Desert Jewel Institute
February, 2016

In the workshops and in the book Living Hope - Steps to Leaving Suffering Behind I discuss using our resources.  The more resources we have the more resilient we become and the greater our possibilities.

This month's resource: Journaling

Journaling turns you into a writer through the gentlest of practices. Talking on paper about what is important to you, what is on your mind and what you care about is just that, talking. Really more like talking to yourself. Decades of journaling, I think led to the ease in which I write books today. Getting into that flow where your thoughts just pour onto the paper, journaling certainly facilitates that.

When journaling, spelling doesn't count, handwriting only needs to be legible to you and it doesn't have to ever be shared with anyone. Most importantly don't judge yourself, just enjoy expressing yourself.

Date your writing so you have a reference point if you choose to reread them or do something with them in the future.  Each time a journal is complete you can save it or toss it. If you save it, realize someone may one day read it.

You can just write about what is on your mind. You can use guides such as: sentence starters, includng When I think about my childhood I ... When I remember why I took this job I ... That dream last night set me to wondering about ...  You might also like including a daily gratitude list. There are lists of topics and prompts on the internet including Marilisa Fabrega excellent web page.

The Sky's the Limit

·         What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

·         What would you do if money were no object?

·         What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes?

·         What's your wildest dream?

·         What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?

·         What grand adventure do you wish you could go on?

·         If you could be an expert in any filed or activity, what would it be?

·         What would your perfect day be like?

I'll talk with you again next month about resources and the joyful life you can create for yourself.


Lynne Cockrum-Murphy
Desert Jewel Institute