Over time, journaling can become second nature. When we sit down with our usual tools in our usual spot at our usual time, our brain knows exactly what it needs to do and it taps into that place that it usually taps in to and we begin writing. Journaling may then become just another activity, like washing the dishes or folding the laundry.
The good news is that these everyday activities provide a fantastic doorway to strengthen our practice of presence awareness. Simply by noticing what is new about each encounter with a regular activity, we can discover something new about ourselves. With enough practice, we come to realize that what never changes is the presence which is aware of what is changing. A great discovery indeed!
Today while journaling, notice what is different about your setting that in most other ways seems very much the same; notice the changeless foundation from which change arises; notice how your next breath is not the same as the last. That’s it!
How strange it is to realize that on a universal scale, our massive, life-giving sun which dwarfs our planet so completely is but a tiny speck in the cosmos.
How strange it is to realize that on a scale of all time, the entire history of humanity is but a tiny blip.
To this humble being, Earth seems massive, and even the scale of our man-made structures give me pause, yet this planet is indiscernible on a universal scale, much like the atoms that comprise my body are indiscernible to the naked eye.
How strange it is to realize that I am but a single indiscernible atom in the universal body, and that my only true contribution is to be most fully myself.
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