible to generate visual imagery that expresses each and every feeling we have to add to your journal. This a safe place to gather and acknowledge these images.
When you feel a sensation, notice where it begins.
Put your hand there to acknowledge it.
Ask the sensation,
"If you were a color what color would you be?"
Is it dark/muddy? Is it bright?
"If you were a shape, what shape would you be?"
Is is curved or angular?
Is it smooth or prickly?
Take the first answer, don't question yourself.
Get this shape, color and texture down on a journal page
and then ask it what it needs from you next.
You only ever need to know the "next step".
The image is emerging.
No need to force it.
Now, keep adding to your journal in a random fashion,
letting the images inform one another.
4 Easy Ways to Add to Your Journal
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