July 5, 2014 at 4:59 am #1044
The Fall of 2008 was the first time I actually journaled using a prompt. I felt odd and uncomfortable trying to connect to a prompt that a veritable stranger had just given me. My writing started out clumsy and trite, but the final sentence revealed an unexamined quandary that had been undermining my ability to step with clarity or confidence. I wrote: “I don’t know how to not add to my husband’s unhappiness and still be me and live in peace.” In the years since, journaling has provided me space to find the answers to questions I didn’t even know to ask. Those answers have empowered me to make difficult decisions and step with compassion and commitment into uncharted territory.
Today before journaling, try going outside for a few minutes and listen deeply for the farthest bird song while simultaneously noticing the feel of the air on your skin; Perhaps take a slow, short stroll before returning inside; Smile and exhale just before picking up your notebook and pen. That’s it!
This week’s journal prompt is:
Week 9: “Following the golden thread woven throughout my life, I’ve come to understand . . .”July 6, 2014 at 4:59 am #1045
Following the golden thread woven throughout my life, I’ve come to understand that I live and I die by the choices I make. To sell my soul for anything short of fulfillment is a form of insanity. At what point do I stop bowing and start railing against the typhoon which will surely kill me? I will die anyway, so why not wave my tattered flag against the gale force winds? It’s daunting, and all but impossible, but I cannot think of a finer way to die.
Following the golden thread woven throughout my life, I’ve come to understand that I am a butterfly struggling to emerge from its chrysalis, and if I don’t make it out soon, I will die never having even spread my wings. Perhaps that is to be my journey. If so, is that okay?
Following the golden thread woven throughout my life, I’ve come to understand that reality and I create each other in equal measure: it’s a symbiotic partnership, and we keep each other honest. Taking responsibility for my role in the creation of heartache and devastation empowers me to either align with them or make a different choice. Either way, heartache and devastation break open, revealing the diamond hidden within.
As I’ve followed the golden thread woven throughout my life, the depth of despair has been transformed by the light of awareness and become a mountain peak with a stunning vista. Above all, I’ve come to understand that heartache and despair, joy and celebration, illusion and liberation, are woven from a single golden thread.
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