Why Journal as a Spiritual Practice?

Why would anyone keep a journal?

I use mine to whine, to rail, to complain… to call in change.
I use mine to chronicle, sort through, dig deep… to call in change.
I use mine to talk directly with Source, or to balance my inner selves… and call in change.
I use mine to workshop my relationships, grow my business, grow myself… and call in change.

Journalling is a text of the self. And the way I do it, it’s a text of the higher self. It’s about letting my lower self, my monkey mind, my cortisol laden brain clear out so my higher self and my purpose can get through.

Plain paper, an inspiring writing implement, the page, and you. What a beautiful way to start each day.

Start each day with Journaling as a Spiritual Practice.

Here is what I know is true:

I cannot lie on the page
I cannot commit to straight lines or neatness
I cannot always use words
I sometimes skip journaling as an avoidance tactic (see #1)
I sometimes journal when I have nothing to say just to clear the way
My journal is my refuge and solace

It’s the place where I write letters to my Mama, who isn’t here any longer. I write to my guardian angels and my divine feminine leaders. I write to my child and to my inner child. Blessings, prayers, poems, blurts, plans, welcome all.

I also write things I don’t intend others to see. My mother kept a journal where she “dumped” big blobs of worry. In everyday life, she was an optimistic person. I believe in my heart that she was able to see the bright side of things because she got them out of her psyche and onto the page.

I journal to cope. For decades, I’ve struggled with stress and seasonal blues. Journaling is my pathway through the dark months and back to light.

Due to the recent political climate, I have returned to my journal as a way to find a stillpoint in the chaos, a touchstone, a way to hear myself think and feel without the cacophany of monkey minds we encounter online and in life these days.

Taking this right action led to almost instantaneous infusions of energy and clarity. As my favorite poem by Max Ehrmann says, “Go out amidst the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”

Find the silence where your inner voice resides with Journaling as a Spiritual Practice

This kind of silence isn’t the one of “keeping quiet.” It’s the place where we find our voices and meet our truth. It’s a place that’s above or beyond the commonplace in resonance. It’s the sacred space where journalling takes place.

My favorite way to journal is to prepare the space. I clear the table, lay out my tools as though I’m creating a formal place setting for a special dinner with a lover. I light a favorite candle: orange or nutmeg with coffee beans or spice. Ground and center. I open my eyes and begin to write. Stream of consciousness, the words spill over the page in blobs and blurts. I write without lines and without limits. Whatever comes, comes.

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Sherri McLendon offers Journaling as a Sacred Practice, first Mondays monthly through June 2018.

I write in different ways at different times of day. At night, I may write about why I cannot sleep, why the owl hoots at the dog who barks back, or I may make a list of gratitudes. Gratitude journaling at night is a beautiful way to close a day.

So you’ll find different types of journals scattered all over my house dedicated to different types of journalling. For most meanderings, I recommend an 8 1/2 by 11 sketchbook journal with no lines. Should you need boundaries, you’ll be the person defining those. If you choose an artist’s pad with spiral binding, decorate the front cover with fabric or special paper and trim to make the journal special to you.

Over the next 12 months, a beautiful group of women and I will work with a range of journalling techniques, tactics and tools gleaned from more than two decades of writing my way back to center. Learn more by clicking on the Journaling tab or one of the links in this post.

It’s my honor and joy to share this work from a place of gratitude and pure love of Journaling as a Spiritual Practice. 

So be it.

Sherri L. McLendon, MA, is a presence based marketing public relations pro, conscious business coach, and lead content strategist with Professional Moneta International,http://www.professionalmoneta.com.

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The concept & substance of FREE: gifts and offers

Gifting is an old, somewhat troubled concept.

When we look backward in time, we can gather clues to its problematic origins and nature. In its earliest incarnation, we find the word gift within the prehistoric Germanic root word, geb, the source from which English gets the verb, to give.
When the word finds its way into Old English, it means ‘bride price,’ a
usage which wanes in the Middle Ages, to be replaced by the similar word gift from Old Norse, possibly delivered to Brittania’s shores by conquering Vikings. And though today, the word gift generally has a positive connotation in modern English, a consideration of hundreds of possible synonyms and antonyms suggest a history of giving which moves from that which is freely given, to that which is required as payment for being conquered, subscripted, indentured, or ceded. In modern German, Swedish, Danish, and Dutch, the same word negatively connotes poison. So when I say that Gifting, in its most elegant form, is a source for the creation of abundance, we are talking about gifting as a form of blessing
we bestow upon one other freely. This type of gift is more consistent with the concept of an “offering.” Here’s what I mean.

The concept of offering comes to us from early Christian Rome, and came into old English meaning to offer up a sacrifice, something made holy by the act of giving. Not coincidentally, sacrifice and sacrum have the same root word, a reference to a time in ancient Greece when the bottom section of the spine, was used in sacrificial
ceremonies.  Most of us are aware that the sacral chakra is the seat of abundance, where we move from survive into thrive (usually associated with the second chakra), it’s where we feel supported in our mission and vision.

When we make a gift to our community, we are essentially crafting a sacred offering. We draw energetically from our own deep-seated abundance. The act of the offering becomes the energizing spark of a sacred relationship with another.

Andrea Adler notes the connection between a “free taste” as a gift to our ideal clients through our business and an offering. She writes:

“Find something that has value in your business that you know your audience will appreciate and give it away. Don’t worry about your initial investment, it will come back to you tenfold. Just remember, the offering from your inventory… must have enough substance and integrity to be worth stepping forward and giving away in the first place.” (emphasis mine, The Science of Spiritual Marketing).

In other words, the thing given away must not only have monetary value, it must be valued over and above any price placed upon it. A well-placed offer honors the recipient, and reflects the “substance and integrity” of the giver. The offer is not a bribe, does not guarantee the recipient will do what you wish. Instead, the offer must be freely given, from the heart, no strings attached.

Then, and only then, your heart has the space to open to receive.