• being human,  embodiment,  writing

    Choosing Calm Over Chaos

    Wow, what a week. The world feels crazy right now with this Coronavirus pandemic. Lots of people have lots of opinions. The entire thing is politically divisive. The media is creating an even greater divide, inducing panic and fear. Yesterday, the energy was palpable to me. Not a thought-based panic but a body-based felt-sense of the madness within the collective. The dread arrived as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning. I couldn’t rid myself of the anxiety right away but I did work with it throughout the day. Presence over pushing it away. When the world feels like it’s spiraling out of control, I find simple ways to calm my nervous system. Here are 11 ideas for choosing calm over chaos: Breathe. Repeat. Breathe. Repeat. Breathe. Repeat. Go outside. Take in the fresh air. Take a walk. Play with your kids.…

  • being human,  writing

    Creativity + Organization = Grounded Self Care

    Tapping into my creativity is my self care. Yes, I have other ways I care for myself like eating well, movement, positive self-talk, gratitude and plenty of rest, but also at the top of that list is creating. I just don’t think I realized or put it into that context until the last few years. For over a quarter of a century I’ve been writer, personally and professionally. For about the past 15 years I’ve written and blogged a lot more personally out of necessity. I feel calmer and more grounded when I write regularly, yet it has only been in the last few years that I’ve put writing in the context of creativity, and have felt a need to explore other ways to achieve similar results. Since that time I’ve continued to write, added in painting and drawing and knitting and chanting and…

  • being human,  breath,  writing

    Knowing and Not Knowing

    I write. It’s the one thing I do consistently, the one thing I’ve continually done to make sense of life. Ideas mill about in my head, and until I sit down, put fingers to a keyboard or pen to paper, thoughts don’t solidify. They stay scattered. It’s unsettling. Writing grounds me. Lately I’ve been feeling out of sorts. In my deepest essence I feel a need for change and I know the general areas that need change but can’t find a clear path forward. Or maybe I’m struggling with commitment. Perhaps old patterns are sabotaging me, or worse yet I’m afraid of succeeding, shining, becoming too big. I am in the last half of my life. That fact really just became clear in the last few months. I don’t know why I didn’t consider it before, but I didn’t, at least not at length.…

  • being human,  writing

    5 Minute Sprint: A Journal Writing Exercise + 5 Journal Prompts

    Interested in journaling? Here is a journal writing exercise that can be done in five minutes with five prompts you can use each day: HOW: Set a timer for five minutes. Write without stopping. At the end of the time, stop writing, even if mid-sentence. WHAT: Five Prompts: Who am I? Why am I here? What do I want? A.M.: Ask. What is my highest intention today and what does that look like? P.M.: Thank. What moments were most beautiful today? “To heal the self is to heal the world.”

  • being human,  writing

    A Blueprint for Daily Journaling

    Though I don’t journal every day I do try to pen something most days and morning pages are great. Some days. (I find them to be useful when I have a lot on my mind or am frustrated by something, but a bit of a waste of time on other days.) Continually seeking meaning behind my inner life, journal prompts help me get to the heart of what I think and feel. But after spending a lot of money on journal prompt books in the past that didn’t get used, I opted for a standard one-word list last year.  This one word leaves the prompt more open to interpretation than lengthy questions to answer. Some days I use it; others not, and I’ll use special prompts on special occasions: full moons, new moons, equinoxes, solstices, holidays, birthdays, various events, etc. If you’d like to adopt the practice,…

  • being human,  writing

    Happy Happy 2020!

    New Year’s Eve and Day are excellent times to do reflective journaling and I find that specific prompts best help me to direct my thoughts. Here are three journal prompts you can use today to get 2020 off to a great start.

  • being human,  writing

    Year End Reflection Journaling

    Journaling is all about reflection: thinking about where you’ve been, where you’re going, what you’ve done well, what needs work, what you’ve learned, what you might continue to do, etc. And if you’re not a current journaler, a great time to get started is at year’s end. The benefits of journaling are endless. Here are just a few great reasons to start.  Ready to set your 2020 resolutions or intentions? That’s great, but research shows we’re more successful if we look back before forging ahead. On this almost last day of 2019, take stock of the current year before moving into 2020. Here are a few questions to consider on your look back. Journal about one or more of them. Is there anything you’d like to celebrate or acknowledge about the past year? What in 2019 are you most proud of? What setbacks occurred in the…

  • being human,  writing

    Journaling to Heal

    Our lives are living processes; we are human processes as much as anything. The only certainty is change. I reflect today about how things were a year ago. 2017 and 2018 were extremely hard years, and my goodness, did I fully participate in them. I didn’t run. I didn’t hide. I faced the ugly and the pain. I deepened my embodiment practices and I journaled and cried and journaled and cried some more. I practiced yoga and gratitude (as much as I could), I got outside a lot. But the single most impactful thing that facilitated healing was my writing/journaling practice. Seeing it all on a page in black and white made me face it, understand it, and gave me the ability to work with and to change what needed changed. Fast forward to today, 2019 has been a pretty good year. I’m ready…

  • being human,  writing

    Reflecting + Sharing the Gift of Journaling

    I’ve been thinking about life in general and the things I share here and on social media. Social media is definitely a ‘highlight reel’ but I try to be real and write about the things I’m going through; I try to honor the human-ness that connects us. My writing life was built around these topics; its the reason my website, soul fabric, was born. But, there’s a lot I don’t share too. I journal almost every day. I have for years, and I see how much sense I’m able to make of life in the process. Things that don’t make sense in my head come to life on a page. The next step in the evolution of my soul is facilitating these experiences for others. I’m learning more about therapeutic writing and am in the process of becoming a ‘Write Your Self’ Guide and…

  • being human,  writing

    Keeping a Commonplace Book

    I have collected and filled notebooks for years, mostly recording things I was learning, other times journaling or Morning Pages. Beginning in my teens, I continued sporadically, and by my late twenties, I was deep into yoga and yogic philosophy, filling several notebooks with wisdom. I didn't know there was a name for what I was doing until a few years ago. I ran across the Bullet Journal concept which covered bits of it, but it didn't address all of the note-taking I had been doing for years. A Commonplace Book is the name given to small notebooks that house notes, learnings, anecdotes and more. I consistently keep a Commonplace Book with Bullet Journal elements so all of my stuff is tidy in one space.